February 5th Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Taking Flight
General News
Middle School News 
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Community Events
High School Electives


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


February 2015

Thurs 12 Planning for College Night for 11th grade parents at 6:30pm (See HS News)
Fri 20 End of Second Trimester for MS
Mon – Mon 23 – Mar 2 February Vacation


March 2015

Tues 3 Town Meeting Day, no school
Weds 4 Return to School
Thurs 12 Planning for College Night for 9th and 10th grade families, 6:30pm
Mon – Fri 16 – 28  MS Circus Interim
Mon 16  Junior Exhibitions
Thurs 26  Cafe Night
Fri 27  HS Inservice – no school HS only
Fri – Sat 27 – 28  MS Circus Performances
Mon 30  No School MS Only

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Save the Date:

We are thrilled to announce the dates for TSA’s third annual Celebration of the Arts – Taking Flight 2015!

2015 Taking Flight Logo
Free Family Arts Day
A fun-filled, creative day for the whole family

Sunday, April 12th, noon–4pm.
Workshops with local artists for all ages

Evening Gala and Auction
A great evening out
Friday, April 17th, 6pm–10pm (please note the change of date)
Live music with Jeanne and the Hi-Tops!
Live and silent auctions
Cash bar
We hope you can join us for both events. More information on donating to the auction, purchasing Gala tickets, and the Family Arts Day schedule will be arriving to your inbox soon!If you can’t wait to learn more, check out the Arts Celebration website: http://www.sharonacademy.org/arts-celebration

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Senior Celebrations! Parents, during your next visit to TSA high school, check out the Senior Celebration bulletin board.  In this space we recognize the effort seniors have put into making post-secondary plans.  In our rapidly growing world, it is important to recognize the many options that we have to change our lives AND the amount of thought and effort that individuals put into making these options a reality. Our students work hard on this and we want to celebrate them! Each penant on the bulletin board lists one option that one or more of our students are considering for after graduation.  As the year draws to a close, we will update the celebration board so that that it more clearly represents the post-secondary commitments of our graduating seniors.

Congratulations to two TSA students who will be participating in Governer’s Institute Winter Weekends: Max Farrington will be taking Astro Photography and Marilyn Groppe will be doing Advanced Math for Girls. GIV Winter Weekends are hands-on, intensive, academic/creative weekend events for any Vermont 9th-12th grader. At Winter Weekend students spend the weekend living on a college campus, making new friends, taking on an intensive study challenge and gaining exciting new skills and ideas. 


Alumni News

We love to hear what our alumni are up to.  
If you have any alumni news, academic or otherwise, please let us know!
For more alumni updates, check out our Alumni Updates Page.

General News

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Middle School News

Correction to second trimester end date: It has come to our attention that the date marking the end of the middle school second trimester (February 20th) which is posted on the TSA calendar is in error. The correct date is March 20th.

Major Social Studies Project:

Over the next two months, middle schoolers will be working on independent research projects about world religions.  They will do extensive independent work during this time, and while there will not be nightly assignments there are certainly deadlines that must be met.  It is really important that parents know about the project, the deadlines, and the quantity of self-direction and focus that will be needed to successfully accomplish this work. You can download the details here or from gradelink, and we would strongly encourage that you go over the whole packet with your student at the start of the project so everyone is on the same page.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Andrew Lane at alane@sharonacademy.net or call the school at 763-2531.


High School News  

Junior parents: Mark your calendar for the Planning for College Session on February 12 at 6:30.   We will discuss how to support your child in making plans for life after TSA including researching and applying to college.

Europe trip for high school students: It is not too late to sign up for the trip to Europe in February 2016! We will be touring culture and historical sites in Lucerne (Switzerland); Venice, Rome, Florence, and Pisa (Italy); Nice (France); and Monaco. For more information and to register, visit www.eftours.com/1585258ZP  You can also talk to either Kimberly Barnhart or Janice Stumpf, both of whom will be chaperoning the trip.

Driver’s Education: A class will be held this summer at TSA from June 15th to July 8th.  Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  Students will be scheduled for 6 hours of driving  during the afternoon. This class is open to TSA students only until April 17th the Friday before April vacation.  After that it is open to non TSA students.  There is always a demand for this class for non TSA students.  Please sign up early. To sign up please go to yankeedrivingschool.com print the application and send to Janice along with a $100.00 deposit made out to TSA. The total cost is $650. Any questions please email Gabriella at yankeedrivingschool@comcast.net or call 802 558 2897

Bienvenidos los Mexicanos! (Welcome Mexican Students) Last year, Mary, Christa, and Mary’s son, Thomas, traveled to Puebla México to explore and meet with teachers and students at the Prepa Ibero, with the hopes that we would be able to set up an exchange between our schools (The Prepa has three campuses, in Puebla, in Tlaxcala, and in Veracruz, and is associated with the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla.  It is very well regarded and has similarly aligned philosophies to TSA in programs and curriculum).  We are delighted to announce that this March, five students and two teachers from Prepa Ibero will be joining us for two weeks at the end of the month. They will all be hosted by TSA families, will attend classes as both students and teachers.  We hope that everyone will be their welcoming wonderful selves and reach out to these pioneers of what we intend to be a burgeoning and long-lasting relationship.

Right now we are gratefully all set with host families, but if your family is interested in further participation, such as a group dinners or excursion to Burlington or to view the Orozco murals in Hanover, please contact Tom or Mary to let them know.


Career & College Guidance

Scholarship Opportunities: We encourage seniors to apply for college scholarships.  No matter what the award amount may be, each scholarship  equals dollars that students do not have to pay out of their pocket in the future.  Listed below are a few of the thousands of scholarships available.  Seniors were also given more scholarship information in PATH class.

NEW POSTINGS as of 2/4/15

2015 Sherburne Womens Club Community Service Award.
This is a $1000 scholarship for students who are permanent residents of Killington or Pittsfield.  Applicant will be selected according to volunteer work, community service, extracurricular activities and dedication to others.  Application deadline is April 15, 2015.
For application and more information see Ellen.
The Heritage Family Credit Union offers four $1000.00 scholarships to students attending a college, trade school or university in 2015.  For application information contact Ellen or visit the Heritage Family Credit Union website.
Continuing Postings
  • Several scholarships are available through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.  Several of these do not require that you are a member of the VFW.  For more information go to:  http://www.ladiesauxvfw.org/programs-page/scholarships/
  • The St Andrew’s Society of Vermont offers four, $1000 scholarships for Vermont residents.  Applications and more information are available at:  http://www.standrewssocietyof vermont.org  Applications are due February 18.
  • The Vermont Golf Association offers scholarships.  Criteria used for selection include financial need, school performance, the applicant’s affiliation to the game of golf; such as competing on a golf team, working at a golf course or participation in golf programs or events.  Deadline is May 1.  For more information go to http://www.vtga.org/scholarship_app.html
  • The Vermont National Education Association/Maida F. Townsend Scholarship for $1000 is awarded to sons and daughters of Vermont-NEA members.  Deadline is February 2.  For more information go to http://vtnea.org/maida-townsend-scholarships.php
  • Hood awards a $5000 scholarship for college bound athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have spent time volunteering.  Deadline isMarch 6.  For more information go to https://www.hood.com/pressreleases/1121/

GAP Years: Within the career and college guidance community, there is a lot of talk about GAP years. More and more frequently, students will choose to take a GAP year between their high school graduation and enrolling in college. This can be a good option for many students. Students who chose to do a GAP year find more benefits when they have a plan for the year AND when they have been accepted to a college and chose to defer their enrollment for one year. To learn more about options for GAP years, senior parents and students should consider attending a GAP year fair such as this one:

USA Gap Year Fair
Monday, February 2, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Hanover High School, Hanover, NH 


Community Service Opportunities

TSA now has an active community service page on Facebook.
Like the page to be notified about current community service events and opportunities:
Have a community service opportunity that you wish to notify people about?
Email communityservice@sharonacademy.net with the information
and we will let our staff and students know about the opportunity.
Want to fill out our Community Service online form? Click here

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Community Events

Chandler Summer Musical: Auditions for Chandler’s summer youth musical, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, are scheduled for Sunday March 8 for teen lead roles and Sunday March 15 for elementary and teen chorus roles. On- and off-stage opportunities are available to students ages 7 through 18. To register, please contact Betsy Cantlin at betsycantlin@comcast.net or download audition forms at www.chandler-arts.org. Please register by March 4 as preparation for auditions is necessary.

Second Annual Nordic Cross event:  On Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond, VT,  join the fun at this the festive spring skiing event and test your skiing skills.  Or just come watch and cheer on the racers.  Enjoy a pancake feast with pure maple syrup made from the Cochran family sugarbush.  Music, prizes, and downright fun on skis for everyone!  Adults and kids race.  Fun for the whole family.  For more information and to register, www.cochranskiarea.com


Summer Opportunities

The US Naval Academy (USNA) summer STEM program: Summer STEM is designed to encourage rising 9th-11th graders from across the country to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school and college. Click here to watch the highlights from Summer STEM 2014.


Rising 9th Graders

06/01/15 – 06/06/15

Rising 10th Graders

06/08/15 – 06/13/15

Rising 11th Graders

06/15/15 – 06/19/15

Cost: $425* (includes room and board, meals and materials) *Some scholarships are available based on financial need of selectee.

The application closes April 15, 2014.  Click here to access the online application for the USNA Summer STEM program