TSA Newsletter, January 26, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

January 2017

Fri 27 HS Quarter 2 Marking Period Ends 

February 2017

Thurs 9 Planning for life after TSA – for Junior Parents – 6:30 at TSA HS
Fri 10 Middle School Dance – at TSA MS, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sat 18 February Break Begins
Sun 26 February Break Ends

The TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017 is available.  To download a copy, please click here: TSA 2016/17 School Calendar





A Big Thank you to Blake Fabrikant for directing the entire HS student body and staff to create a very creative film response to the Mannequin Challenge.  The film won a second place award in a competition sponsored by National School Choice Week. The award comes with a $3,000 prize that will be used for TSA scholarships.  The goal of the competition was to demonstrate what makes your school unique.  This video does a good job doing just that. Thank you also to all of the student leaders that helped stage and choreograph the different scenes in the film.  A special shout out to three individuals, besides Blake, that took a big role in making this project happen:  Amber Wylie, Cal Hale’18 and Ella Atkinson’18. This was a tremendous display of student leadership as well as a community building endeavor! Check it out on you tube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74WB4RISv7s


Congratulations to University of Vermont freshman and TSA alumni, Chris Gish’16 has been recognized as the America East Male Track Performer of the Week for the period ending January 22, announced by the conference office on Tuesday.  Congratulations Chris!  Read more here:  http://uvmathletics.com/news/2017/1/24/track-and-field-gish-collects-america-east-male-track-performer-of-the-week-laurels.aspx



All School News


Knitting for Refugees, Thursdays after school: 3:15pm – 5:00pm.  Join us in knitting hats and scarves for refugees settling in Rutland. If you know how to knit, come and enjoy the company. If you don’t know how to knit, we will teach you! Or learn to make a hat in just a few hours using Nifty Knitter looms! Bring knitting needles if you have them, acrylic or washable wool yarn (chunky yarn for the Nifty Knitter), or just yourself. We will have some yarn and needles to share. Starts today, Thursday January 26th, 3:15-5:00pm. Please let Cynthia know if you are planning to come. *Time spent knitting for charity counts as Community Service Hours.


Community Gathering to Discuss Youth and Young Adult Drug Use Prevention: January 31, 2017; 6:00-7:30pm. Health Connections of the Upper Valley is hosting a community gathering to begin a discussion on how to help youth and young adults thrive so drug use/misuse is prevented. The geographic focus of this discussion is the greater White River Valley area. The meeting will be held in the Oakes Building, Room 110, at the Vermont Law School on Tuesday, January 31st from 6:00-7:30PM.  It is hoped that from this initial gathering that an on-going group will continue to meet each month to plan and implement effective programs and strategies. For more information, please contact Cathy Hazlett at director@hcuv.org or (802) 698-8325


A reminder that you can support TSA while shopping. If you shop on Amazon.com you can do your shopping through smile.amazon.com and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your total purchase price to TSA. Just make sure to select The Sharon Academy as the charity you are supporting.



Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Daisy Hutt

Save The Date – Upper Valley Women’s Basketball League Tournament, March 11 and 12, 2017
; 3/11 8:00am-8:00pm, 3/12 8:00am-3:00pm.  TSA is excited to host The Upper Valley Women’s Basketball League’s annual tournament on March 11 and 12th. The Athletic Booster Club will be selling concessions. This is a BIG event and we will need a lot of volunteers and food donations. Also, it would be great if 1-2 people could help organize volunteers and food items. More details to come as the time gets closer. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kim Knoerlein at kdk13vt@gmail.com

Game Results

Basketball Results:

TSA Varsity Girls:

TSA 31, Chelsea 49  The girls played a really close game against Chelsea on Friday, January 20th.  From the Valley News:
CHELSEA — The Phoenix (1-6) were hanging close with the Red Devils until the hosts outscored Sharon, 17-5, in the fourth quarter. Jocelyn Johnson had three buckets from beyond the 3-point arc and finished with 11 points for Sharon. Grace Dorman added eight points, and Mallory Lloyd had six. Jasmine Johnson played well in a spot start, according to coach Gregg Nalette. The Phoenix host South Royalton on Tuesday night.


TSA Varsity Boys:

TSA 43, Craftsbury 52  The boys played a tough game on Tuesday, January 23rd, but finished it out strong. From the Valley News: Sharon was outscored, 22-6, in the first quarter and couldn’t muster enough offense late to close the gap. “The first quarter killed us,” said Sharon head coach Blake Fabrikant. “We just didn’t come ready to play.” The Phoenix, which dressed just seven players, outscored Craftsbury, 26-18, in the second half. Harvey Kelley led the way with 15 points. Sam Knoerlein had 14 points, and Fisher Kelley added eight. Craftsbury’s Austin Masi finished the game with 24 points, 14 in the first quarter.


TSA 64, Chelsea 44 Big win for the boys on Saturday, January 21st! Yay TSA!! Great job! From the Valley News:
CHELSEA — The Phoenix outscored the Red Devils, 19-3, in the first quarter and held the Red Devils at bay from there. Harvey Kelley scored 26 points, Sam Knoerlein had 15 and Fisher Kelley and Cordell Benjamin both had eight for Sharon (6-3). Benjamin added 11 rebounds and six blocks filling in for injured starter Billy Connelli (ankle), who was hurt during Thursday’s win over Blue Mountain. “(Benjamin) was huge inside for us,” said Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant.


TSA 51, Blue Mountain 39 Another win for TSA on January 19th! From the Valley News:
SHARON — Blake Fabrikant called the Sharon Academy boys basketball team’s 51-39 victory Thursday over winless Blue Mountain a “trap game” following his team’s lopsided loss to Williamstown earlier in the week. The Phoenix, however, did enough good things during the second half to claim its fifth victory of the season. “We came into this game thinking it was going to be easier than it was,” Fabrikant said. “They have good size and they matched up with us really well. They gave us all we could handle.” Junior forward Sam Knoerlein scored 12 of his 13 points during the first half, and Harvey Kelley scored 15 of his 16 points during the second. Fisher Kelley added seven points. Fabrikant said he’s still waiting for his team to put it all together at the same time. Senior Billy Connelli, who Fabrikant said is one of his team’s top defenders, rolled his left ankle during the third quarter and may miss some time.

You can get even more TSA Phoenix Sports News and Pictures on the TSA Athletics Booster Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tsaboosterclub


Upcoming Game Schedule


VG Home v. South Royalton : Mon, January 30, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VG Away v. Twinfield : Wed, February 1, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

VB Away v. Websterville : Sat, January 28, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
VB Away v. Rivendell :Tue, January 31, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

JV Away v. Websterville : Sat, January 28, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
JV Away v. Rivendell : Tue, January 31, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

MS Home v. Whitcomb : Wed, February 1, 5:30pm – 6:30pm



Phoenix Sports Local Business Savings Card are now half price!  Get your card for just $10With this card you get great discounts and deals at local businesses from Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.  Purchase yours from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at: kdk13vt@gmail.com


Middle School News

Language Arts: Rough drafts of the Lord of the Flies essay were due today, and tomorrow we will begin reading the graphic novel Persepolis, about the Islamic revolution of 1979. We will then begin discussing students’ own personal beliefs for our “This I Believe” essay.

Social Studies:  Next week we will continue our unit on Islam with focus on modern Middle East politics and fundamentalism. The Islam unit test will be next Monday (30th), so start reviewing!

Science:  We are still exploring physical and chemical changes.  There was a test today, January 26th.



For Current 8th Grade Families:  TSA Intent To Return Form – As mentioned in the email you received on January 10th regarding the process to follow for 8th graders moving into TSA’s High School,  please click on the link below to access the Intent to Return Form, and indicate on the form if your student is planning to attend TSA next year. Please return this form by Friday, February 10th.
Enrollment, ITR
The Sharon Academy
PO Box 207
Sharon, VT 05065

Click here to access the form:  Intent To Return Form



New MS Policy:  The middle school will be instituting a new policy for late work related to major assignments.  Previously we have taken 5 points off the assignment per day for a maximum of 20 points late.  Now there will be a chance for students to earn back those late points by filling out a “yellow form” and scheduling a time to meet with Andrew to figure out why their assignment was late and how to prevent this in the future.  This new procedure will only apply to major assignments like posters in social studies or essays in language arts, and is not related to our standing policy of giving zeros for minor assignments that are not completed (like daily math homework).  Please contact Andrew Lane if you have any questions about the new policy or the reasoning behind it.



Next Middle School Dance will be on Feb. 10th, 6:30-9:30. Admission is either $1 or one can of food for the Sharon Food Shelf. Fallon’s advisory will set up and clean up. Fallon’s advisees should plan on staying till about 9:50 for cleanup.

  • 7th graders should bring snacks to share and
  • 8th graders should bring drinks.  

We need three chaperones. Parents, please email Fallon if they are able to help out with this at: fabel@sharonacademy.net 


WINTER BOOST: A 1 DAY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR GIRLS IN GRADES 5-8 HOSTED AT KIMBALL UNION ACADEMY, 1/29/2017 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at  Kimball Union Academy. Nationally recognized leaders will help your daughter build confidence, find her voice, and be inspired to make a difference! $50 per attendee, includes lunch. To register, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/QlQgPVQyB6ofLg5J2



High School News

Planning for Life After High School
– Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm. Junior students and parents please mark your calendar for Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 pm and plan to attend our Planning for Life After High School Night. This one hour presentation will be lead by Ellen Bagnato, TSA’s Director of College and Career Advising.  Ellen will share a roadmap for the journey ahead. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net

True Colors Conference:
Thursday March 16th – Sunday March 19th, 2017. True Colors “is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met.” The conference is open to ANYONE who is interested in learning more about LGBTQ issues for any reasons. The theme this year is “Imagine a World.” There are workshops all day Friday and Saturday at the UCONN campus. We will stay, free of charge, in the Center Church in Manchester, CT, guests of Pastor Joyce and her congregation. We will leave Thursday after school and return to TSA Sunday midday. Attendees need to be in good academic standing as they will miss school on Friday, March 17. There are limited scholarships available to help those who cannot pay the registration fees. It is also possible to volunteer. Cost: $45 registration; $5-20 gas; $10-20 food = $60 – $85. DEADLINE TO REGISTER: FEBRUARY 2.  For more information and to sign up, please contact Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net or visit: http://www.ourtruecolors.org/Programs/Conference/brochure.html

Scholarship and College Info

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship: The Vermont Golf Association is proud to announce their scholarship for 2017. Applicant must be a resident of the State of Vermont, a high school graduate and must be enrolled in, or accepted as a full-time student at a college/university or technical school. Some of the criteria used for selection include: overall financial need, school performance, the applicants (not family) 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. APPLICATION IS DUE NO LATER THAN MAY 1, 2017. Questions regarding the process or application can be addressed to: pj3murray@gmail.com


HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy is looking for Juniors and Seniors: July 6 -11. The Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA) is for juniors and seniors who want to lead others and make a positive impact in their communities. Students spend five days in our college-prep program developing self-knowledge and leadership talents, while collaborating with like-minded students, as each creates a personal action plan for social change. At the same time, they’ll discover the values and skills to lead effectively and earn college credit for completing the program. For more information, please contact Vicki Ferrence Ray at ALA@hoby.org or visit http://www.hoby.org/hobynet/ALAInfoAndTourFlyer.pdf


The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation has launched a new website. The updated website is more user-friendly and includes great information on scholarships, financial aid, writing the college essay and MUCH more. DON’T wait until the fall of your senior year to check it out! For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit the VSAc website by clicking here:  VSAC Web Site


FREE Money For College:  Seniors, have you filed your FAFSA and Vermont State Grant Application?  In Vermont, only about half the students file a FAFSA. This means Vermonters lose out on an estimated $5.5 million in federal Pell grants every year, or about $3,546 per eligible student, according to Nerdwallet.com. Students who don’t file a FAFSA also may be missing out on the Vermont state grant, which on average, offers an additional $1,800 to cover college costs for eligible students. And this does not include any aid from the school they are planning to attend. File your FAFSA today by going to:  https://fafsa.gov/

File your Vermont State Grant today through your completed FAFSA OR by going to:  http://www.vsac.org/pay/student-aid-options/grants

Community Events

Emerging Artists Showcase in Hartland
, Saturday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m. Hartland Community Connections will be hosting the ninth annual Emerging Artists Showcase at Damon Hall this Saturday at 5:00pm. The performance will be followed by dinner provided by The Windsor Station. The show runs for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Donations are accepted at the door. Proceeds are used to sustain the continuation of the Emerging Artists Showcase. TSA students Gabriella Atkinson ’18 and Cal Hale ’18 will be performing in the showcase. For more information, please contact Jaxon Morgan at jaxonmorgan@gmail.com


Thetford Academy and TAPA invite you to a screening of The Mask You Live InJennifer Siebel Newsom’s compelling follow up to Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In identifies the ways that boys and young men are struggling with what it means to be “a real man”.  It explores America’s narrow definition of masculinity and the ways that young men are forced to confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. Join us for this engaging film, a panel discussion, and the opportunity to connect with fellow community members on this important topic. The presentation will be on Wednesday, January 25th, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Martha Jane Rich Theater at Thetford Academy. If you have questions, email kara.toms@thet.net.

Christa would be happy to provide a ride if folks are interested. If you have room in your car, please let Christa know as well so she can help get people in touch.  For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net


Teen Dance Night February 11th with DJ Forest Hoffman of Lebanon H.S., 7PM-10PM, at Club 188 at the Freight House Hall, White River Junction, VT.  This dance is open to teens with a valid school id, or Homeschool letter. We’ll have soft drinks and snacks to purchase. Bring your friends, or make new ones, and get ready to dance!  Advance tickets only $8+tax @ www.freighthousehall.com; tiickets at the door are $10+tax. Guardians & Chaperones get in free. For more information, please contact Jenny Albee at albeejenny@gmail.com


FLOCK Dance Troupe will be gathering performers for GO! MOVE! SHIFT! a show about displaced peoples, to be performed July 21-23 & 28-30. This multicultural production welcomes a cast of mixed ages and abilities. This work has a great many ensemble dance pieces, 4 spirit figures representing the elements and a territorial tango dispute between 2 men. There are parts of high energy, sober bad guys and a need for 2 puppeteers. Children carry a particularly important role in this work.  Rehearsals will start early July. For more information: Carol Langstaff 765-4454 or carolang@aol.com


Opera North & Lebanon Ballet School offer- “Get Ready for Broadway”- An Audition Workshop for All Levels of Experience”. KURT DOMONEY, Co-Founder, Director, Coach at Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA), Kurt’s complete bio: www.broadwaykidsauditions.com
Saturday, February 18: 1-5 p.m. (Ages 8-12)
Sunday, February 19: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Ages 13-12 Grade)
Saturday, February 18: 5 p.m.– Question & Answer period for students and parents

  •  Location: Lebanon Ballet School
  • $50 tuition: financial aid available
  • Must bring: 1 memorized song and a copy of the sheet music for the pianist, wear comfortable clothes for dance, dance shoes optional, no prior experience necessary to attend
  • Minimum enrollment will be 6 kids per workshop. If there’s less than 6 we will not hold. Maximum enrollment will be 15 kids per workshop.

Sponsored by Opera North’s Education & Outreach program somewhere too. Registration forms available online at LebanonBalletSchool.com or at the LBS office.  For more information: www.facebook.com/LebanonBalletSchool



Building Lots in Sharon for Sale:
Two surveyed building lots for sale within walking distance of TSA high school. Ideal location off Rte 14 on White Brook Rd, virtually adjacent to TSA high school property on a quiet, dead-end street that is well-maintained by the Town. Parcels link to many miles of beautiful walking, skiing and snowmobiling trails. Lots are 1.5 and 1.6 acres respectively, ready-to-build with all permits on file with the town, including septic designs and state permits.  One lot has the driveway already installed nearly to the homesite, the other has a driveway permit on file with the Town of Sharon. $30,000 each obo. Serious  inquiries only please! For more information, please contact Miriam at sharonlotsforsale@gmail.com and see the attached PDF with a map of the sites:  Map


Off the grid cabin or other quiet warm space with no internet connection, needed for a friend who is a writer to borrow or rent.  This author is a a reputable person who would take good care of your place while he is there.  Needed for approximately 4 days and nights to write.  If you have such a place or know of one, please contact Dave Eastman at deastman@sharonacademy.net