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Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Circus is Coming!Circus Signs

Get ready for another year of rollicking good fun at TSA’s Middle School Circus! Troy Wunderle, our wonderful artist in residence, will be returning to TSA Middle School on Monday, March 16th and will spend two weeks with middle school students preparing for the circus. Performances will be on Friday, March 27th (carnival at 6:00 pm, circus at 7:00 pm) and Saturday, March 28th (carnival at 4:00 pm and circus at 5:00pm). Please tell your friends and neighbors, and watch your email for important schedule information, and prop and food requests.  Please see MS News below for volunteer opportunities.



General News

Friday, February 20th, Fridges Emptied:  This Friday, the HS refrigerators will be emptied in preparation for vacation.  Please remember to take everything out.

Last Day of Ski Wednesdays: The last day of the ski program is Wednesday, March 4th. This is the first day of school after the February Break! Remember to bring all of your equipment and ski clothing with you for our final day.

Intent to Return Fee: This is the time of year to inform us of your student’s intention to return to TSA in the fall of 2015.  Letting us know your intent is essential to our planning.  As you know, TSA is committed to small class size and our finances are tight. It is important that we know the number of students who will be returning next year, as we will soon inform prospective new students regarding their enrollment for Fall 2015, and we need to have an accurate count of spaces available.

  • Families of 8th graders: please fill out the attached Intent to Return form (click here to access the form) and return it by February 20th.  A copy will also be sent home with your student.
  • Families of 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: If you know that your student  will not be returning to TSA in the fall, please inform us ASAP,  before February 20th.
  • All student accounts will be charged the annual $100.00 intent to return fee unless we hear otherwise from you. If you need assistance making a decision about your student’s school placement, please contact Pam Ward at the middle school or Louise Caldwell at the high school.



Mark Your Calendar

MS = middle school, HS = high school

Download a PDF version of our 2014–2015 calendar.
Please check the website regularly for calendar updates.

February 2015

Mon, Feb 23 – Mon, Mar 2February Vacation

March 2015

Tuesday3Town Meeting Day, no school
Wedsday4Return to School & Last Ski Wednesday
Thursday12Planning for College Night for 9th and 10th grade families, 6:30pm
Mon–Fri16 – 28 MS Circus Interim
Monday16 Junior Exhibitions
Friday20 End of MS second trimester
Thursday26 Cafe Night
Friday27 HS Inservice - no school HS only
Friday and Sat27 & 28 MS Circus Performances
Monday30 No School MS Only




Thank you TSA Students for all of your Community Service work!  Together, TSA Middle School and High School students have logged over 2,000 Community Service hours this school year.  From food shelves, churches and animal hospitals to stacking wood and helping with community dinners, our students are making a difference in the lives of people in our community.

Congratulations to Cale Hal who, along with 63 other teens from the Upper Valley, will be performing in 42nd Street at the Lebanon Opera House. Performances: February 27-28 & March 1, 2015. For more information, including ticket prices and performance times, please visit:

Congratulations to TSA Alumna Margaret Gish ’14  for making UVMs Dean’s list. Margaret is a first year at UVM and an Elementary Education K-6 major.

Congratulations to Richard Morrill ’17 who was goalie during the Hartford Hurricane’s recent hockey game against Harwood.  Richard had 48 saves in goal, and the Canes (ranked 11th)  tied with Harwood (ranked 1st).

Fred in AVA

TSA students Fred Tabula and Esther Lent ’16 both won Honorable Mentions in AVA Gallery’s recent “Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition” (Honorable Mention is similar to Second Place in this Exhibition).  The exhibition included work from 164 students from 18 participating programs.  Fred won for Painting and Esther for Altered Book.



Middle School News

Homework over break: Most students do not have any assigned homework over break. However, students who are behind on school work have been asked to complete this work during the break. If your student is on this list you will receive an email telling you what work your student needs to complete during the break. Also, while students are not required to work on their social studies research paper over the break, spending some time on this assignment would help him or her keep up to date when we get back to school on March 4th.

Would you like to join the circus? (The following information was sent home earlier this week)
Please contact Catherine Farrington at or at 763-2531 if you can take on one or more of the volunteer tasks listed below.

Parent Volunteers needed to:

  • Help with set design, building and/or painting. The days we need help are Thursday and Friday of the first week (March 19, 20) and Mon, Tues, Wed. of the 2nd week (March 23, 24, 25). Carpentry skills are in high demand.
    To monitor and spot students as they learn circus tricks. We will not know the specific times spotters will be needed until about 8:15 each morning. If you hang out at the school we will have plenty of other jobs to keep you busy. Just call and tell us what days and times you want to come in.
  • Coordinate, buy, cook, set up and clean up food during the circus. We will assign you a specific job when you call or email.
  • To help before the show on Friday, March 27th from 5:30 – 7:00. We need one parent to count people coming in the door, two to sell tickets and one to sell circus equipment before and after the circus from roughly 8-8:30.
  • To help before the show on Saturday, March 28th from (most likely) 3:30 – 5:00. We need one parent to count people coming in the door, two to sell tickets and one to sell circus equipment before and mostly after the show from 6:00 -6:30.

Parent AND STUDENT Volunteers needed to:

  • Help with light clean up after the show on Friday 8:00 – 9:00 PM. Students will be awarded 1 hour of community service for helping.
  • Help with heavy duty clean up after show on Saturday evening. This cleanup will take about 2 hours from 6:00 – 8:00. Students will be awarded 1 hour of community service for helping (Students who do sustained work can petition for 2 hours)

Thank you!

Link found between energy drinks and hyperactivity in middle school students: Please click here to read more about the research that shows a link between consuming energy drinks and hyperactivity and inattention symptoms:

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 or call the school at 763-2531.


High School News

Exhibition Updates for Juniors and Seniors: As a reminder, completing and passing both the Junior and Senior Exhibitions is required for graduation from The Sharon Academy. All Exhibitions finish with a student reflection, typically due 1 to 2 weeks after the presentation is complete.

Juniors: Paper was due Feb 9 
Presentations are March 16

  • Some juniors are still developing their papers. If so, they should also be operating under a schedule they have set with their mentors. Juniors whose papers were turned in per the original schedule should receive their papers back from mentors before February vacation begins.
  • All juniors should plan for presenting on schedule with their peers. Failure to present on that date means the presentation must be made up at a later date.

Seniors: Papers due March 23 
Presentations are May 11

    • All seniors should be actively working on drafting their papers at this stage. They should be in regular communication with their mentors to set and maintain work pace and a goals/deadlines schedule aiming at meeting the paper date and the presentation date.

Please contact your student’s mentor or Maria Piasecki with questions regarding this process.

Governor’s Institute: Applications for Governor’s Institute summer sessions are open now. This is a wonderful summer opportunity that many TSA students have appreciated in the past, with institutes available in art, sciences, technology, and youth activism. For more information, and to apply, visit Applications due by March 11.

Independent Study:  If you are planning on completing an Independent Study this year, please return your Independent Study form to Brian Tonks as soon as possible.  Forms can be found in Flo’s room.

Physical Education Credit for Skiing:  Please remember that if you are wanting to get Physical Education credit for skiing or boarding on Wednesdays, you need to get your form signed by Andrew Lane and return it to Brian Tonks by the end of the season.  Click here to download a PDF of the form.

Driver’s Education: A Driver’s Ed 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 date it is open to non-TSA students. There is always a demand for this class for non-TSA students, so please sign up early. To sign up please go to print the application, and send to Janice along with a $100.00 deposit made out to TSA. The total cost of the class is $650. Any questions please email Gabriella at or call 802 558 2897


 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 2/19/15

      • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission awards five, $1000 scholarships annually to high school students pursuing career and life choices consistent with the vision and values of vibrant and sustainable communities. Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2015. For more information, please see Ellen.
      • The Auxiliary of Gifford Medical Center offers a scholarship to area students pursuing a career in nursing or in the fields of allied health. The amount of the scholarship varies. The application requires two letters of reference and an essay. deadline is May 12, 2015. See Ellen for more details and an application.
      • The Sharon Masonic Lodge offers a scholarship of $500.00 to students pursuing post-secondary education who are residents of Sharon, Vermont. An application and essay are necessary. Deadline is May 1, 2015. Please see Ellen for more details and an application.


Continuing Postings

    • All VSAC scholarship applications are due on March 6.  Students should be working on their essay and requesting letters of recommendation that are in the correct format.
    • The Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award is a scholarship available to graduating seniors that have a disability or debilitating illness, either physical or mental, is in need of financial assistance and is planning to attend college after graduating from high school.  One winner will receive $1000.  Applications are due March 8.  Please see Ellen for more information.
    • 2015 Sherburne Women's 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.
    • 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
    • Hood awards a $5000 scholarship for college bound athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have spent time volunteering.  Deadline is March 6.  For more information go to


Community Events & News

COQUETTE will be playing at Chandler Music Hall on Friday, February 27th. 7:30pm, $12 general admission.  Great for all ages.

2nd Annual Regional Youth Summit: The Youth Summit is a meaningful opportunity to have a constructive discussion with peers and adults from the region about YOUR community and how you can take action and work collaboratively with those who share the same goals. People of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs together develop the skills needed to create positive change for communities and become leaders amongst peers and neighbors. March 21st, 2015 at The Woodstock Inn. 9am-4pm. This is free to students.
For more info, visit

Town Transportation Survey: The Towns of Sharon and Royalton have teamed up with local non-profit Vital Communities to better understand the long-term transportation needs in our towns.  Please take a moment to answer a short survey at .  With the survey information, we hope to help to improve transportation options and help residents save money and lower their environmental impacts.  By completing the survey, you will have the chance to win a $50 gift card to your choice of Welch’s Hardware, Worthy Burger, or the South Royalton Market.  This program is possible thanks to generous support from the High Meadows Fund.

Call for artists: After a successful first season, CSArtUV* is pleased to announce a call for artists to launch our second season. From performances to paintings, artists of all disciplines who are currently living and working in the Upper Valley Region of VT and NH will be considered. Selected artists will receive a stipend to produce a series or run of 25 pieces to be sold as “shares” to patrons, enthusiasts and collectors. Interested artists should email to receive the artist application. Application deadline is March 1, 2015.


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 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

Blood Drive Coming Up: The next blood drive at TSA will be on April 10th, and Sadie and Colby are looking for new coordination talent! If you are a student younger than a senior, we’d love your help organizing this next blood drive so that we know blood drives will be in good hands next year. It’s a great way to fill your community service requirement and learn about the American Red Cross. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please talk to Sadie or Colby, or shoot them an email at or


Parents Volunteering at TSA


Free Family Arts Day Helpers 

Circus Volunteers (repeated from MS page)

Graduation Food Teams

Spring and Early Summer Painting Teams

Trail Building






Summer Opportunities

Rosie’s Girls Residential Leadership Camp with STEM focus: Vermont Tech is pleased to announce its brand new Rosie’s Girls Residential Leadership Camp with STEM focus (five days/four nights), June 22nd to June 26th for girls entering 9th and 10th grades (fall 2015) – Randolph Center Campus. Modeled after Rosie’s Girls Day Camps (Vermont Works for Women:, this new STEM focused leadership camp will provide a positive, safe, supportive, girl-centered environment, with teamwork and healthy body image – with tons of fun woven in! It will help build strong, powerful, confident young women through hands-on exploration of STEM activities in areas as: engineering, architecture, computer technology, firefighting, horticulture and the skilled trades as construction/carpentry; followed by a mentorship program. Financial aid is available, so no girl should hesitate to apply because of cost. Please visit our website link for additional information and application forms at:

Sophomores and Juniors, start planning your summer now!  Consider a summer term at a pre-college program.  Many universities offer classes to high school students.  Pre-College can allow you to earn undergraduate credit, experience college life, and make new friends.  Talk with Ellen for more information and check out: