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

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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!

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Appreciations

Congratulations to 8th grader Mazie Hayden who won the Open (pro) Class at USASA Ski Cross Nationals!

Mazie April Ski photo

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!

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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.

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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!

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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 is a community-wide event so invite your friends and family, everyone is welcome!! Please contact Abby Hurwitz at ahurwitz@sharonacademy.net if you have any questions.

Request for Coupons: Please send in your Sunday coupon circulars to Cynthia or Katherine. Coupons will be used to help off-set the cost of snacks that we are now making available at school.

 

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Middle School News

Middle School Lunch Program: TSA’s Middle School lunch program is off to a great start with many students taking advantage of the delicious, nutritious food available that is being provided by the Sharon Elementary. If you have any questions regarding the program, including whether your student is eligible for free lunch, feel free to contact Cynthia Masterman (763.2500 x100). To see a PDF detailing the program, please click here: http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/TSA-Middle-School-Breakfast-Lunch-Program.pdf

Homework Support: Homework support for students is available at the middle school from 3:30-5:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please come for extra help, for organizational support or for a quiet environment. Light snacks served. Please contact Nicki Abetti at nabetti@sharonacademy.net or 763-2531 or 802-279-2826

Projects Galore! – Please be aware that students will soon be assigned major writing projects in Language Arts, Science and Social Studies (see below). They will be receiving support and time at school to work on these projects, however, they should also be working on them at home. Please help your student by asking them about their projects and helping them stay organized and on top of deadlines. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Parent conferences are a good time to discuss this upcoming work.

Social Studies – This project has already been assigned and students are working on this every day at school. Your student has been assigned either Level 1 or Level 2 work, both of which are outlined at the following link: http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Middle-School-Research-Project-2014.pdf

ScienceStudents are beginning to investigate science fair topics to get ready to begin this project after April break. The criteria sheet and time table for the Science Fair Project will be given to students and available online also after April break.

Language Arts – Students will be assigned a Response to Literature Essay after April break. The criteria sheet will be given to students and will be available online, also after April break. Students should be keeping up with October Sky reading to get for this writing project.

 

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High School News

Student Members of the Board: For the 2014-2015 academic school year, The Sharon Academy Board of Trustees will have two student members (a junior and senior) who will be selected by the student body this Spring. If you are a current sophomore or junior, please consider running for this position next year. Please be sure to review the board position description and expectations before choosing to pursue the nomination process. Click here for description: http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Student-Board-of-Trustees-Nomination-Process.pdf

 

Senior Exhibition Presentation Day: Reminder – Senior Exhibitions are coming up! Exhibition day is Monday, May 12.

Student Photographers needed: It’s time for the Senior Page again! Each year, we create an advertisement celebrating our Seniors. If you are interested in taking photos of your fellow students for this advertisement, please contact Amber.

Division 3 Literature students need a copy of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness by class on May 5 or 6 (whichever is the student’s first Literature class that week). A few copies are available to borrow–students must send Maria an email to request one. Maria is recommending the Signet Classics edition:

  • ISBN-10: 0451531035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451531032

Please contact Maria Piasecki with questions. mpiasecki@sharonacademy.net

Next Year’s Interim: Mark your calendar now for the auditions for next year’s Interim – May 14th. If you foresee a conflict with this date, talk with Charlie now.

All High School Trip: The all high school trip is scheduled for May 16th, when the high school will travel to Charlemont, MA and have a great day of whitewater rafting with CrabApple Whitewater. We will be rafting class II-III rapids on ten miles of the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River, which is a great beginner/intermediate trip for all skill levels. CrabApple Whitewater enjoys a strong reputation for customer service and safety and has a great deal of experience guiding youth groups and schools down the river. All participants must fill out the liability waiver form and return it to their advisers well in advance of the trip date. Click here to download a PDF of the waiver: http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CrabApple-All-School-Trip-Liability-Waiver.pdf If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Spike Carter at scarter@sharonacademy.net.

Rescheduled: Preparing for College Parent Night: April 22 at 6:30pm: This night is for the families of 9th and 10th graders, and will be led by Kimberly Barnhart, Director of College Advising. She will provide parents with an overview of the college advising process at TSA and talk about what students and families can be doing now to prepare for life after high school.
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Community Service Opportunities

The One Planet Summer Camp program which serves Tunbridge, South Royalton and Sharon is looking for current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students for Counselor in Training positions. Students will be get TSA community service if they participate in this program during the summer of 2014. There are flyers available at the TSA middle school for more information. Questions? Contact Carrie McDonnell at 802-763-7775 or CMcDonnell@owsu.k12.vt.us

The South Royalton Thrift Shop: The South Royalton Thrift shop is looking for volunteers to help sort clothes, dust and vacuum the store. Volunteers are needed on Saturdays from 10:00am – 1:00 pm. Please call Linda – 763.7895 – for more information.

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Community Events

Craft Fair: Hankering for spring?! Watch the snow melt and catch some spring fever! The 6th Annual One Planet Spring Fling Craft Fair is on Saturday, April 12, 9am-2pm at Sharon Elementary. Shop from a wide selection of handmade craft and gift ideas in time for Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, new babies and more! PLUS: pick up fresh and local produce, fresh herbs, pies, cookies, Greek specialties, bread, jams, pickles, herbs & spices, eggs and more! Sampling of craft offerings: beautiful hooked rugs; Abenaki style baskets; quilted, knit, crocheted, and sewn items; pine boxes; flower and herb starts; tote bags; and uniquely beautiful jewelry. Free activities for the children 10am-1pm (including Easter egg hunts), and ham lunch available 11:30am-1pm for $5. All to benefit the Sharon One Planet After-School Program. Call Donna Foster at 802 763-8280 for information!

Forum on prevention of sexual violence: Safeline is pleased to be sponsoring a Community Forum on Sexual Violence Prevention: How To Be a Proactive Bystander. This interactive workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 15th from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Chelsea School Gym, 6 School Street, Chelsea, VT 05038

DHMC is offering interesting programs in first aid, self defense, babysitting and media messaging through the women’s health resource center between now and June. For more information, please visit http://patients.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/womens_resource_ctr/all_whrc_classes.html

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Scholarships

Seniors who live in the Broad Brook watershed (parts of Pomfret, Barnard, Sharon, and South Royalton) are eligible to apply for the Luna Moore scholarship. For information, see the application outside Kimberly Barnhart’s office. Due April 15.

The Vermont Space Grant Consortium will be awarding a number of $5000, one-year scholarships on a competitive basis to students who attend college in Vermont and study a STEM field. Complete details and an online application can be found on our website at vtspacegrant.org ; any questions can be answered by calling 802 – 656 – 1429. The deadline for this competition is April 14.

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Summer Opportunities

Note: many colleges offer summer courses for credit to students. These are a small sampling of the opportunities available.

 

Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) Summer Programs this summer include Summer Design Studio and Summer Journalism Workshop, where students will work one-on-one with faculty and participate in unique, hands-on learning experiences. Deadline for application is April 15.

Skidmore College’s pre-college program in liberal and studio arts for high-achieving high school students. Earn college credit and discover Saratoga Springs. www.skidmore.edu/precollege

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, is again offering a unique Investigative Journalism Workshop this summer. For more information, see: http://necir.org/training/hs-journalism-workshop/
Educating Girls for Engineering (EDGE). EDGE is a program designed for rising sophomore, junior and senior girls interesting in engineering. The two-week residential workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore engineering fields in areas beyond basic math and science. The 2014 program begins on Sunday, July 13th and runs through Friday, July 25th. See http://engineering.union.edu/edge for additional information.
Country Dance and Song camp weeks throughout the summer. See www.cdss.org/camp for more information.
Sustainable Ocean Studies at a 24-day program in coastal Maine. For more information, see www.saynflete.org/summertime and choose the Sustainable Ocean Studies tab.

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Classifieds

Piano and voice lessons: Jessie Pierpont will be offering lessons this summer. She is willing to travel as well as give lessons in my home and community. For more information, please contact Jessie Pierpont (802).342.3505

“Take The Stage!” Performance Practice Classes: “Take the Stage” is for people who want to express themselves through music, 
poetry
, theater, 
speeches/lectures

, debate…and much more! Whatever your level of experience you can “Take the Stage!” All you need is an interest in performance, a desire to try new things and a commitment to having fun. Improve your skills using our resources and tips on the elements of great performance. Each week we’ll provide a supportive atmosphere for you to present your choice of musical or spoken material. Seasoned performers will be on hand to help you work on strategies to better connect with your audience and share in a unique experience with them. Mondays 4:00 to 5:30 pm, April 28-June 10 (excluding Memorial Day) at Seven Stars Center, Sharon, VT. Cost: $75. Ages 8 to adult; all ability levels. Space is limited; learn more and sign up with jennifer@dandjmusic.com or call (860) 593-2484.

House for rent in Stockbridge (choice town): Available beginning on June 1st. This house has an open floor plan, lots of windows and closets, a cozy covered porch, and two bedrooms plus an open second floor landing room for extra sleeping space or a family room. For more information, please visit: http://postlets.com/r/-stony-brook-road-stockbridge-vt-05772/5415235
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