The Sharon Academy Newsletter, April 2, 2015

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue:

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

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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



Thurs 9 HS Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day – No School HS
Fri 10 Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sun 12 Taking Flight Free Family Arts Day, Noon – 4:00pm
Fri 17 Taking Flight Gala, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Fri 17 MS Student/parent/teacher Conference Day – no school MS
Mon-Fri 20-24 April Break



Upcoming Events



Click on the image above for more information on the Taking Flight events

Free Family Arts Day – Sunday, April 12

noon – 4:00 pm

Bring your kids!  Tell your friends!

• Interactive Arts Workshops Taught by Local Artists, Fun for All Ages •

• Student Performances •

• Student Art Show •


Taking Flight Gala – Friday, April 17

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dance Away the Winter Blues!

• Live Auction •

• Silent Auction •

• Passed hors d’oeuvres •

• Live jazz with Sabrina Brown and Fred Haas •

• Cash bar •

• Live music and dancing with Jeanne and the High Tops •



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Congratulations Middle School Students on a record breaking Circus!  We had over 700 people in the audience, enjoying the antics on display.  From juggling to magic, stilts and bubbles (and one extraordinary student teleportation), the audience was entranced.  To see The Vermont Standard’s photos of the event, like us on Facebook or visit

Thank you, Troy Wunderle, for guiding our students through the Circus process in a most wonderful way for the ninth consecutive year.

Thank you to Eva Huntley ’19, Lowry Newswanger ’20, Juliana Beraldi, ’20 and Emma Foster ’20 for designing the Circus posters.

Robotics Team 885 heads to the New England Championship!  Come cheer-on your favorite robotics team April 9, 10, 11 in Worchester, MA. FIRST Robotics Team 885 (“The Green Team”) has qualified to compete in the New England Regional Championships! This exciting event will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Harrington Auditorium in Worcester, MA on April 9, 10 and 11.  This year’s challenge was to build a robot that could build stacks of plastic totes and/or top these with recycling containers. TSA’s Otis Hudnut, Marilyn Groppe and Max Farrington are on the ‘drive team’ responsible for operating the robot in competition. Kyle Shekinah-Roark created an eye-catching team shirt along with managing the online presence.  Laurel Mendelsohn, Taite Clark, Carl Groppe IV, Jacob Hudnut and Meadow McGalliard are also active members who helped design, build and support this year’s robot.   For more information, please contact  at  or visit

Thank you to everyone who performed at Cafe Night last week.  Thank you to Sophie Roe ’18 for taking photos.

To all of the parents who donated their time and talents to help with the Circus, we are truly thankful.  From building sets to selling tickets and everything in between, your support helps this crazy, wonderful, amazing thing called “Circus” work each and every year.

Congratulations to Zoe McFadden ’18, whose dance trio won many awards at the recent StarQuest Dance Competition in Albany, NY.  Zoe’s group won 1st in the Overall Teen Duet/Trio and two gold medals for overall performance.



General News 

Blood Drive: Did you know that every 2 seconds, someone in US needs blood?  In order to meet this need,  15,000 pints of blood need to be collected every day.  Did you know that blood supplies in New England are running especially low this year?  Many Blood Drive events had to be cancelled because of snow.  Please come to the blood drive at TSA on April 10th from 11:00 – 4:00.  Our goal is to collect 25 pints.

Auction Items on our Website:  The Taking Flight Gala is right around the corner, and fabulous auction items are rolling in.  To get a sneak peak and start planning which items you will bid on, click here.

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Middle School News

Science fair!  Students are gearing up to begin their science fair projects.  Please watch the newsletter for more information and for how you can support your student with this long term project. 

Report Cards: On Friday, April 3rd, middle school second trimester report cards will be posted on Gradelink. You will receive an email alerting you when report cards have been posted.  To access your student’s report, log on to Gradelink as usual and click on the pdf icon.

Please take the time to go over the report card and the teachers’ comments with your student.  If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to connect with your student’s advisor.

We appreciate being able to post the report cards online both because of the financial savings and the reduced environmental impact.  Thank you!  If you need a paper copy of the report card please contact Catherine Farrington at 763-2531 or  If you have trouble accessing Gradelink, please contact Cynthia 763-2500 or  

Middle School Parent Student Teacher Conferences:  Middle School conferences will be held on Friday, April 17th, the day before April break.  Your student’s advisor will be contacting you to make an appointment.  Thank you for attending with your student!


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High School News

See you soon, Steve Basham: Steve is on paternity leave for the 4th marking period.  Cory Shapiro-deBock, who has been interning with Steve for the past marking period, is leading Steve’s classes for marking period 4.

Apply to Nicaragua Trip, April 2016: In the Spring of 2016, a group of 8-12 students will be traveling with TSA staff and the organization Where There Be Dragons to participate in a Spanish language immersion experience in Nicaragua. Planning is beginning this year, in part so that we can work together to raise money to make the trip financially accessible to all. Students who will be part of this trip should anticipate taking a 3rd marking period elective devoted to fundraising, language development and cultural and historical exploration.
Division III students are encouraged to apply by submitting an essay to Mary Newman by April 17th at 3 p.m. The essay should reflect on the following questions:

  • What skills and qualities would you contribute to a group?
  • What do you envision might be difficult for you?
  • What aspects of a trip like this really appeal to you?
  • What are your past or currently planned travel experiences?

Please contact Mary Newman or Christa Wurm with any questions.

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.  (Students from outside of TSA are already applying for spaces.)  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

Interested in Johns Hopkins University but not ready to make the trek to Maryland to visit? While we strongly encourage students to visit a college campus before they commit to attending, juniors may benefit from an “On the Road Information Session”. Join Johns Hopkins admissions representatives in Boston at the Embassy Suites in Boston/Waltham on April 12 at 3:00 pm to learn more about academics, student life, the application process, and financial aid. Online registration is required. Please visit the Johns Hopkins University website.

Essay Contest: The Inclusion, Diversity, Education and Access (IDEA) Committee is pleased to announce the NEACAC Annual Essay Contest for high school juniors and seniors. One student from each of the six New England states who attends a NEACAC-member high school will receive a $900 scholarship that will be announced at the Annual Meeting & Conference. We welcome submissions from students across a broad range of academic preparation. Winning essays will be selected on their originality, content, and syntax, and you will be notified if your student is one of the six finalists. The application and more information is available online at: The submission deadline is April 10, 2015. Questions? Email:

In addition to the Career and College Advising offered at TSA, please consider the following opportunity: Free College Planning Workshops for high school juniors, sophomores & parents. Get free college planning guidance at College Pathways (and a chance to win a free iPad or a $500 college savings account!). Workshops include SAT/ACT prep & strategies, college costs & financial aid, writing application essays, finding colleges that fit & more. Reserve your spot at or call  888-943-7301 for info. Walk-ins welcome!

One date left:  Saturday, April 11 at Castleton State College (9:30 am-2:15 pm)

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.


Continuing Postings

  • REGINALD LEE BLAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: The Reginald Lee Blair Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of “Reg” Blair who as a long time teacher and principal of the Sharon Elementary School showed exceptional personal commitment to the youth of the community, a commitment far beyond the requirements of his position in the school. The scholarship was awarded first in 1997 and each year since. The scholarship provides a one time stipend for formal, long term (at least 2 full school years) post-secondary education for a Sharon graduate. Applications will be accepted until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, May 4, 2015. See Ellen for a list of criteria.
  • Sons of The American Legion Scholaraship For any student who is planning to attend a trade school or technical college and whose grandfather, grandmother, step grandparents, father, step father, mother, step mother, adopted parents or grandparents and brothers or sisters are a member of the American Legion Family (American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion) Two scholarships are available in the area.  One for $1000.00 and one for $500.00. COntact Ellen Bagnato for an application. Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • 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.

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


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Summer Opportunities

Middle School Theater: Like to act and have fun? Great opportunity this summer for TSA Middle School students (including those entering 9th grade).  Inspirations Musical Theater Camp in Chelsea, VT will be offering a two-week camp featuring theater games, improvisational theater, and fun. Students perform in our full-length original musical, with two shows at the end of camp. MIDDLE SCHOOL FOCUS: This show has parts that middle school students can really sink their teeth into–leads with singing solos, some parts mainly acting, and still others are smaller or group parts, for those wanting a smaller role in the show. To get a feel for the camp’s performance and the spirit of the kids at camp, parents are welcome to talk to Charlie McMeekin, teacher at TSA High School and long-time musical theater director, who saw last summer’s camp show. Camp runs from August 3rd through August 15th @ Chelsea Town Hall; visit for more information, or contact

* Students wishing to be considered for lead parts please apply by April 30th, 2015.

**TSA current student Izzi Byrne ’16 and TSA Alum Amos Byrne ’14 will be on staff!

Dartmouth Mathematics Summer Enrichment: The Mathematics Department at Dartmouth College and the Center for Mathematics Education at Dartmouth are pleased to announce two summer enrichment workshops for local high school students. Here is a chance for students to interact with mathematicians in a fun, non-graded environment. Topics covered will be outside of the usual high school syllabus. An exploratory approach will be emphasized. Each program will cover different mathematical topics and students are invited to attend one or both sessions.

Summer 2015 Workshops:

  • Session 1: July 20,21,22,23,24.
  • Session 2: August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Workshops will meet from 1:00 to 4:00 in Kemeny Hall on the Dartmouth Campus. Program cost for each workshop is $20.00. Contact Amy Potter 603-646-2415 for more information or to apply. Email: For registration form go to:





Piano for Sale: Full 88 key upright Baldwin piano from the 1970s in very good shape is for sale, especially suitable for a beginning student whose parents might not have money for piano for their child. The $200 price covers only recent repairs and tuning. Outside wood is dinged up a bit but it still sounds great. It’s on rolling casters on the first floor so it’s easy to move.  It’s about 3 feet high and perfectly cared for during the nine years we have owned it.   Ellen McAndrew 603.667.0601

Sharon House for Sale: House and garage built 2008. 2 miles from I89 on Fay Brook road in Sharon. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1000 square feet total. easy to heat, great gardens, outbuildings, nearby pond,  woods above the home. call 802 291 2064.   $175,000.