The Sharon Academy Newsletter, April 21, 2016

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
General News
Phoenix Sports
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
College Info
Community Events

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Mark Your Calendar


MS = middle school, HS = high school

To download a PDF version of our 2015 – 2016 calendar, please click here.

Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar


Sat 30 TSA 20th Birthday Party Gala – 7pm – 11pm – more details and a link to our on-line ticket order form below.



Sat 14 TSA HS Prom – 7:30pm – 11:00pm at Barrett Hall in South Strafford
Tues 17 MS Trip to High Five – through Thursday May 19th
Fri 20 No School – for HS In-Service & MS High Five Recovery



TSA’s First Fulbright Award Winner: Josephine Adamski ’12.  Of the award, Josephine writes: “I am incredibly humbled and excited! The main details of the award are that I will spend 10 months, January to November, teaching English in Malaysia. I will spend about 20 hours a week teaching and the other [hours] starting a community project; my project proposal was to do community excursions.” Well done Josephine!

Congratulations to Margaret Chadwell’ 18
whose essay received the top award in the VSPop and Sierra Club’s essay contest – first prize (and $500)! The panel concluded that her essay “did the best job of summarizing the risks to many values that Vermonters cherish.” Congratulations Margaret you made Charlie and all of us proud at TSA!


Join us for TSA’s 20th Birthday Party Gala!
Saturday, April 30th, 7 – 11 pm.
Bring your friends for a night of celebration,
music, and fun.
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a spectacular cake cutting ceremony, dancing with band Still More Cats, and later dancing with
Coquette playing rockin’ covers and originals.

For more information visit:

To order your tickets directly visit:


New This Year:
TSA’s Online Auction for our
20th Birthday Party Gala.
And it is now open you can
bid on some items right now!
Click here to view:
On-line Auction
New items will continue to be added.



General News

The Sharon Rec. Department is having a field clean up day this Saturday at 9:30 am
They would love volunteers to show up with metal rakes to help weed the smaller field and help groom up both fields. The Sharon Academy uses both of these fields – so it would be nice to have lots of TSA’ers out there helping out! So grab a rake and come join in some fun in the sun!

Camping Tents Needed for Sophomore Experience:
The TSA high school is looking for camping tents that families might be willing to let some students and staff borrow for the “Sophomore Experience” on April 28th and 29th. We will be very careful with your tents and return them dry and clean. Please contact Kate Sensenich at if you have a tent we can borrow.

Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day at Dartmouth College on May 7th
is a fun-filled day of mathematics with hands-on workshops and talks for middle and high school female students and their teachers. The purpose of the day is to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics and to assist the teachers of female mathematics students. Sandy is coordinating rides for anyone who needs one. For more information, please contact Sandy Thorne at or visit

Note about parking for baseball games:
 We’ve had communication from Vermont Independent School of the Arts (7 Stars) that there have been some of our baseball cars parking in their lot. Please park at the elementary school and walk over to the baseball field for games and practices.  Thanks!

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Phoenix Sports

New Special Offer:  TSA Sports Booster Club Local Business Savings Card are now Half Price! Get your card for just $10 from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at:

The Phoenix HS baseball team had their first game on Monday against Blue Mountain. They played very well and won 9-1! Go Phoenix!
The baseball team has another game coming up Wednesday, April 27th at 4:30pm at Chelsea HS


You can get even more TSA Phoenix Sports News and Pictures on the TSA Athletics Booster Club Facebook Page:

You can also check out pictures of Phoenix Sports events at: – it does require a Shutterfly Registration – but it is Free!



Middle School News

This week in social studies,
we started the major independent research project that will occupy the class for the remainder of the year.  Due dates are listed on Gradelink and a detailed description of the project can be downloaded here:  Social Studies Project

Science Fair! 
Students have begun work on their science fair projects.  The following links provide everything you need to know about this project including timetables and criteria sheets.  Your student also has a hard copy of this information.  Click here to view: Timeline,  Grading Criteria, and Written Work Criteria


2016 Circus Highlights on YouTube! Thank you to Ryan Newswanger (father of Lowry ’20) for taping our entertaining circus and editing the footage into a nine minute video featuring circus highlights. It is worth sea-ing!  You can find the video here:

High Five Outdoor Leadership Program:
This is a reminder that students will be attending the High Five Adventure Learning Center in Brattleboro, Vermont on May 17th, 18th and 19th. Please watch for more information in upcoming newsletters for this two night overnight trip. Drop off will be regular time on the morning of May 17th but pick up will be later than usual, at about 5:30, on the 19th. Please also be aware that Friday, May 20th, is High Five recovery day and there will be no school for middle school students.

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High School News

TSA Prom:  Saturday, May 14, 2016; 7:30-11pm at Barrett Hall in South Strafford, VT. Students and staff at TSA are cordially invited to this year’s Prom.  Tickets will be available starting Monday, May 2nd at a table in the pit during lunch as well as in Kate’s office. This year’s prom tickets are $25.00 and are paid for by the Student Activity Fee that was charged to each student at the start of the year. Students will need a ticket to gain entrance to the prom. If TSA students would like to bring guests (1 guest per TSA student) the guests will need to pay the $25.00 for a ticket. Guests will also need to be registered with Kate Sensenich before May 13th with their full name, school, phone number, as well as a parent or guardian’s contact information.

Prom Volunteers and Donations Needed!
•       Veggie, Fruit and Cheese Platters (2-3 of each)
•       Savory Finger Foods
•       Sweet Finger Foods
•       White Holiday lights
•       White Table Cloths
•       Tall glass vases
•       White fresh flowers (any variety)
•       (Please label all items clearly with your last name)

We are also looking for some set-up and clean-up help! Set Up times: Saturday, May 14th 10am-3pm, Barrett Hall. Clean-Up Times: 11pm-11:45pm, after the Prom

If you can help our prom committee with any of these requests, please contact Kate Sensenich at:

TSA Sophomore Experience, April 28th at 3:30 pm until April 29th at 1:00 pm. 
Recognizing that the sophomore year is an “in between” year (coming after the excitement of the freshman year and preceding the unique challenges of our junior year) we are offering an overnight, experiential “off-campus” program to help create a sense of purpose, community, adventure and ultimately give sophomores something special that makes their year stand out among others. Please read the attachments to the email that was sent out on 3/24 to all parents or guardians of our sophomore class for additional information. NOTE: WAIVER FORM NEEDS TO BE SIGNED AND RETURNED TO TOM CANFIELD. For more information, please contact Tom Canfield at

Sandy Thorne is providing support for Math and Physics through the Learning Lab.
She has appointments available during B, F, and D blocks, during Study Hall Elective and after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She can be reached at


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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.

Students:  Want to fill out our Community Service online form? Click here

The Sharon Rec. Department is having a field clean up day this Saturday at 9:30 am
 They would love volunteers to show up with metal rakes to help weed the smaller field and help groom up both fields. The Sharon Academy uses both of these fields – so it would be nice to have lots of TSA’ers out there helping out! So grab a rake and come join in some fun in the sun!

TSA Students Invited to Participate in a Tree Planting sponsored by the Greater Upper Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, May 1, 2016, at the Quechee Golf Club:
Quechee Golf planting volunteers should meet Sunday, May 1st at 9:30 am at the Lake Sunapee bank parking lot about 100 yards west of blinking yellow light on Rt. 4 in Quechee.  Bring boots, gloves and large hammer or mallet.  For more information contact Caleb Eastman ’18 at

Community Service Opportunity to help a dear friend of the TSA community: Hugh Mauer
, who has worked as a TSA Math tutor, and father to Amber Wylie, is in need of help mowing his lawn this summer. If interested, contact Amber Wylie at: 

Opportunity at the Montshire Museum.
 The Montshire is looking for volunteers to help them clean up after their annual auction.  On Friday, May 6, 2016 from 9:30 pm -12:00 am, 4 – 6 people are needed to help the Montshire to clean up after their auction.  On Saturday, May 7, from 8:00 am – 10:00 am, 4 – 6 people are needed to help put exhibits back in place and do light cleaning. For more information:  Call Burke Cunningham at 802-649-2200 x240 or email


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Scholarships and College Info

For previously posted scholarship information, check out the TSA web site at: Scholarships

TSA Paying For College Night for Juniors and Junior Parents To be Rescheduled. More details coming soon via email.


Free Summer College Classes at UVM: Summer Academy at the University of Vermont offers high school students who have completed 10th, 11th, and 12th grade the opportunity to earn transferrable college credit and experience the challenge of college-level academics. High school students are invited to enroll in a four-week, on-campus Summer Academy Program focusing on healthcare or engineering, or a travel-abroad option to study in Costa Rica. Students have the option of participating in the Summer Academy courses as residential students (*program fees apply) or as commuters. Students who participate in a UVM precollege program will also save money on college costs through Dual Enrollment, a statewide program for high school students with Vermont residency to access up to two college courses tuition free. The Academically Talented Program offers Vermont high school students the opportunity to enroll in UVM courses, gain college credits, and receive a 50% in-state academic-year tuition reduction. This program also offers out-of-state high school students the chance to enroll in UVM courses, gain college credits, and receive a 50% out-of-state academic-year tuition reduction during the summer. UVM is now accepting 2016 Summer Academy applications. For more information, please contact Nicole Hathaway at 802-656-4682 or visit

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Community Events

HAIRSPRAY! Fun, Energetic Musical at Lost Nation Theater!  Come and support Sharon Academy Student Gabriella Atkinson, and her fellow cast members in this amazing show! April 21 – May 8. Thurs – Sun; 7:30 Th-Sat; 2pm Sat & Sun. You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance. Winner of 8 TONY Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score! Family-friendly musical comedy set in Baltimore, 1962 – piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful, soulful songs and also dealing with issues of justice and acceptance. Exuberant hilarious and powerful! Lost Nation Theater: 39 Main St – City Hall Arts Center
Montpelier, VT. Ticket Prices range from $15 – $40, or even cheaper with a membership! To get more information, call: (802) 229-0492 or visit

Flock Dancers Needed:
 Young Male dancers and Mom with baby needed in Flock performance. Rehearsals start July 7. Flock Dance Troupe has parts for young men with social dance skills: Tango, Swing, Contra, English, Waltz and more. Performances: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 22-24 and 29-31 at 6:30pm, at Star Mountain Amphitheater in Sharon, VT. Contact:

Inspirations Theater Camp: 
August 1 – 13 2016 (+ July 27-29 for leads 12 and older); 9:00 – 3:30 most days. Price: $450.  Quality theater experience in central Vermont. Join Inspirations Theater Camps August 1 – 13 for theater games and a full-length original musical production. If your child enjoys the high that comes from putting on the circus, they’ll enjoy our camp! This year’s show, The Ramayana, features a city of monkeys and a ten-headed demon. Students aged 12 and up interested in being considered for leads should enroll by April 30th. For tuition information please visit website. Also check out the Inspirations Flyer, by clicking here:  Inspirations Flyer.  For more information, please contact Torsti Rovainen at or visit

Caps for Sale! Performance on Saturday, April 23rd; 10:30am-11:15am.
Free performance to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic story of Caps for Sale, the PuppeTree is offering an updated puppet production of this original story by Esphyr Slobodkina. This new version followed by a fun-filled retelling of the classic story with puppets from many different cultures. For more information, please contact ArtisTree at 802-457-3500/ or visit

CATS the Musical!  
Pentangle Arts production, in collaboration with ArtisTree, present CATS at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre this Spring! Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” By T.S. ELIOT. Performance Dates:  Fridays, April 29 and May 6 at 7:30 pm, Saturdays, April 30 and May 7 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm and Sundays, May 1 and May 8 at 2:00 pm; Tickets: $30 Adults | $28 Seniors | $25 Members | $17 Youth (ages 12 & under) For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Pentangle Arts at or (802) 457-3981 or visit

The prize-winning new play “Mama’s Girls”
, about a family torn apart by a twin’s need for gender-change therapy, will be presented at Chandler on July 24th and 29th. Director Cher Laston seeks actors who are or can appear to be 11-year-olds. Also needed in the cast: the twins’ middle-aged mother (a school secretary) and middle-aged father (a self-employed carpenter). Please contact Ms. Laston to arrange auditions or for more information about the play at or (802) 249-9047

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Looking for an exciting FREE summer adventure? Looking for support driver(s) for a group of older adults crossing the USA by bike. Help needed with a section of the ride from Billings, Montana to Brookings, South Dakota. The dates are from July 13 – 28. All expenses would be paid including transportation, rooms and meals in a spectacular part of the country. The support would entail driving a large SUV towing a 25 foot camper, shopping for food and putting out a daily lunch spread along the route. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Ken and Nancy Wright 763-8937. Or email Ken at: