The Sharon Academy Newsletter, April 3, 2014

Posted by on Apr 4, 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

Thurs 10 MS Open House, 6:30 – 8:30pm
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.

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Appreciations

Congratulations to the Middle School for another fabulous circus!  Over two performances, our gym was home to more than 600 laughing, delighted children and parents.  We are grateful, once again, to have had Troy Wunderle’s guidance through the myriad opportunities the circus program creates.   Thank you as well  to all the many TSA families who volunteered and helped in any way to get ready for the circus.  We are grateful for the help and the circus would simply not be possible without your support.

Thank you to TSA parents Beth Sawin and Lori Loeb for their informative, thought-provoking presentations on Wednesday during TSA Talks.  TSA Talks are a new tradition, where interesting speakers from the greater community come to share their expertise with the high school student body. TSA Talks focused on this year’s theme of The Environment. We had the great privilege of welcoming two TSA parents who are both experts in interpreting data and using the results for environmental change. Beth Sawin is the Co-Director of Climate Interactive (and mom to Jenna and Nora Rice). In her TSA Talk, Beth shared some ideas from the new field of Climate Change Resilience which focuses on what individuals, communities, and organizations can do to prepare for the impacts of climate change, such as more intense storms and more erratic weather. Beth focused on what Vermonters did right during Tropical Storm Irene and how we can learn valuable lessons from the ways in which our communities responded and took care of one another. Lorie Loeb is the Executive Director of the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation Lab in Computer Science at Dartmouth College (and mom to Paul and Annabelle Roberts). Lorie is a renowned expert in the area of information visualization – she knows how to turn complex data into meaningful visuals. Lorie’s presentation focused on the concept of making data and information meaningful in order to communicate ideas and motivate people to change their behavior and make positive change.

Thank you to 9th graders Tray Fisk and Meghan Shirley for representing TSA at a recent MS Admissions event at Albert Bridge School.  They gave up their day off to help tell 5th and 6th graders about the TSA Middle School.

Congrats to all of the TSA students who participated in Model UN at Dartmouth recently: Fletcher Ambrose ’16, Paige Bissaillon ’17, Carter Blanchard ’14, Eleanor Frost ’17, Abby Hurwitz ’14, Emmie Masteller ’16, Hannah McFadden ’14, Austin Oliver ’15, Max Perkins ’16, Paul Roberts ’14, and Jordan Stevens ’16.  Students researched countries and wrote papers on topics as diverse as the formation of Isreal, cyber warfare, international surveillance, human  rights violations in Syria, and Iran’s nuclear compliance.  A special congratulations goes to Paul who won an  honorable mention award in his committee for representing the US in a mock UN Security Council.

The TSA High School climbing team finished their season last week with an incredible 2nd place finish at the State Championships out of the 15+ schools that fielded teams.  Sam Hayden took first place defeating many older athletes.  All of the TSA climbers raised the bar in States and had their best scores of the season.  Congratulations everyone!

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

Blood Drive: On Wednesday, April 9th, The Sharon Academy will be holding the second Blood Drive of the year. This Blood Drive will be from 11AM to 4PM, with a goal of collecting 34 pints. If you’d like to donate, an appointment can be made on www.redcrossblood.org, or can be scheduled by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Anyone who’s 16 or older is encouraged to come and donate! 16 year olds will need a parental consent form, but 17 year olds will not. Feel free to contact Sadie Dutton (sdutton@sharonacademy.net) or Colby Stevens (cstevens@sharonacademy.net) with any questions. Please spread the word, and we hope to see you April 9th!

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

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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: Our middle school lunch program starts next week. 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

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.

Sneaker Drive: Deniz and Justice are looking for donations of sneakers to send to South African children who lack footwear. Please consider donating sneakers that are in good shape – clean, not torn, and not stinky. Winter boots and hiking boots are not needed. Please place sneakers in the box in the lobby of the high school by April 10th. The sneakers are to reach South Africa through a South African man who has been staying in the US for a long time but who goes back to South Africa periodically. Thank you very much for your donation. If you have questions please email at us at jmagere@sharonacadmy.net or dsaraclar@sharonacademy.net

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Middle School News

Lunch Program Begins Monday, April 7th: TSA’s Middle School lunch program begins on Monday! The cost of lunch is $3.25 per day. Breakfast is $1.50 a day. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all families who qualify, according to federal guidelines. It will not be public knowledge who qualifies for free lunch and who does not.

Payment

  • Families who qualify for free lunch will not receive a bill.
  • Families who do not qualify for free lunch will be sent a weekly invoice by email every Friday, separate from other TSA invoicing. Bills are due by the end of the following week.
  • Prepayment is gratefully accepted.
Weekly Costs
  • If your student eats lunch on all 4 days the weekly cost is $13.00
  • For the remainder of April, if your child eats every day then lunch prepayment is $32.50 for the rest of the month.
  • For the remainder of April, students who eat both breakfast and lunch every day available day can prepay $52.00.
Details
A detailed explanation of how the lunch and breakfast program will work was sent to all middle school parents earlier this week. To see a pdf of the email which was sent with all of the pertinent information click here:

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 

Report Cards: Second Trimester report cards were sent home with students on Wednesday, April 2nd.  Conferences are on Friday, April 4th.

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

Science – Students 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.  Also, there is a science quiz on Monday, April 7th that your student should be studying for over the weekend. 

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

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 (and no – the play has not been chosen yet).  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.

College Fair: The first Canadian College Fair in New Hampshire will be at Hanover High School on Wednesday, April 9 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
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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

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Community Events

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

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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