The Sharon Academy Newsletter, April 8, 2016

Posted by on Apr 8, 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


Fri 8 No School – TSA MS Only – Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day
Sat 9 April Break Begins for TSA MS & HS
Mon 18 Classes Resume for TSA MS & HS
Sat 30 TSA 20th Birthday Party Gala – 7pm – 11pm – more details and a link to our on-line ticket order form below.


Happy April Break!




A Wonderful Announcement from our TSA HS Biology Teacher, Lisanne Velez: Announcing the arrival of Jesse Ryan Velez McLaughlin at DHMC at 2:04 am on March 25th. He was born weighing 6 lbs 10 ounces, 19.5 inches long. You can see him by clicking here: Jesse

Thank you to all TSA MS Circus Volunteers:  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. Thank you!

A Successful First Phone-free Friday at the TSA HS! We are delighted to announce that TEN PHONES were willingly placed in the basket for the FIRST Phone-free Friday! We know, hard to believe, but click here for proof:  Phone Picture.  This is an optional opportunity for students and staff to experience a day without being attached to their phones.  Phones are secured until the end of the day.  Parents may always contact their students via Cynthia (763-2500) and students may use a peer’s phone, or a TSA phone if they need to contact home for rides, practice info, etc. Congratulations and Thanks to those daring pioneers of the First Phone Free Friday!


General News

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:

Enclosed Trailer Needed:  We will be holding on-line, silent and live auctions for our TSA 20th Anniversary Birthday Party Gala on April 30th. Leading up to that we need a safe dry place to store all of the wonderful items that are being donated to auction off in support of TSA.  Do you have an enclosed trailer we can borrow for this purpose? If you do, please contact Dave Eastman via email at or call him at (802) 369 – 9285

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.

Gardening Tools Needed:
 The TSA groundskeeping and sunflower department (Randy) and the Gardening Elective students have a need for general gardening tools.  If you happen to have extra shovels, hoes, rakes, or other implements… especially a wheelbarrow, consider donating some of them to us.  We have big, bountiful and beautiful plans for this year’s growing season. For more information, please contact Randy at 299-5926

Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day at Dartmouth College 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

3 Requests for help realtive to parking and driving around TSA:

1) Please – Turn Your Key (off) – Be Idle Free – an important reminder to parents and all drivers to TSA: Please turn off your engines when waiting to drive your student home or waiting in TSA parking lots. Last week a teacher counted 13 cars idling all at once at the end of a school day at the HS.

A UVM Vehicle Idling study determined that Vermonters’ discretionary idling results in 36,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions (and consumption of four million gallons of fuel) annually. And, a State of Vermont Environmental Surveillance Chief states, “Exhaust from idling vehicles is a common asthma trigger at schools. By limiting exposure to tailpipe emissions, schools can help reduce their students’ risk of developing asthma and decrease the severity of symptoms among students who already have the disease.”

So, please save money, improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy, and comply with Vermont’s laws.  Thank you!

2) At the High School – please help us utilize our limited parking spaces by parking as close as possible to the car next to you.  
We could increase our capacity by almost 50% if we could just park a little closer together.  Thanks!

3) When picking up at the high school please try to park your car instead of forming the long line that invariably forms at the end of the school day.  The line of cars prevents those that need to get out of parking spaces from leaving. Thanks!

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Phoenix Sports

Don’t forget to get your TSA Sports Booster Club Local Business Savings Card!
Get your card from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at:

Join the TSA Athletic Booster Club:  Join this dynamic group of volunteers that do a wonderful job helping to promote and raise money to promote TSA athletics. Our next meeting is at 5:30pm on April 4th. For more information contact Kim Knoerlein at


Look forward to hearing reports about spring sports that are beginning soon!

Ultimate Frisbee, Baseball, and Track and Field! 

Go Phoenix!

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

Homework over vacation: 
outside reading and make up work. Please contact your student’s advisor with any questions.

Science Fair! 
Students are gearing up to begin their science fair projects.  You can support your student with this long-term project by taking a look at the Science Fair Timeline together: Click Here to view:  Timeline


MS Report Cards: Middle School second trimester report cards are posted on Gradelink. 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. If you need a paper copy of the report card please contact Catherine at 763-2531.

The middle school had a super-fun dance on Friday, April 1st. 
Middle school students deserve recognition for being so capable when it comes to organizing and running dances.  Thank you to the music committee for putting together an entertaining and varied play-list, to the many students who did a fabulous job decorating during their lunch hour, to the students who set up the sound system and lights, and to the upbeat, efficient clean up crew (Pam’s advisory).

The next dance is the semi-formal on May 27th at The Royalton Academy!

It’s time once again to get excited about Summer Tech Camp! HACTC sponsored week long camp for middle school students.
We feel it is critical to whole child development to discover fun learning options through hands-on curriculum and we are dedicated to ensuring that all children have equal access to these options. That is why year after year the Summer Tech Camp at the HACTC is offered at an amazingly affordable price. We hope that all Summer Tech Camp campers find successful paths to wonder and engagement. To that end, the HACTC is able to contribute $500 towards a bus stipend for schools with enough enrollment to qualify. This year’s camp schedule:

6/20- 6/24 MONDAY – THURSDAY: 8:45-12:30; FRIDAY: 8:45 – 1:00

For an an electronic version of our application click here:  HACTC Application

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High School News

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

CyberSecurity Summer Program for HS Students at Dartmouth: 
This summer, the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth will be holding our annual cyber security summer program for high school students.  This week long workshop is FREE, thanks to funding through the GenCyber partnership between the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. Every day some new cyber security breach is reported in the news; lately we’ve heard of ransomware attacks on hospitals and a cyber attack on the digital toymaker Vtech. In addition, there is a vast worldwide shortage of cyber security professionals, leading educators such as ISTS at Dartmouth to provide opportunities for high school students interested in technology to be introduced to cyber security concepts.  The ISTS course is structured so that students from basic to higher levels of technology competency can be accommodated. More information about the program and links to the application can be found here: note that applications, including a teacher recommendation, are due April 18. For more information, please contact  at  or visit

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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


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: 


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORKDAY – for anyone age 14 and older – on April 16th in Claremont.  We will be installing flower boxes and doing landscaping. Meet at the Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church at 8:30 to be back by 4:00. We need 8 volunteers and a pick up truck for lugging dirt if possible. What a great way to finish your spring break because it is always a good day when you work with Habitat!  For more information, contact Lucia Jackson 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


Last Chance for this year:  TSA Paying For College Night for Juniors and Junior Parents: April 28th at 6:30 pm. If you did not attend the Paying For College night in January, please mark your calendar for Thursday, April 28th. Ellen Bagnato, TSA’s Director of College and Career Advising,  will host a one hour introductory discussion on  Paying For College. This will include information on the new opportunity to file your FAFSA beginning on October 1. Please note that there will be no further TSA Parent Information Nights on Paying For College until April 2017. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at

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


Cornell University Summer College: Summer College offers academically motivated high school students an unparalleled opportunity to take courses at a great Ivy League university while earning college credit, working closely with internationally recognized faculty, exploring majors and career options, making friends from around the world, and enjoying the great natural beauty of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region. For more information, please contact  at  or visit

FREE Preparation for the ACT: 
TSA is excited to offer all students a free resource to help them prepare for the ACT. In partnership with, all TSA students will receive free access to TutorMe’s Online ACT Preparation Course. Created by ACT experts, the TutorMe course features over 10 hours of fully-animated content, along with 500+ practice problems covering all concepts tested on the ACT. This course normally costs $79, but is being offered to our students for free for 6 months. To access this course, sign up at and enter the coupon code that was sent to you via email. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

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Community Events

Come and support Coquette at Higher Ground, Saturday, April 9th; 8:00 pm. Coquette is doing its official debut headlining at Higher Ground (Burlington, VT) with new tunes, and needs to show the staff that they can bring a crowd…  The concert is on Saturday, April 9th.  It starts at 8pm.  $12 at the door, all ages. Please spread the word to all your friends and bring your peeps! For more information, please contact Florence Tolbert at or visit


Coquette Fundraiser, Saturday, April 16th at 8:30 pm at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier. Coquette is having its fundraiser concert and is celebrating Cobalt’s 22nd birthday. It’s the “All I Want is a Van” concert which will raise funds for the band to buy a vehicle so that they can start touring. It’s at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier, VT at 8:30pm. $10 (with free download of their new single), all ages. Please spread the word to all your friends and bring your peeps! For more information, please contact Florence Tolbert at 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

Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction in South Strafford, Tomorrow, Saturday, April 9th: 5pm to 7pm for just $5. 
Come support a wonderful local preschool while eating delicious chili and bidding on fabulous items donated by local merchants. All proceeds go to the Creative Preschool in South Strafford, Vermont. The event will be held at Barrett Hall in South Strafford. The chili and auction are downstairs while child care is available upstairs for children over the age of 2. For more information, please contact Mary Newman at

Host a French Student this July:
Mme Merideth Jackson, resident of Lebanon, NH, French teacher at the Upper Valley Waldorf School and former teacher at Windsor High School, is coordinating with Vistas in Education to bring a small group of French students to the Upper Valley for three weeks, July 6-27. The students fully integrate with their host family taking pleasure in the daily routine and life of an American family. Families with teens should have a sincere interest in welcoming the French student into their family life, and at minimum provide meals and a bed.  The French students aged 13-18, are eager to practice English and learn about our culture. For more information, please contact Mme Merideth Jackson at or visit www/

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Looking for an exciting FREE summer adventure? We are looking for support driver(s) for a group of older adults crossing the USA by bike. We have a section of the ride from Billings, Montana to Brookings, South Dakota that we need help with. 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:

Relay for Life at the University of Vermont: 
It’s time for Relay for Life again! On April 8th, TSA Alum Beth Potter ’13 will be walking for 12 hours straight in support of those with cancer, caregivers, and anyone else who have been affected by the disease. Any donations would be greatly appreciated, and can be made by following this link:

Beth is trying to reach her goal of $400. For more information, please contact Beth Potter at