The Sharon Academy Newsletter, December 10, 2015

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 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


Wed 16 Suicide Six Ski and Snowboard Registration Due
– see General News below
Fri 18 Cafe Afternoon for both MS & HS Students(and parents and siblings too) – located at TSA HS – 12pm – 3pm
(more details coming soon)
Sat 19 Beginning of Winter Break – through Sun. Jan. 3rd



Wed 6 School dismissed at 12:30 for all – Suicide Six Ski and Snowboard Program Begins




Congratulations to Nicole Harrington, TSA 8th grader, who competed this past weekend in the Candyland Classic Gymnastic Meet in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Nicole placed 1st place on beam, 3rd place on vault and bars and 5th place for Best All Around Gymnast. Nicole has qualified to compete in the Vermont State Championship meet which takes place in April. Congratulations, Nicole!

This year, TSA had three high school students whose work was included in an anthology of The Vermont Young Writers Project.  It is sponsored in part by a consortium of Vermont and Upper Valley newspapers and by Vermont Public Radio.  Eleanor Frost ’17 scored attention for her piece in The Valley News. A poem by Abby Levy ’17 was chosen by VPR. And Emily Weatherill ’17 garnered further attention for her writing skill, having previously had her work chosen for a special Midwinter Reading Series last year in Burlington.  See more details in the High School News Section below. Congratulations to Eleanor, Abby and Emily! 

Thank you Alexxy Kendall ’18 for sharing your knowledge of snakes and reptiles with the High School today!

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General News

Cafe Night in the afternoon! December 18th:  1:00-3:00pm.  On the last day before each December break, TSA has a tradition of hosting a Cafe Night Talent Show in the Afternoon. On December 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 on Friday, the high school and middle school will gather in Moore Hall to watch students and staff perform. Parents and families are welcome to join us for this afternoon event! School will dismiss at its regular time, 3:15.  All students (MS & HS) should be picked up at the high school.  For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at

Registration and payment are due by Wednesday, December 16th. To access Suicide Six’s ski program registration form, please click here: Suicide Six Ski & Snowboard Survey (Note: We have had some technical difficulties – please let us know if this link does not work for you and we will get you the form in a different format.)  Please fill out the registration even if your student will not be participating in the program.  HS students – remember that to receive PE credit for skiing, you must fill out the Suicide Six Ski Program Request for PE Credit form.

TSA’s Vermont Standardized testing reports are coming home this week.
We apologize for the delay as we adjust to Vermont’s new system. We intend to have our 7th, 8th, and 11th graders participate again this spring. For help in interpreting the SBAC reports, this pdf prepared by parents and teachers is really helpful:

If you would like to discuss this further, we encourage you to reach out to your student’s advisor.

Important Snow Day Information:
 Although we have not had snow yet, last week’s ice event demonstrated that it is coming soon.  Just a few words on snow days:  our primary concern when calling snow days is the safety of our students and families. Because we have so many students driving themselves and other students to school, we err on the side of caution when calling snow days.  However, in recognition of the fact that weather in Vermont can be very localized, we encourage you to use your own judgement.  For instance, in the past, there has been no snow in Sharon, while our families in Rochester had 5 inches of snow and Route 132 was icy on the top of the hill in Strafford.   Parents, if you feel that the roads are not safe and we have not called a snow day, please call the school and let Cynthia know that your student will be late or not be in that day.

TSA Annual Yankee Swap (HS and MS) Friday, Dec. 18th; During School.
It is a TSA tradition to hold a Yankee Swap on the last day of school before the December Break. Both the Middle School and the High School will be participating in this year’s Yankee Swap. We ask all students to bring in a wrapped Yankee Swap gift. This gift should cost no more than $5.00. We encourage recycling used items from home, finding something from a thrift shop or making a handmade item or baked goods. This gift should be brought in (to the middle school for MS students and to the high school for HS students) by December 18th. For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at

How to Donate to TSA by Shopping! 
If you ever use to shop you could be helping The Sharon Academy at the same time, at no extra cost to you. And, this program is confidential, TSA receives no information about you or your account or shopping habits. If you simply switch to Amazon Smile (exact same company, shopping experience and any account you currently have with automatically links to Amazon Smile), Amazon will donate 0.5% of your qualifying purchases (applies to most products) to TSA.  To designate your Amazon Smile account to link to TSA, simply go to:

Where it says: “Or pick your own charitable organization:” Type in “Sharon Academy” (don’t use ‘The’)

Or once you have signed into Amazon Smile (with your email address and password), at the top of the screen you should see where it says: “Supporting:”, click on this and it should lead you to instructions to designate a charity. Please designate: “Sharon Academy” (again don’t use ‘The’ in front).

Once you have made this designation, every time you go to Amazon Smile, it should say: “Supporting: Sharon Academy” at the top of your screen. You should not need to do anything else to make this work.

Now shop away and donate to TSA at the same time!  Thanks for your support!


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Phoenix Sports

Don’t forget to get your TSA Sports Booster Club
Local Business Savings Card!  Makes a great Stocking Stuffer!
Get your card from Cynthia at the TSA High School or contact
Kim Knoerlein at:

Another Great Holiday Gift Idea:  TSA Swag!
Sweatshirts $35,  hats and cinch sacs $15, and t-shirts $10
Contact Kim Knoerlein at:

Time for a
White Out

It’s time to show your team spirit by purchasing one of TSA’s low-cost White logo’ed t-shirts for just $10.  See Blake to make your purchase. Wear these to our home basketball games.

Upcoming games for this week:

Varsity Girls
12/14/2015    Monday         Trinity Baptist  Home     5:30
12/16/2015    Wednesday   Chelsea              Home     5:30

Varsity Boys
12/11/2015    Friday             West Rutland    Home      7:00
12/14/2015    Monday          Websterville     Home      7:00
12/16/2015    Wednesday    Chelsea              Home      7:00

JV Boys
12/11/2015     Friday            West Rutland        Home      5:30
12/14/2015     Monday         Trinity Baptist      Home      4:00

Phoenix Game Results:

TSA VB 63, Mid Vermont Christian 23,  The Sharon Academy varsity boys basketball team used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Mid Vermont Christian 63-23 on Wednesday night.  Harvey Kelley led the Phoenix with 15 points, followed by teammates Carter Blanchard and Bruce Atwood with 10 apiece. TSA (2-0) led 33-8 at halftime.  “We just spread the wealth,” TSA coach Blake Fabrikant said. “We took the press off at the start of the 2nd quarter.”

TSA VG 36, Mid Vermont Christian 31
, Mallory Lloyd scored 13 points as Sharon (1-1) defeated Mid Vermont Christian (1-2).  Jocelyn Johnson added 12 points for TSA, which trailed 14-10 at halftime.  “We played a great four quarters, but our shots didn’t start going in until the second half,” TSA coach Brian Allard said. “Our pressure defense starting working, and we executed offensively and defensively.”

Last Week’s Games:

TSA VG 38, Cabot 51:  Our Varsity squads kicked off the 2015-16 TSA basketball season last Friday as they hosted Cabot. The Girls lost, 38 to 51, but had a great game.

TSA VB 30, Cabot 20:  The Varsity Boys started the season with a hard-fought win with a score of 30 to 20.

Congratulations to both teams for starting their seasons with strength.
There are more games coming up this week, so come out and support your Phoenix Teams!

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

Secret Santa:  Every year our Secret Santa gift giving tradition generates a lot of laughter and excitement at the middle school. The activity will start Wednesday, December 9th when each student will select at random a classmate’s or teacher’s name. Then, beginning on Monday, December 14th, students will secretly deliver gifts to his or her special person. Secret gift giving will take place all week until Friday, December 18th. On Friday (the last day of school before holiday break), Secret Santas will reveal themselves and give one final gift.

Gifts can be handmade items, funny nice notes, pictures cut out of magazines, origami, CDs, re-gifted items from home, goodies of all kinds, locker decorations, etc. The total cost amount for the week ought to be in the range of $5.00 – $10.00. The point is to secretly shower a person all week with attention, not expensive gifts.

Please encourage your student to participate. Some students need help thinking of gifts. Students that are neglected by their Secret Santa feel left out, so it is important that everyone fully participates. Please contact Catherine, 763-2531, with any questions.

Join The Sharon Academy Middle School Climbing Team: 
 No experience necessary.  Practices are 3:45 – 5:00 on Tuesdays  and Thursdays.  We meet at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Quechee, Vermont.  For more information please contact Kelly Ziegler or Allison Ericson

Newton Middle School Dance:  Friday, Dec. 11th 6:30 – 9:30
at Rosa Tyson Gym in South Strafford.  TSA MS students are invited, (along with South Royalton, Theford Academy, Chelsea, and Tunbridge Students) See more details and a required permission slip here:  Newton Middle School Dance

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High School News

If you lent TSA items for this interim production of Spamalot
, we have been doing our best to return these items, but please let us know if you have not received items back.
For Props contact Megan Shirley at:
For costumes contact: Laurel Mendelsohn at:

The Young Writers Project is sponsored in part by a consortium of Vermont and Upper Valley newspapers and by Vermont Public Radio.
Each week a topic or two is provided to interested students. At TSA, this marries nicely with the humanities requirement that students write weekly. Students must choose to submit their work for consideration without teacher sponsorship. Each week, newspapers choose those pieces they want to publish, and one piece is chosen by VPR as a feature. Annually, the Young Writers Project publishes an anthology of work, recognizing pieces with particular merit. This year, TSA had three students whose work was included! Eleanor Frost ’17 scored attention for her piece in The Valley News. A poem by Abby Levy ’17 was chosen by VPR. And Emily Weatherill ’17 garnered further attention for her writing skill, having previously had her work chosen for a special Midwinter Reading Series last year in Burlington.

Governor’s Institutes of Winter Weekends: Feb 5-7 and Feb 19-21st are 48-hour immersion Institutes packed with extreme learning and fun for all motivated 9-12th grade students. Two opportunities to “learn a ton, make new friends, get an edge for college and have fun!” Topics of the weekend workshops include Astrophotography, Debate and National Issues, Entrepreneurship, Girls’ Advanced Math, Singing from the Soul, Acting Masterclass, Biomedical Research, Fiction Writing, Hacking and Cybersecurity.  TSA students have attended in the past and report: the Winter Weekends are fun, exceed expectations, and are really worth it!  Cost is on a sliding scale, starting at just $10.00!  For more info click here:  Winter Weekend

A Call For Volunteers and Ideas to Raise Money for Planned Parenthood.  Robin Chadwell ’16 is volunteering for the WRJ planned parenthood clinic and she would like help brainstorming ideas for a fundraiser to conduct in order to raise money for the WRJ clinic. If any students want to help brainstorm, plan, or help out at the event volunteering they can email Robin at:


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

Volunteers Needed:  Sharon skating rink setup, Saturday the 12th, 9 am to 1 pm.  The rink will be built this Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 am- 1 pm. Bring screw guns and tool pouches if you have them. A free community lunch will be provided from 11:30 to 1.  The rink raising coincides with The Holiday Cheer Craft Fair at the Sharon Elementary School from 9 am- 2 pm. The is a Free, Fun, Community Event with kids’ activities, a visit from Santa at 11 am, free hot chocolate and books for all the kids, and a gym full of food and crafts from local vendors! In addition, there will be a skating and hockey equipment sale to raise money for the rink.  Donations are being accepted for the equipment sale near the entrance to the Sharon Elementary School, in a bin labeled “Skate Sale Donations”. For more information, please contact Taite Clark at

The Newton School needs student volunteers:  In preparation for basketball season, the Newton School in South Strafford, VT is looking for student volunteers to assist during games at the Rosa Tyson Gym.  The games occur throughout the months of December, January, and February. We are looking for high school students to be scoreboard officials and referees.  If you are interested, please e-mail Greg Bagnato at or call (802) 765-4351

Volunteer opportunity for students (or staff) at The Tunbridge Church (in the village on Rte 110). The church annually organizes a Christmas caroling event for “seniors” (generally elderly people who can’t/ don’t leave home often) in the town. This year it will be on Friday 12/18. If anyone is interested, meet at to the Tunbridge town hall (right next to the church) at 5:45 pm to set up car pools and organize groups, to get to as many people as possible. Caroling is usually for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours per group. The group will meet back at the Parish House for refreshments after the caroling. There will be a leader of each group so no experience is needed and someone will lead the cars so nobody gets lost. It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding to bring some cheer to these special people in our community! The more carolers the better!

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Scholarships and College Info

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

Seniors and parents of seniors: CAUTION, January 1 Deadlines Ahead!
  Transcripts, counselor letters, school reports and school profiles with due dates of January 1 will be submitted before Dec 18.  Please check and update your college application deadlines on Naviance.  If a student adds a college to Naviance over winter break and if it has a January 1 deadline, the parts of the application for which the school is responsible (the transcripts, recommendation letters, profile and school report) will be sent when we return from winter break. Please note that it does not adversely affect a students’ application for admission if the materials for which the school is responsible (transcripts, recommendation letters, profile and school report) arrive after deadline. In contrast, the application materials for which the student is responsible must arrive before the deadline.  For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at

To apply for a VT EPSCoR CWDD Student Scholarship
, an applicant must be:

· A Vermont resident and United States citizen
· A graduating senior at a Vermont high school planning to attend a Vermont college during the next academic year, OR a current undergraduate enrolled in a degree program at a Vermont college or university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above
· Enrolling or enrolled in a STEM major in college
· Of Native American ancestry OR a first generation college student

Application deadline is April 1st.  For more information please visit: or email Ellen Bagnato at

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Community Events

UVMC’s Messiah Sing​: Sunday, December 20 at 6:30pm (to go till 9:30) at the Lebanon United Methodist Church, 18 School Street Lebanon NH (Handicap Accessible) Laurel Mendelsohn ’16 will be singing Air 52 “If God Be For Us” which is in Part 3 of the Messiah.  Admission:

Bel Canto’s Amid Winter’s Snow on Saturday, December 12th at 7:30pm and Sunday December 13 at 4:00pm,
at the Lebanon United Methodist Church, 18 School Street, Lebanon, NH (Handicap Accessible), Admission: Adults-$15, Students-$10, 12 & under – Free.  This season Bel Canto Chamber Singers, with Music Director Jane Woods accompanied by Hartland’s Pierre Fournier, present “Amid Winter’s Snow,” a program featuring music of Sweelinck, Hassler, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Holst, and local composer Travis Ramsey, as well as a variety of season music to counter the dark midwinter with festive brass and harmonious voices. Bel Canto will be joined by the Vermont brass quintet, Royal Town Brass.  Laurel Mendelsohn ’16, ​choral member will solo on “L’Dor Vador”, a Hebrew piece which translates to “From Generation to Generation”, composed by Meir Finkelstein.  For more information, check out the event poster at:  Bel Canto

Holiday Calligraphy Gift Event: Saturday, December 12; 10am – 2pm.
 Make your Christmas ornaments and holiday stationery extra special by personalizing with professional calligraphy. Calligraphers will be on hand to personalize your ornaments, gift tags, envelopes, and other holiday stationery. We’ll also have extra pens and stationary for you to try your hand at calligraphy. Suggested donations are $4 per ornament, $1 per gift tag, and $4 per envelope or card. These will be provided, or bring your own and the suggested donations will be 50%. All proceeds will go to the Vermont Independent School of the Arts’ scholarship fund. Drop in Saturday Dec 12, 10AM-2PM! A Vermont Arts Council Vermont 2015 Event.  For more information, please contact Laura at or visit

After School Arts programs coming to Chandler Music Hall in Randolph in January.
We have four classes offered for ten-week sessions beginning January 11th.  For more information, check out:  After School Arts Information.  You can also feel free to contact Emily Crosby at




Four sets of high quality winter tires for sale – all are used but in good to very good condition. Great deal to be had: selling them for $75 dollars for a set of four.
1) Hakkapeliitta 5, 225 – 55 — R17
2) Hakkapeliitta RSI, 205 – 60 – R15
3) Hakkapeliitta 2, 205 – 70 – R15
4) Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6, 225 – 60 – R17
If interested, contact Michael at: (802)763-8396

Child’s Christmas Gift Available:  
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Grocery Store / Lemonade Stand: Is your child an emerging entrepreneur?  Have they already set up lemonade stand or grocery at your house? Would they like a more professional look? Available for Christmas:  like-new lemonade stand and grocery-in-one. Purchased from for $85 willing to part with it for $30. Here are the details from Amazon:  Lemonade Stand / Grocery Store.  For more information contact Dave Eastman at: (802) 369 – 9285 or email