The Sharon Academy Newsletter, December 12, 2014

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 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


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

December 2014

Mon 15 Registration due for TSA skiing at Suicide 6
Fri 19 Cafe afternoon, school releases at 3:00
Mon – Weds 22 – 31 December Break


January 2015

Thurs –
1 – 2 December Break, Cont.
Fri 2 Alumni Potluck and Basketball Game
Mon 5 School Resumes
Weds 7 First Ski Wednesday and Alumni Ski Day


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Holiday Celebrations on December 19th

All-School Café Performance: On Friday, December 19th, TSA will hold its annual All School Holiday Cafe. Students from both the middle school and the high school will be performing from 1:00 until 3:00 in the afternoon.  We have asked our students to make sure that their performances are appropriate for a range of ages.  Parents are welcome to join us for the fun.

All-School Yankee Swap:  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 Yankee Swap. We ask all students to bring in a wrapped Yankee Swap gift.  This gift should cost $5.00 or less. 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.


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General News

Pico Student Passes:  Vermont Student Pass, $89! (Price valid through December 12, 2014.)  Hit the snow just as hard as you hit the books. Come find out why Pico Mountain is so popular with the locals. Join in with all the other Vermont students who call Pico Mountain their home mountain. Vermont Student Passes available to students in grades K-12 and requires proof of eligibility:

  • Student’s parent or guardians will need to bring a report card or other official document issued by the school indicating the student’s home address (or parent must prove residency) and current enrollment.
  • For homeschooled youth, proof of enrollment in a home study program with Department of Education required.
  • Vermont resident students who attend a New York or New Hampshire border school also qualify for pass.
  • Proof of eligibility is not required at time of purchase, but must be provided before pass is activated.
  • Pico Mountain reserves the right to cancel any pass without refund which it believes was obtained fraudulently under this program.

To download a PDF with more information about the program, pleas click here. To visit the Pico website and purchase tickets, please click here.

TSA Wednesday Skiing at Suicide Six: Registrations due by December 15th.  To access the registration for participating in Suicide Six’s ski program for TSA students, please click herePlease 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:

Helpful Information about Teen Driving:  This article was sent to us as a reminder of how much teenagers pick up from their parents’ driving habits.


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Middle School News

Geo Bee – The TSA Geo Bee will be rescheduled.  We’ll keep you posted.

Report Cards: On Friday, December 5th , middle school report cards were posted on Gradelink.

Holiday Festivities: On Friday, December 19th the middle school will participate in holiday celebrations at the high school*. This includes a Yankee Swap and a “Café” performance. Please help your student get ready for these events:

  1. Your student will need a wrapped Yankee Swap gift. This gift should cost $5.00 or less. 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 by December 18th. If this represents a hardship, please let Pam Ward know.
  2. You student is encouraged to perform in the Café Performance. This event is a talent show in which students perform short acts for the school. Singing, juggling, playing an instrument, telling a G-rated joke or story, reciting a poem, dancing, performing a short skit – these are just a few suggestions for student performers. Students from the middle school must get their acts approved ahead of time by Pam Ward.
  3. On December 19th, your student will need to be picked up at the high school at  3:00.

* Please drop you student off at the Middle School in the morning as usual.  We will transport the students to the High School during the day. 

Secret Santa:  Every year our Secret Santa gift giving tradition generates a lot of laughter and excitement at the middle school.  The students received their Secret Santa names today.  Beginning on Monday, December 15th, students will secretly deliver gifts to his or her special person.  Secret gift giving will take place all week until Friday, December 19th.  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 cost amount should 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 remember 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.


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High School News

Governor’s Institute of Vermont Winter Weekends: GIV winter weekends are coming up.  GIV’s website ( will post information on the Winter Weekends starting December 10th.  These weekends are open to all high school students.  There are fees associated with the program, but GIV offers a sliding scale for tuition.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask Kimberly Barnhart.   




Career & College Guidance

Applications are available in the College and Career Advising Office for the Vermont-NEA 2015 Maida F. Townsend Scholarship for the sons and daughters of Vermont-NEA members.  Application deadline is the end of the business day on February 2, 2015.  ​Students majoring in any discipline are eligible to apply; however, preference may be given to those majoring in education.  Awards will be baed on merit, not financial need.  Talk with Ellen for details!


Student Opportunities

Summer Science in Greenland: In this summer science and culture opportunity, students and teachers from the United States, Denmark, and Greenland come together to learn about the research conducted in Greenland and the logistics involved in supporting the research. They conduct experiments first-hand and participate in inquiry-based educational activities. The JSEP format has evolved over the years into its current state, which consists of two field-based subprograms on-site in Greenland: the Greenland-led Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and the U.S.-led Science Education Week.

Summer Science in Alaska and Washington for Girls: Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. One team explores Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. The other team sleeps under the midnight sun exploring an Alaskan glacier.  The application period for the 2015 Girls on Ice Teams will begin December 10, 2014 and end on January 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Alaska time.

  • Alaska program: June 19 – 30, 2015
  • North Cascades program: July 13 – 24, 2015

To be eligible, girls must be at least 16 years old by June 19, and no older than 18 on July 24.



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

Sharon Rink Raising: Come join us for our 3rd annual Sharon Community Rink Raising, this Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This event coincides with the Community Craft fair at the Sharon Elementary School.  Lunch will be served and there will be a used skating and hockey equipment sale as well.  Come join us for a good old fashion community gathering to build our winter ‘town square’.  Call Steve for more information at 763-8014.

Tunbridge Rink Raising: On Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, many hands are needed to help create the Tunbridge skating rink behind the Tunbridge Central School on route 110.  Wear warm clothes, waterproof boots, and rubber gloves.  On Saturday from noon – 2:00pm, many people are needed to help pull in the rink liner.  On Sunday  from 9:00 – 1:00pm, help the fire department to fill the rink, and help them to put away the hoses afterwards.  For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Thornton Hayslett at 802.236.9642 or



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Community Events

Skating and Hockey Equipment:  There will be a used skating and hockey equipment sale at the Sharon Elementary School, this Saturday, December 13, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  All proceeds to benefit the Sharon Community Rink.  This event coincides with the Rink Raising and Sharon Craft Fair.  If you have equipment to donate please contact Steve at 763-8014.


Amahl and the Night Visitors: Opera North is excited to present Amahl and the Night Visitors at Lebanon Opera House. One of the most popular operas of all time, Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of how a crippled young shepherd boy’s life changes forever when he sees an amazing star “as big as a window.”  When three foreign kings (who are following the star in their search for a wondrous child) encounter Amahl and his mother, the result is a timeless and inspiring message of how faith, charity, unselfish love, and good deeds can work miracles.  The production, forty-five minutes long and featuring a chamber orchestra and professional soloists, is perfect for the entire family. Community performances are $17.50 for adults, free of charge for children.  Saturday, December 20th, 5pm & 7pm,  Sunday, December 21st, 2pm. Free for children, $17.50 for adults.

Emerging Artists Showcase: This year’s Emerging Artists Showcase will be on Saturday, January 10th at Damon Hall in Hartland. This event is a great opportunity for mostly high school age students to show off their performing or visual artistic abilities in a friendly environment. It gives them both exposure and confidence – sometimes even connections for future jobs. Also – Visual artists displaying their work are able to sell it if they wish both during intermission and after the show.

Hmong Pandau Art Exhibit at BALE: Hmong Pandau: Reflections of a Mountain Culture” runs through Thursday, Jan. 29 at The Commons @ BALE. The remarkable textile art of the Hmong tribal people native to the mountains of Southern China and Southeast Asia, Hmong pandau (meaning “flower cloth” in the Hmong language) features bold, highly stylized, and symbolic geometric design motifs painstakingly executed in bright, contrasting colors. Regular hours are 9 AM to 2 PM Mondaythrough Friday through Dec. 19. Call Chris Wood for other times that work for you: 802-498-8438 or

Backstage at the Revels:

My Revelsy Things *(to be sung to the tune of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music)*

*Concession tables that sell Revels goodies*
*CDs and chocolate and t-shirts and hoodies*
*Make-up and hair-dos for those who sing*
*These are a few of my favorite things.*
*Sets to be painted, then moved in and out*
*Costumes and make-up to shuffle about,*
*Children in chorus who need loving wings,*
*These are a few of my favorite things.*
*Chorus: Days are darker, days are colder, and I’m feeling sad. I simply remember to volunteer, and then I don’t feel so bad.*

The Revels North Christmas Show; is coming right up, and it will be a show to remember!  There are still many ways to be involved as a Backstage Reveler, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse. Are you interested in theatrical make-up and hair design?   We would love to have you! Revels is all about community involvement.   We would love to have you involved. Please contact volunteer manager Laura Craft–; to sign up or learn more.


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