The Sharon Academy Newsletter, December 17, 2015

Posted by on Dec 17, 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


Fri 18 Cafe Afternoon for both MS & HS Students (and parents and siblings too) – located at TSA HS – 12pm – 3pm
Pick up for all students at 3:15pm at the TSA HS
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





Thank you Clara Young ’16
for your fundraising efforts during interim.  Clara has taken it upon herself to raise funds for a special fund called the TSA Student Venture Fund. These funds can be used by TSA students who wish to participate in special educational events outside of school that may require financial help to get there. By selling pies during interim Clara made $243! Great job Clara!

TSA Middle School Geo Bee:  In a tight competition, Tom Bissaillon (7th) won and Quinn Biron-Warrencame (7th) came in second.  Macy Demara (7th) was the third place finisher. All student participants should be commended on their excellent geography knowledge. (For more information on the competition, see Middle School News Below.)

A special thanks to Cal Hale ’18  and Daniel Lazar ’16 for their help with last Thursday’s TSA Middle School Geo Bee.  Cal as scorekeeper and Daniel served as competition judge. Thanks for helping out our Middle Schoolers, gentlemen!

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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 Tomorrow, Friday, December 18th from 1:00 to 3:00, 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

TSA Annual Yankee Swap (HS and MS) Tomorrow, 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.
Then wear these to our home basketball games.

WINTER BREAK REMINDER: All three high school basketball teams will have practices over break. Check the Athletic Calendar for specific dates and times:

Hot off the presses – last night’s scores:

TSA Varsity boys 65, Chelsea 21
TSA Varsity Girls 36, Chelsea 45

From Monday Night:

TSA JV Boys 57, Trinity Baptist 31

Scores and Results From Last Week:

TSA Varsity Boys 73, Websterville Baptist 29, The Phoenix had four athletes score double digits in this lopsided victory. Carter Blanchard (18 points), Bruce Atwood (16), Jay Knoerlein (10) and Sam Knoerlein (14) combined for 58 points for Sharon to remain unbeaten this season.  The boys have an undefeated season so far. They are 4-0!

TSA Varsity Girls 36, Trinity Baptist 18, Sharon scored four points in the second quarter and took a 15-8 lead into halftime, but picked it up in the second half to stretch its lead. Mallory Lloyd led the Phoenix with 19 points. Grace Dorman added 12 points to the victory.  Congratulations on the win! Keep it up!

Upcoming Games and Events for the next two weeks:

Indoor Track:

12/19/2015     Saturday    Leverone Field House at Dartmouth    12:00pm
12/27/2015     Sunday      Leverone Field House at Dartmouth     12:00pm

JV Boys:

12/18/2015     Friday       Trinity Baptist      Away      5:30pm
12/22/2015     Tuesday    Craftsbury            Away      5:30pm

Varsity Boys:

12/22/2015    Tuesday     Craftsbury         Away      7:00pm
12/29/2015    Tuesday     Chelsea              Away       7:00pm

Varsity Girls:

12/18/2015    Friday        Trinity Baptist    Away       7:00pm
12/29/2015    Tuesday    Chelsea                Away       5:30pm

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

Middle School GeoBee:  Last Thursday afternoon sixteen of the 32 middle schoolers stayed after school to participate in the annual National Geographic Bee.  This included Fintan Trimble joining us digitally from Europe where he was watching his brother Aidan compete in an international luge competition.  There were seven preliminary rounds of questions, and then nine people made it into the finals.  Eventually two people, Quinn Biron-Warren and Tom Bissaillon made it to the championship round.  In a tight competition, Tom won and Quinn came in second.  Macy Demara was the third place finisher, and all student participants should be commended on their excellent geography knowledge. A special thanks to Cal Hale ’18 who served as scorekeeper and Daniel Lazar ’16 who served as competition judge.  If he qualifies, Tom will compete at Middlebury College in April at the state geography bee.  Best of luck Tom Bissaillon!

Homework over vacation:  Parents will be contacted directly if their student needs to work on something over the holiday break.  Outside reading is encouraged for all!

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High School News

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

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 tomorrow, Friday 12/18. If anyone is interested, meet at 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


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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:

After School Arts programs coming to Chandler Music Hall in Randolph in January.
They have four classes offered for ten-week sessions beginning January 11th. Ukulele lessons and other great classes in storytelling, world music, and theater arts are available to students this winter. For more information, check out:  After School Arts Information.  You can also feel free to contact Emily Crosby at

Body Language Workshop for Girls, December 19th, 20th and 28th; 10 am or 2 pm.  Girls in grades 7-9 are invited to a workshop aimed at facilitating healthy body image and celebrating innate beauty. Through yoga, conversation, and experiential learning, this workshop will explore how developing a positive relationship with one’s physical self can lead to greater confidence and clarity, while journeying through the complexity of being a young woman. Please make sure to indicate which date and time you prefer when you register. Led by Emily Jean.  Price: $25.  The event will be held at Open Door Studio in White River Junction.  For more information, please contact Kate Gamble at or visit

NCCT Teen Show Auditions, January 2nd, 2016 at 9:00am.  
Auditions for the 2016 NCCT teen show, On the Town, will be held at the Lebanon Opera House on January 2nd. The show will be held on February 26th, 27th, and 28th and is open to students in grades 9-12. NCCT teens is a branch of the Upper Valley based theater organization, NCCT, and seeks to promote the arts among Upper Valley high school students. The teen show gives young actors a chance to work with their peers from other schools around the Upper Valley and act in a major production. Pre-registration is availible online until December 31st or in person before the auditions. Registration and check-in for the auditions begin at 9:00 am, with a pre-audition work shop at 9:45am. Auditions begin at 11:00am. Callbacks are in the afternoon, the same day. For more information, visit or email 




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