The Sharon Academy Newsletter, December 18, 2014

Posted by on Dec 18, 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

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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

Fri 19 Cafe afternoon, school releases at 3:00
Mon – Weds 22 – 31 December Break

 

January 2015

Thurs –
Fri
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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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

from all of us here at TSA.

Wishing you all the best in 2015.

Thank you for sharing your students with us.

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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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Appreciations

Congratulations to Sawyer Levy ’15 who is one of the players chosen to represent Vermont in this summer’s Lion’s Cup game against New Hampshire.  Congratulations also to Silas Farwell-Mead ’15 who has been chosen as an alternate for the Vermont team.

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants in our annual Geography Bee.  In one of the more unusual Bees in history, we persisted on Monday through a power outage and read answers by flashlight.  We started with 1/2 of our middle school students participating and finished with the following winners:  Third place: 8th Grader Wright Frost, Second Place: 7th Grader Fintan Trimble, and First Place, with the chance to go to the State Bee in Middlebury in April, 8th Grader Carl Groppe.  Thanks to everyone for making this one of the most fun Bees yet.  Also, a special thanks veteran Bee-goer Cal Hale ’18 for score keeping throughout the game.
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General News

IMPORTANT: 3SQUARESVT REPLACEMENT BENEFITS DUE TO POWER OUTAGE :  With the recent winter storm leaving many Vermonters without power for various amounts of time, it is important to remember that 3SquaresVT households may be eligible for replacement benefits if food they bought with their benefits spoils due to loss of electricity for four hours or more. If you hear from Vermonters in this situation, please let them know they must request replacement benefits within 10 days of the loss, either orally (by calling 1-800-479-6151 or visiting the local district office) or in writing to the local district office. More information about replacement benefits can be found here: http://vermontfoodhelp.com/more-resources/replacement-benefits, or email asmith-dieng@hungerfreevt.org with any additional questions you may have.

TSA Wednesday Skiing at Suicide Six: Registrations were due on December 15th.  If you are still interested in participating, please email Catherine Farrington: cfarrington@sharonacademy.net or call 802-353-6064.

School Picture Retakes: The new date for school picture retakes is Thursday, January 15th, 2015 starting at 9:00 at the high school.

Request for host homes for visiting artists: The Hop will be hosting a group of 15 theater artists from New York City over spring break (Friday, March 13, 2015 through Sunday, March 29, 2015) as they work on development of their new play.   Since they will be here nearly three weeks, The Hop is hoping to set them up in a local house within a 5-10 mile radius.  There are also a 2-3 little ones and their caregiver, so access to a kitchen for cooking meals is essential. If you or anyone you know is traveling during this time and might like to rent out their home to the Hop, please contact Karen Henderson for more details:  603-646-3453

 

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Middle School News

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. 

 

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High School News

Reminder for Juniors and Seniors:  Students in American Literature need to have a copy of Melville’s two short novels, Benito Cereno and Bartleby (Dover Thrift Edition recommended) in time for the first class meeting after December break. Students wishing to borrow a copy from Maria need to email her before that class meets to be counted “on time” for this assignment. Students who ordered this text from Maria will have accounts charged after January 5.  Orders for The Great Gatsby will be billed at the same time.  Also, Emily Dickinson unit final presentations will be postponed until second class meeting after vacation. Please feel free to direct questions to Maria Piasecki.

Yearbook Covers: Yearbook cover submissions are due Thursday, January 8th.   Check out the posters that are hung around the school for submission details.

PSATs and NECAP Science Reports: Thank you to all for your patience in dealing with last week’s weather related school closings.  One repercussion of these missed days was that we were not able to get PSAT results and NECAP Science Test results home before break.  Please look forward to receiving this information the first week back in January.  Michael and Louise will also include a letter with the PSAT report that helps interpret the results as well as their relative importance in students’ lives. If you need to see this information before the first week in January, please contact us and we can access it for you.

 

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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 based on merit, not financial need.  Talk with Ellen for details!

 

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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:
https://www.facebook.com/SharonAcademyCSC?ref=hl
Have a community service opportunity that you wish to notify people about?
Email communityservice@sharonacademy.net 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

 

 

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Community Events

Handel’s Messiah Sing:  Sunday, December 21, 6:30-9:30 PM at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon, South Park St., Lebanon NH.
The entire work will be performed. Soloists are students and friends of UVMC voice faculty Jennifer Hansen and Julie Ness, with conductor Jane Woods and pianist Henry Danaher. Scores provided, or bring your own. Donations accepted at the door. Potluck cookie reception at
intermission.

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.

The Revels North Christmas Show is here!   It is  a show to remember! Come support the TSA students and families who are performing. For tickets:  http://revelsnorth.org

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Car for Sale:  2005 Toyota Camry – 180,000 miles, well maintained, snow tires, winter wipers, CD, cassette, power drivers seat & windows.  Front wheel drive.  Sliding sun roof needs work.  Blue book = $5,002.  Selling for $4,500 firm.  Only selling because I need an all or 4WD.  See Janice, call 802-770-3861, or email:  jstumpf@sharonacademy.net.

House for Sale, Sharon: House and garage built 2008. 2 miles from I89 on Fay Brook road in Sharon. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1000 square feet total. easy to heat- great gardens, outbuildings, nearby pond,  woods above the home. call 802 291 2064   Price reduction: $175,000.

 

 

 

 

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