In this Issue:
Mark Your Calendar
TSA’s Chain Reaction Day
Middle School News
High School News
Opportunities for Students
Mark Your Calendar
|Fri||20||TSA Afternoon Cafe, school is dismissed at 3:00|
|Mon – Fri||23 – Jan 3||Winter Break|
|Fri||3||Alumni Potluck and Basketball Game|
|Mon||6||Annual Alumni Day – Alumni will come to the high shcool to speak with our students about life after high school.|
|Weds||8||First Day of Suicide Six Skiing and Alumni Ski Day|
|Thurs||16||Paying for College Night for 12th Grade Parents, 6:30 PM|
|Mon||20||Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
No School for students. In-Service for Teachers
|Tues||21||Chain Reaction Day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Followed by an all-school potluck|
|Weds||22||HS Second Marking Period ends|
- All HS Field Trip: May 16th, 2014
- Prom: May 17th, 2014
- All MS Field Trip: May 20 – 22nd, 2014
- MS Semi Formal: May 30th, 2014
Congratulations to Wright Frost ’19, this year’s school geography bee champion. Wright won by knowing the name of the highest peak in Australia. He will be competing in the state bee in April.
Congratulations to Christa’s Advisory for raising over $400 for Heifer International through games they organized in the high school. The advisory is now in the process of buying a llama, a sheep, a goat, a flock of chickens, and a flock of ducks with the money they raised.
Congratulations to the many performers we have in our midst. Emmie Masteller ’16 and Emily Weatherill ’17 were in the Revels this past week. And on Saturday night, TSA dancer/choreographers Lucia Gagliardone ’16, Lydia Roe ’16 , and Shiloh Savage ’15, danced and displayed their own student choreography in the White River Ballet Academy’s Student Choreography Show.
TSA’s 2014 Chain Reaction Day:
A celebration in the spirit of the work
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Workshop Leaders Needed!
On Tuesday, January 21st, TSA will host its 5th Annual MLK day celebration, Chain Reaction. We will offer a day of student, teacher and community-member led workshops focusing on celebrating, exploring and engaging in the spirit of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We are currently looking for parents, alums, or other community members to lead workshops regarding any of the following topics: (Or a subject of your own choosing!)
- Race and Language
- Race, Ethnicity and Culture in the Media
- The Civil Rights Movement
- Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Art/Literature
- The Life of MLK Jr.
- Stereotypes and Assumptions
- Diversity and Difference
This is a limited list so if you have other ideas about workshop topics, please be creative! If you are interested in possibly leading a workshop, please take a moment to think about how your chosen topic may address these ideas:
- What happens/has happened between “US” and the “OTHER”?
- How does this topic fit into the work of Dr. King and the spirit of his work?
- How does this topic fit with the day’s objectives, which are to:
- Explore the unspoken assumptions we make on a daily basis.
- Increase our awareness of how our differences can enhance our relationships.
- Begin to engage in difficult conversations.
Thanks for considering leading a workshop. Please let Kate Sensenich know if you have any questions or ideas at email@example.com or 802-763-2500 ext. 115.
Reminder: The deadline for Suicide Six Ski Forms has been extended to December 20th. Please click here to access the registration form: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e8mnqxghhou4q54c/_tmp/questions. Note: please fill out the registration form even if your student will not be participating.
Wednesday Dismissal Times: For the duration of the Ski Wednesday program (January 8th – February 19th), school will dismiss at 12:30 on Wednesdays.
All-School Café Performance: On Friday, December 20th, 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.
Last newsletter until January: This will be the last newsletter until we return to school in January 2014.
Student Climate Lobby: On January 10th, there will be a student climate lobby day at the state house. All students are welcome. Please contact Margaret Gish if you would like to carpool.
School Photos from the Fall: Lifetouch has let us know that this is the last chance to order your child’s fall school pictures. Here is the information from Lifetouch:
Save 10% and get FREE SHIPPING to your home. If you haven’t already ordered your child’s school picture there is still time. Simply call the number below and provide your picture day ID and the coupon code. Phone Number: 866.955.8342. Picture Day ID: 119473. Coupon Code: FINALCHANCE. Offer is only available until December 31, 2013 on orders placed before 11:59pm CST. FINALCHANCE coupon code must be provided with your order. Not valid for adjustments on prior purchases or after the promotional period, or with any other offer. Products, prices, availability, and offers are subject to change without notice. Lifetouch National School Studios has the right to cancel an order due to altered, unauthorized, or ineligible use of discount.
Banner for Trenton: Last year’s graduate Trenton Morrison broke the TSA scoring record for the Boy’s Varsity Basketball team eclipsing the 1,000 point mark and totaling 1,246 points for his career. On Friday, December 20th we will have a banner unveiling ceremony for Trenton to celebrate his accomplishments on the basketball court. The ceremony will take place at 6:45 before the first TSA Varsity Boys home game of the season at 7:00. At halftime of this game, we will also be drawing the winning ticket for the first ever TSA Booster Club Raffle. Half the proceeds from the raffle will benefit the TSA Athletic department. Please come and show your support for Trenton and TSA athletics!
Soccer Uniforms: Those who have not turned in soccer uniforms by Friday, December 20th will be charged $50 to their student accounts.
Middle School News
Attention 8th Grade Families: Please remember to arrange a shadow day for visiting the HS. The available days are: January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. Call Amber Wylie at 802.763.2500 x120 to make arrangements.
Outside Reading Reminder: The middle school has officially started its 2nd trimester. Students are expected to read 400 pages of outside reading (books of their choice) per trimester. Students will not have homework over December break, so this is a good time to knock off at least a portion of the outside reading requirement. Plan now and have books ready for holiday break outside reading.
High Five Adventure: The middle school will be undertaking a new adventure this spring from May 20th to May 22nd. In the past we have visited the Hulbert Outdoor Center for our annual trip in May. This year, we will be exploring a new team-building experience in Brattleboro, VT at the High Five Adventure Center. (high5adventure.org). The main reason for this change is to take advantage of the highly experienced team of outdoor educators that will work with our students at High Five. (One of High Five’s most famous current team-building clients is the Boston Bruin hockey team.) The goals for the 7th grade include developing leadership and team building skills as these students step into the 8th grade leadership position at the middle school. The goal for the 8th grade is to look ahead to high school and examine the ways positive and negative risk taking plays a role in the high school experience, and how students can support each other for optimal growth.
High School News
Juniors and Seniors: Division 3 Literature students need to have their copies of Othello (Folger edition) by January 20. Copies are available to borrow, but students must contact Maria before the deadline to arrange to do so.
Please Clean Kitchen Refrigerators: We will be unplugging the refrigerators over vacation to reduce energy use. Please remember to clean everything out before leaving for December Break.
HS Lunch: Welcome the Famished Phoenix back and enjoy a hot lunch on Tuesdays and pizzas on Fridays, every week starting January 7th. The Tuesday menu will be posted in the newsletter the preceding Thursday. You may pay with cash or pre-purchase a booklet of coupons for $36 worth of food (costs $36 per book).
Happy holidays, and see you next year! Thanks for your support – it’s great to be back at TSA.
Yurt Alert: A Special Interim Edition of the Yurt Alert is available now. Please click here for the Yurt Alert: http://theyurtalert.weebly.com/
Community Service Opportunities
For a more complete list of Current Community Service opportunities,
please click here: portals/current-students-and-parents/community-service-opportunities/
Emerging Artist Showcase Seeks Young Talent: On Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm, the sixth annual Emerging Artist Showcase will feature rising young performers and visual artists from up and down the Upper Valley. The Showcase will take place at Damon Hall at Hartland Three Corners. The event’s producers have put out a call to all performers and artists aged 16 to 26 to sign up and share in the celebration of your talents. Musicians, singers, dancers, poets, acrobats, jugglers, comedians, storytellers, and other performers, along with painters, sculptors, cartoonists, and other visual artists–and even chefs are invited to participate. The Showcase is a production of Hartland Community Connections. For more information about the showcase, or to sign up and take part, contact: Jaxon Morgan at 802-291-1049 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cochran’s NordicChallenge: (The first Nordic Ski Cross Event in New England) Sunday, March 9th at Cochran’s Ski Area (910 Cochran Rd, Richmond, VT 05477). A fun, festive, and competitive citizens Nordic Ski Cross Race for all ages. Uphill, downhill, slalom gates, jumps, and obstacles, all on one pair of skis. Spectator friendly! Don’t want to race? Come watch the fun and eat pancakes with hot Slopeside Syrup. Interval start. Seeding based on ability, age and sex. Shorter course for kids, 12yr. and under. Prizes for top three in all age and ability categories. Cost: Adults $30 preregistered by March 2nd online www.cochranskiarea.com or $40 after March 2rd and same day. Kids $10 (12yr. & under). Includes entry fee, headband and pancake sausage feast with Slopeside Syrup. Start Time: 10am Kids and 11am Adults. For more information contact: Laura Farrell email@example.com or 802-291-1348
Opportunities for Students
2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: For creative teenagers in grades 7–12. Find out more information and apply at: artandwriting.org
Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference, May 23-25, offering a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic events. The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 15 is fast approaching. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please download an application (or cover letter & brochure) from the website: http://www.champlain.edu/write
Burger King Scholarship: High School seniors with a 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply for up to $50,000. Apply online at www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, is again offering a unique Investigative Journalism Workshop. This three, two-week workshops will begin on June 30. During each session, students participate in seminars and work alongside BU faculty and award-winning local and national journalists on investigative stories that could be published on the center’s website or in regional and national publications. Students will live on the BU campus and gain hands-on experience in investigative reporting while developing critical thinking and writing skills. Applicants who apply by January 31, 2014, will receive a $100 discount on tuition.
Women’s Snowboard, Complete Package – LIKE NEW. $350. Salomon Lotus 151 board. Burton Citizen G bindings. Salomon Pearl Boa boots (women’s size 8 w/the ultra-cool and convenient Boa lacing system). Only used twice. Contact Catherine: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-353-6064.