The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 12, 2015

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Message from Florence Tolbert
General News
Middle School News 
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Community Events
High School Electives


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


February 2015

Thurs 12 TONIGHT: Planning for College Night for 11th grade parents at 6:30pm (See HS News)
Mon – Mon 23 – Mar 2 February Vacation


March 2015

Tues 3 Town Meeting Day, no school
Weds 4 Return to School & Last Ski Wednesday
Thurs 12 Planning for College Night for 9th and 10th grade families, 6:30pm
Mon – Fri 16 – 28  MS Circus Interim
Mon 16  Junior Exhibitions
Fri 20  End of MS second trimester
Thurs 26  Cafe Night
Fri 27  HS Inservice – no school HS only
Fri – Sat 27 – 28  MS Circus Performances
Mon 30  No School MS Only

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Message from Florence Tolbert:

Dear TSA Community,
I am taking a leave of absence from TSA to heal emotionally and physically from the crazy crash my body took on January 29, 2015 and to concentrate on treating my cancer.  This was a very “organic” decision and I have really appreciate the support I got from Michael while making it.  As you know, I have to stay away from germs for a while, but I promise to come and visit when my body feels stronger.  Thank you all for the love, support, and cards you have sent.  They mean a lot to me.


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Welcome back, Kay Litten!  Kay is filling in for Flo for the next few months as Flo continues to recover.  (Please see Flo’s letter above.)

TSA at AVA Gallery:  Congratulations to  Meghan Shirley ’17, Abby Levy ’17, Luna Skeet-Browning ’16, Esther Lent ’16, Noah Morse ’16, Izzy Byrne ’16, Grace Pfeil ’15, Dejah Lee ’15, Kyle Shekinah-Roark ’15 and Alice Connelli ’15. who have all had work chosen to be shown at AVA Gallery’s 7th Annual Best of Upper Valley H.S. Exhibition, held February 13 thru March 6 at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH. More than 20 TSA students submitted work to be considered in this year’s AVA Exhibition.  Please come to the opening on February 13, 5-7 p.m. to support our students!




Alumni News

We love to hear what our alumni are up to.  
If you have any alumni news, academic or otherwise, please let us know!

Cobalt and Titien Tolbert in rehearsals for Fiddler on the Roof.

TSA Alumni John Marshall, Cobalt and Titien Tolbert are performing in Artistree and Pentangle’s production of Fiddler On The Roof  in Woodstock, VT.  For more information or to buy tickets, please visit:


For more alumni updates, check out our Alumni Updates Page.

General News

Last Day of Ski Wednesdays: The last day of the ski program is Wednesday, March 4th. This is the first day of school after the February Break! Remember to bring all of your equipment and ski clothing with you for our final day.

Intent to Return fee: This is the time of year to inform us of your student’s intention to return to TSA in the fall of 2015.  Letting us know your intent is essential to our planning.  As you know, TSA is committed to small class size and our finances are tight. It is important that we know the number of students who will be returning next year, as we will soon inform prospective new students regarding their enrollment for Fall 2015, and we need to have an accurate count of spaces available.

  • Families of 8th graders: please fill out the attached Intent to Return form (click here to access the form) and return it by February 20th.  A copy will also be sent home with your student.
  • Families of 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: If you know that your student  will not be returning to TSA in the fall, please inform us ASAP,  before February 20th.

All student accounts will be charged the annual $100.00 intent to return fee unless we hear otherwise from you.

If you need assistance making a decision about your student’s school placement, please contact Pam Ward ( at the middle school or Louise Caldwell ( at the high school.

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Middle School News

Link found between energy drinks and hyperactivity in middle school students: Please click here to read more about the research that shows a link between consuming energy drinks and hyperactivity and inattention symptoms:

Correction to second trimester end date: It has come to our attention that the date marking the end of the middle school second trimester (February 20th) which is posted on the TSA calendar is in error. The correct date is March 20th.

Major Social Studies Project:  Over the next two months, middle schoolers will be working on independent research projects about world religions. They will do extensive independent work during this time, and while there will not be nightly assignments there are certainly deadlines that must be met.  It is really important that parents know about the project, the deadlines, and the quantity of self-direction and focus that will be needed to successfully accomplish this work. You can download the details here or from gradelink, and we would strongly encourage that you go over the whole packet with your student at the start of the project so everyone is on the same page.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Andrew Lane at or call the school at 763-2531.

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High School News

Governor’s Institute: Applications for Governor’s Institute summer sessions are open now. This is a wonderful summer opportunity that many TSA students have appreciated in the past, with institutes available in art, sciences, technology, and youth activism. For more information, and to apply, visit Applications due by March 11.

Independent Study:  If you are planning on completing an Independent Study this year, please return your Independent Study form to Brian Tonks as soon as possible.  Forms can be found in Flo’s room.

Physical Education Credit for Skiing:  Please remember that if you are wanting to get Physical Education credit for skiing or boarding on Wednesdays, you need to get your form signed by Andrew Lane and return it to Brian Tonks by the end of the season.  Click here to download a PDF of the form.

Youth Risk Survey reminder: on Monday, February 16th, students will be completing the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in PATH class.  The YRBS is sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health. The survey gathers information about health risk behaviors of 9th through 12th grade students.  The survey includes questions about nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, physical exercise, injuries, and sexual behavior.  Schools, communities and state agencies will use the results of the survey to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding.   For more information, please see Kate Sensenich’s email of January 23.

Driver’s Education: A Driver’s Ed class will be held this summer at TSA from June 15th to July 8th.  Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  Students will be scheduled for 6 hours of driving  during the afternoon. This class is open to TSA students only until April 17th – the Friday before April vacation.  After that date it is open to non-TSA students. There is always a demand for this class for non-TSA students, so please sign up early. To sign up please go to print the application, and send to Janice along with a $100.00 deposit made out to TSA. The total cost of the class is $650. Any questions please email Gabriella at or call 802 558 2897

Europe trip for high school students: It is not too late to sign up for the trip to Europe in February 2016! We will be touring cultural and historical sites in Lucerne (Switzerland); Venice, Rome, Florence, and Pisa (Italy); Nice (France); and Monaco. For more information and to register, visit  You can also talk to either Kimberly Barnhart or Janice Stumpf, both of whom will be chaperoning the trip.


Career & College Guidance

Scholarship Opportunities: We encourage seniors to apply for college scholarships.  No matter what the award amount may be, each scholarship  equals dollars that students do not have to pay out of their pocket in the future.  Listed below are a few of the thousands of scholarships available.  Seniors were also given more scholarship information in PATH class.

NEW POSTINGS as of 2/12/15

  • All VSAC scholarship applications are due on March 6.  Students should be working on their essay and requesting letters of recommendation that are in the correct format.
  • The Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award is a scholarship available to graduating seniors that have a disability or debilitating illness, either physical or mental, is in need of financial assistance and is planning to attend college after graduating from high school.  One winner will receive $1000.  Applications are due March 8.  Please see Ellen for more information.

Continuing Postings

  • 2015 Sherburne Womens Club Community Service Award. This is a $1000 scholarship for students who are permanent residents of Killington or Pittsfield.  Applicant will be selected according to volunteer work, community service, extracurricular activities and dedication to others.  Application deadline is April 15, 2015. For application and more information see Ellen.
  • The Heritage Family Credit Union offers four $1000.00 scholarships to students attending a college, trade school or university in 2015. For application information contact Ellen or visit the Heritage Family Credit Union website.
  • Several scholarships are available through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.  Several of these do not require that you are a member of the VFW.  For more information go to:
  • The St Andrew’s Society of Vermont offers four, $1000 scholarships for Vermont residents.  Applications and more information are available at:  http://www.standrewssocietyof  Applications are due February 18.
  • The Vermont Golf Association offers scholarships.  Criteria used for selection include financial need, school performance, the applicant’s affiliation to the game of golf; such as competing on a golf team, working at a golf course or participation in golf programs or events.  Deadline is May 1.  For more information go to
  • Hood awards a $5000 scholarship for college bound athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have spent time volunteering.  Deadline is March 6.  For more information go to

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

Blood Drive Coming Up: The next blood drive at TSA will be on April 10th, and Sadie and Colby are looking for new coordination talent! If you are a student younger than a senior, we’d love your help organizing this next blood drive so that we know blood drives will be in good hands next year. It’s a great way to fill your community service requirement and learn about the American Red Cross. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please talk to Sadie or Colby, or shoot them an email at or

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Community Events & News

Town Transportation Survey: The Towns of Sharon and Royalton have teamed up with local non-profit Vital Communities to better understand the long-term transportation needs in our towns.  Please take a moment to answer a short survey at .  With the survey information, we hope to help to improve transportation options and help residents save money and lower their environmental impacts.  By completing the survey, you will have the chance to win a $50 gift card to your choice of Welch’s Hardware, Worthy Burger, or the South Royalton Market.  This program is possible thanks to generous support from the High Meadows Fund.  Thank you!

Call for artists: After a successful first season, CSArtUV* is pleased to announce a call for artists to launch our second season. From performances to paintings, artists of all disciplines who are currently living and working in the Upper Valley Region of VT and NH will be considered. Selected artists will receive a stipend to produce a series or run of 25 pieces to be sold as “shares” to patrons, enthusiasts and collectors. Interested artists should email to receive the artist application. Application deadline is March 1, 2015.

*What is CSArtUV? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art Upper Valley (CSArtUV) is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. Learn more on our website:

Writing Workshops: Champlain College Young Writers’Conference is from May 29-31. Workshops are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. The conference includes three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 17 is fast approaching. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please download an application (or cover letter & brochure) from our website:

Photography at the South Royalton Market: Amber Wylie is showing some of her work at the South Royalton Market from now until the end of February.  Please drop by and take a look.

Chandler Summer Musical: Auditions for Chandler’s summer youth musical, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, are scheduled for Sunday, March 8 for teen lead roles and Sunday, March 15 for elementary and teen chorus roles. On- and off-stage opportunities are available to students ages 7 through 18. To register, please contact Betsy Cantlin at or download audition forms at Please register by March 4 as preparation for auditions is necessary.

Second Annual Nordic Cross event:  On Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond, VT,  join the fun at this the festive spring skiing event and test your skiing skills.  Or just come watch and cheer on the racers.  Enjoy a pancake feast with pure maple syrup made from the Cochran family sugarbush.  Music, prizes, and downright fun on skis for everyone!  Adults and kids race.  Fun for the whole family.  For more information and to register,


Summer Opportunities

Sophomores and Juniors, start planning your summer now!  Consider a summer term at a pre-college program.  Many universities offer classes to high school students.  Pre-College can allow you to earn undergraduate credit, experience college life, and make new friends.  Talk with Ellen for more information and check out: