The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 18, 2016

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In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
General News
Phoenix Sports
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
College Info
Community Events

To make a submission to The Sharon Academy’s newsletter, please click here and complete the online submission form.


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



Thurs 18 Planning for College Night for 11th Grade Parents, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – see College Info section below
Fri 19 Intent to Return Forms For 8th Grade Families Due
Sat 20 February Break Begins – Return to School Wed, March 2nd (Note: Tues, March 1st is Town Meeting Day)
Sun 21 The Tunbridge School Board sponsored second Act 46 information session, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.


Tues 1 Town Meeting Day – no school
Wed 2 Return to School from Winter Break
Sun 6 4th Annual Free Family Arts Day at The Sharon Academy, from noon – 4:00 pm, For more information visit:
Sun 13 Daylight Savings Time Begins – clocks turned ahead 1 hour 
Mon 14 TSA Middle School Circus Interim Begins 
Fri 18 TSA Middle School 2nd Trimester Ends
Mon 21 TSA HS Junior Exhibition Presentation Date
Thurs 24 TSA Cafe Night at HS – 6:30 pm
Fri 25 No School – TSA HS Only – Teacher In-service
Fri 25 The TSA MS Circus is Coming! The Sharon Academy (TSA) Middle School Circus Carnival starts at 6:00 pm, Circus starts at 7:00 pm.
Sat 26 The TSA MS Circus is Coming!  The Sharon Academy (TSA) Middle School Circus Carnival starts at 4:00 pm, Circus starts at 5:00.
Mon 28 No School – TSA MS Only – Teacher In-service
Tues 29 Face-to-Face, Heart-to-Heart, with featured speaker: Author Jo Knowles, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.






Upcoming Events

Tonight:  Planning for College Night for Juniors and Junior’s Parents. Planning for College Night is traditionally for juniors and their parents. The date for the event has been changed to February 18 at 6:30 pm. Please mark your calendars and come prepared to learn about how parents, students and teachers work together to support post-secondary planning. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st –  The Tunbridge School Board is inviting all Tunbridge residents to a second information session concerning Act 46. The goal is to update the community on the current Act 46 discussion and follow up on the previous information session. All Tunbridge residents are encouraged to attend from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 21st.

In addition, the Tunbridge school board wants to hear from you if you are interested in participating on the Tunbridge Act 46 Advisory Committee. Please send us a note indicating your interest and the relevant experiences you will bring to the committee. We would like to select the committee and start work in March. To join this committee or for more information about the 2/21 meeting, email: Kathy Galluzzo at:


FRIDAY, MARCH 25TH & SATURDAY, MARCH 26TH – The Circus is Coming!  The Sharon Academy (TSA) Middle School Circus is back for another two performances filled with family-friendly, rollicking good fun! For the tenth consecutive year, TSA middle school students will be performing their hilarious, student-created circus that consistently draws huge crowds. Both performances will be held at The Sharon Academy High School on Route 14 in Sharon:

•       Friday, March 25th, Carnival starts at 6:00 pm, Circus starts at 7:00 pm.
•       Saturday, March 26th, Carnival starts at 4:00 pm, Circus starts at 5:00 pm.

$3 admission.  Light refreshments will be available for purchase.  Fun for the whole family.  

TUESDAY, MARCH 29th – Face-to-Face, Heart-to-Heart, “Read Between the Lines”  Driving Conversation and Connection with Youth Through Literature, Featured Speaker: Author Jo Knowles. 
On Tuesday, March 29th from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm, The Sharon Academy High School will be hosting a free event for parents, students, teachers and community members! For the first TSA FACE-TO-FACE, HEART-TO-HEART Speaker Night of the year, we have invited Jo Knowles, acclaimed author of six novels, including Living With Jackie Chan, See You At Harry’s, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons from a Dead Girl.  During this event, Jo will be discussing her newest book, Read Between the Lines as well as the power that literature has in giving a voice to adolescents and the struggles they face. We will follow her talk with a panel discussion that will include students, parents and TSA staff. Please bring your parents, children, and neighbors for a night of stimulating and important conversations.  Location: TSA High School, Moore Hall For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at:





Congratulations to Our TSA HS Students Chosen to Exhibit at the Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition – AVA Gallery and Art Center, located in Lebanon, NH, is presenting an exhibition of works created by Upper Valley high school students who have been nominated for participation by their art teachers. TSA students nominated and showing individual work in this year’s AVA Gallery include:  Maie Kimball ’16,  Izzy Byrne ’16, Will Pfeil ’17, Hailey Swett ’19, Annabel Lapp ’19, Kaila Skeet-Browning ’18, Luna Skeet-Browning ’16, Sophie Roe ’18, Eva Sturm-Gross ’18. Two works of art created by all students in Quarter 1 Sculpture Elective will also be exhibited. These students include:  Alex Binzen ’17, Tray Fisk ’17, Sami Husain ’19, Hunter Lahaye ’19, Will Pfeil ’17, Austin Potter ’18, Cole Ward ’18, Emily Weatherill ’17 and Emma Labadie ’18. The Opening Reception and Award Ceremony is Friday, February 19, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm The Exhibition Dates are February 19-March 11.

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General News

For those enrolled in the TSA Ski Program, an offer from Suicide 6 for skiing over the February break:  Students currently enrolled in the Wednesday ski program at Suicide Six and their parents, can ski at Suicide 6 on Wednesday, February 24th, during the February break for just $20 each.  There will be a list of those students enrolled at the ticket window at Suicide 6.  Contack Andrew Lane for more information at:

Free Family Arts Day materials request:
 Looking for recycling such as paper towel/toilet paper rolls and cereal boxes for sculpture making during the Free Family Arts Day on March 6th. Please drop off in Art room on or before March 3rd.  For more information contact Laura Decapua at

Stress Inhibits Learning: Michael Livingston recently wrote an article on the effect that stress has on learning.  To read the article, please click here:

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Phoenix Sports

Don’t forget to get your TSA Sports Booster Club Local Business Savings Card!
Get your card from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at:


Varsity Girls:
February 11: Williamstown 66, TSA Varsity Girls 34
February 13: TSA Varsity Girls 47, Websterville 39
Coach Brian Allard said, “We cranked up the defense in the second half, really shut them down, and that was the difference in the game. We played a great second half.” Mallory Lloyd led TSA with 17 points, Amber Aldrich matched her season high with eight points and Grace Dorman contributed eight points as well.
February 17: TSA Varsity Girls 37, South Royalton 36
Congratulations on the win and to seniors Katherine Elderd ’16 and Jordan Stevens (manager) ’16 on their last home game of their careers at TSA.
Varsity Boys:
February 13: TSA Varsity Boys 76, Websterville 39
The Phoenix grabbed an emphatic victory in their regular-season finale. Carter Blanchard ’16 hit for a game-high 20 points for Sharon, with Jay Knoerlein ’16 providing 13 and Sam Knoerlein ’18 netting 12. Harvey Kelley ’17 also had 10 points, and Cole Ward ’18 got a career-best eight points for TSA, which took control early with a 22-7 first quarter. Congrats on completing the regular season with a win! Good luck in the playoffs!
Track: Two TSA athletes advanced to New England’s with victories. Chris Gish ’16 swept the boys 1,600 (4:32.50) and 3,200 (9:55.75) and teammate Thatcher Morrison ’17 qualified in the boys 1,000 as well. Great job! Keep up the good work!



There are not many games left in the winter sports season, so, please come out and support a Phoenix Team while you can!

Varsity Boys Playoff Game:
Varsity Boys have their first playoff game tonight, Thursday, February 18, in Twinfield at 7:00 pm. They are playing against Cabot. Please come out and support your Phoenix in this important game!
Varsity Girls:
Varsity Girls have their last game of the season on Friday, February 19, at Blue Mountain. Please come and support them!


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

Important Reminder for 8th Grade Parents: Intent to return forms are due tomorrow, Friday.  
For more information contact Amber Wylie at

The circus is coming!!!
The middle school will begin its circus interim on Monday, March 14th. Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures will arrive early that Monday morning to unpack a large truck filled with circus props and equipment. For two weeks, Troy will mentor students through the creation of an hour long show. Academics will continue on a part time basis until March 18th. From March 21st onward, the remaining school days are devoted to circus preparation. Please watch the newsletter closely to learn how you can help and to keep abreast of important scheduling information. Please also note that the circus performances take place in the high school gym on the evening of Friday, March 25th and the afternoon of Saturday, March 26th. Let us know ASAP if your student cannot be present on either of these circus dates as each student plays an important role in the circus performance. Middle school students do not have school on Monday, March 28th following the circus.

Reminder to MS Students:  Bring in a box to store your circus costumes!


Studying the Industrial Revolution: During our study of energy and the environment, students spend time in social studies class examining the Industrial Revolution and what it means to achieve “progress”.  As part of this study, it is important for students to get a feel for what certain tasks were like before industrialization.  To that end, Mr. Lane brings in his collection of tools for fiber processing so students can examine the world of pre-industrial textile production.  Students will have a chance to card wool by hand, watch Mr. Lane spin wool into yarn, and then have a discussion what it would be like to make all of one’s clothes using these methods.  This connects to the conversation we had earlier in the week about water power and creating local mills in Sharon on the Fay Brook (such as carding mills) made the lives of Vermonters easier. To see photos, please visit our Facebook Page:
The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) visited the middle school on Monday and led an activity that attempted to model one factor in global climate change. To do this, students tested and compared bottle models of two “Earths” — one without CO2 and one with added CO2. Data was collected and the evidence was used to formulate a claim about the relationship between greenhouse gases and temperature. Students were then given the chance to choose another factor involved in climate change to test using their “Bottle Earths” (like reflective material lining their bottle to represent ice reflecting the sun’s energy).

Homework over break:

•       Outside Reading Requirement is due Friday, March 11th.
•       Teachers will contact parents if a student is behind on work and needs to catch up on other assignments.
Dust off your clown noses! Catherine will be looking for circus volunteers after February break.

Summer Opportunity for Middle School Girls:
Middle school girls, check out the summer camp opporunities available through Vermont Works for Women. Dirt Divas is a Mountain bike & empowerment program for middle school girls!

Dirt Divas is a one-week summer day camp that helps girls cultivate confidence, courage and leadership through outdoor adventure. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades practice mountain bike skills and bicycle mechanics, as well as games, swimming and self-defense. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered atmosphere that emphasizes leadership, team-building and healthy body image – with lots of fun woven in! A place where girls are encouraged to build strong bodies and minds in the beautiful Vermont outdoors.

Rosies Girls:  Trades & STEM exploration program for middle school girls! Rosie’s Girls™ is a one-week summer day camp that helps girls develop grit, connection and expanded possibilities as they explore hands-on STEM- and trades-related activities. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades practice the skills of carpenters and engineers as they invent, design and build cooperative projects. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered environment and emphasizes friendship, teamwork and healthy body image – with tons of fun woven in! A place where girls can get their hands dirty, take positive risks and try something new.

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

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High School News

A Note to Parents from TSA HS Biology Teacher, Lisanne Velez:
Dear Parents, Students & TSA Community,
As I already announced to our students, I am expecting a child at the end of March and will be on maternity leave starting in mid-March. I wanted to let you all know that I will be leaving my classes in Jim Nourse’s very good hands. Jim is an experienced educator, administrator, and former TSA board member. He has also taught at TSA before (last year, in fact, subbing for another faculty member who was on maternity leave). He has had many years of experience teaching biology & history. We are going to be working together with all of my classes for a few weeks before I leave, and I will be giving him my biology curriculum to use when he takes over my classes. We are excited to have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Jim to take over for me when I leave; please welcome him back to our community when you see him. Thank you!
All the best, Lisanne Velez, TSA HS Biology Teacher


Wanted….guitars, fiddles, ukeles! The TSA HS would enjoy some nice, playable, acoustic instruments for “random acts of strumming”.  If anyone has an extra old guitar laying around, or a fiddle, a banjo, a ‘uke’, or the like, we would love to hang them on the HS wall here for all of us to play.  We can do small repairs or change the strings. For more information, please contact Randy Leavitt at

Junior Exhibition Presentation D
ate:  Monday, March 21. We have changed the date of this all-school event to take place on Monday, March 21st, so that students are not presenting the day after we “Spring Forward”.  Please contact Maria Piasecki with any questions or concerns regarding this change to the school calendar.  For more information, please contact Maria Piasecki at:

Governors Institute Applications Available:
  The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont provides prestigious fun, accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for Vermont teenagers. State-of-the-art labs to studios; they’re all hands-on, intense bursts of learning and fun, where you and your new friends who share your interests explore topics in-depth with leading professionals in the field. They’re a chance to try something new, make lasting memories with new friends, and learn more than you can imagine!  Students are encouraged to visit the GIV website to learn more about this years summer institutes in engineering, arts, entrepreneurship, environmental science and technology, information technology, mathematical sciences, and current issues and youth activism. Students can also learn more by joining Christa and Ellen at TSA HS for a presentation on February 18 during Y block. The TSA deadline to apply to GIV is March 4. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

GIV for Engineers
: The technologies of tomorrow start at this Institute, offered in partnership with the University of Vermont, where approximately 100 high school students from Vermont, the US, and around the world explore engineering solutions to societal problems. At UVM/GIV’s Engineering Institute, you’ll get up close and personal with cutting-edge sustainable engineering challenges, working with peers and professional experts to design and build solutions that work. You’ll explore basic and advanced engineering concepts, delve deep into sustainable engineering applications and techniques, and work hands-on on projects spanning energy, structural, electrical, mechanical, design and manufacturing engineering. Choosing from a guided focus area, you’ll design a working prototype to address a real-world engineering challenge. Explore how engineering and society interact. Focus areas may include choices such as:

  • Renewable/Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Robotics Systems
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

In addition, you’ll tour some of the area’s most advanced manufacturing facilities to see engineering in action, and map career pathways in aerospace, biomedical, civil, mechanical, electrical engineering plus statistics, mathematics, and computer applications.
For more information visit the GIV website or talk with Christa or Ellen (see above).


GIV for Math Lovers: If you’re a 9th-11th grader who’s completed Algebra II or beyond, received good grades in math or science, and think math is cool, then you should apply for the mathematical sciences institute with Governors Institues of Vermont. Surround yourself with math-lovers like you at this week-long festival of mathematics! Theoretical and real-world applications of math will have you dazzled as you enjoy advanced lectures by renowned mathematicians and scientists.

In this Institute, you’ll: Take on advanced math challenges, including mind puzzles that keep mathematicians awake at night! Learn about real-world applications of math. Interact with professional mathematicians from the academic and business worlds. Meet other teenagers from Vermont who share your interests. Learn about the academic and career pathways open to people who enjoy mathematics. In addition to math, there are field trips, games to play, and a cookout at North Beach in Burlington. Don’t miss this opportunity.  Apply before March 4!

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato or visit

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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:

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

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Scholarships and College Info

For previously posted scholarship information, check out the TSA web site at: Scholarships


Planning for College Night – Tonight. Planning for College Night is traditionally for juniors and their parents. The date for the event has been changed to February 18 at 6:30 pm.  Please mark your calendars and come prepared to learn about how parents, students and teachers work together to support post-secondary planning. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at


VSAC Scholarship Deadline: March 4! Seniors don’t forget that the deadline for submitting all forms for the VSAC scholarships is March 4! Free money for college awaits! For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

Vermont College Fair, April 5th.
Guidance counselors from across the state have organized a series of college fairs for high school students and their families to attend. Attendees will be able to meet with college and university representatives to ask questions and gather other valuable information. Norwich University is proud to host this year’s Central Vermont Fair held on: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30a.m in Kreitzberg Arena. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at

TRORC 2016 Scholarship:
Students who have demonstrated leadership and stewardship to the land should consider applying for the TRORC scholarship.  As many as five,  $1000 scholarships will be awarded to local students who meet the criteria and submit all materials before May 20 , 2016. For more information, see this attachment:  TRORC Flyer.  Or please contact Ellen Bagnato at

Canadian College Fair in Hanover, April 5; 6:30 – 8:30.
Hanover High will be hosting a college fair on on April 5 from 6:30-8:30. All of the colleges in attendance will be Canadian colleges. The event is free. This is a great opportunity to learn more about attending college. Keep in mind that most Canadian colleges are more affordable then colleges in the United States. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at

Free College and Career Planning Workshop:
Now in its 15th year, College Pathways offers free workshops to help guide juniors and sophomores and their parents — wherever they are in the college planning process. Whether students are just beginning to explore their path after high school or highly motivated to figure out their college options, they’ll find info they need on

  • applying to college, the step-by-step process
  • tips for applying to highly selective institutions
  • writing an essay that stands out
  • strategies for the SAT & ACT tests
  • the college search: factors to consider & tools to use
  • college costs & financial aid
  • playing intercollegiate sports
  • … and more!

New this year:  What I wish I had known: student panelists give perspectives on what worked (and what didn’t!), plus the challenges, successes, and surprises of their first year.

Students and parents can choose from three dates and locations:
Saturday, March 19, St. Michael’s College (9:30 am – 2:45 pm)
Saturday, April 2, Castleton University (9:30 am – 2:00 pm)
Monday evening, April 4, Lyndon State College (with the NEK College Fair)

Workshop details and registration at:

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship:
 In 2016 Heritage Family Credit Union (HFCU) is offering a total of four (4) scholarships of $1,000 each. These scholarships are open to all seniors attending a high school in HFCU’s field of membership who intend to pursue further education in an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school or university regardless of the degree they are pursuing. Seniors at TSA qualify for these scholarships. Deadline to apply is 5:00pm on Friday, April 29, 2016. Application materials can be accessed online at:

Sharon Masonic Lodge Scholarship:
The Sharon Masonic Lodge #105 is proud to announce a scholarship of $500. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2016 and the application process is fairly simple. All Sharon residents planning to attend college in the fall of 2016 are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is payable at the end of the recipient’s first semester in college. Please see Ellen for an application.

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Community Events

COMMUNITY PROM IS COMING! Saturday March 12 from 7:00 pm -10: pm  at Damon Hall in Hartland, VT. $10 per person, $25 max per family. Come dance away the winter blues to tunes by the awesome Jaxon Morgan. We hope to see everyone there!  Feel free to dress up, dress down, whatever makes you feel good. And bring your friends! Sponsored by the First Universalist Society of Hartland.

Summer Camp for 9th and 10th grade girls! June 20 – 24 or July 11-15.
9th and 10th grade girls check out Rosie’s Girls STEM and Trades residential leadership camp in Randolph. The camps create positive, safe, supportive, girl-centered environments, with teamwork, healthy body image and tons of fun woven in! A place where girls can enhance their leadership skills as well as get their hands dirty, express themselves creatively, explore what the world has to offer them, what they have to offer the world and take positive risks! It’s a great place for girls entering 9th or 10th grades (in the fall 2016) to try something new. Scholarships available!  For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

“On the Town” at the Lebanon Opera House, Feb 26, 27, 28.
Tickets to the NCCT Teen Show “On the Town” are now available! “On the Town” features TSA’s Patrick Sharpe ’16 and Cal Hale ’18.  North Country Community Theatre (NCCT) teens present the music of Leonard Bernstein in this musical about a trio of sailors who arrive in New York City in 1944 for 24 hours of shore leave, eager to see the sights and to meet pretty girls. To purchase tickets, or for more information email: or visit

Summer Program in Actuarial Science: 
Lebanon Valley College is offering a week-long program for rising seniors in Actuarial Science. The experience features interaction with working actuaries and an introduction to relevant software and content. During the week, students live on campus in a dormitory with Resident Assistants who are current LVC students. They eat their meals at Mund Student Center and have access to college facilities, including the gym and pool. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference, May 27-29.
Now in their sixteenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writing brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. They offer 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 2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AWARD-WINNING POET AND ESSAYIST ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT. The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 22 is fast approaching. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please download an application (or brochure) from our website:




Sunny environmentally-friendly house for sale on Moore Road in Sharon. 2-3 bedrooms (spacious loft serves as bedroom and/or studio or sitting room), two baths, country kitchen. Wood floors throughout. Wood and propane heat, (Jotul and Vermont Castings stoves.) ECFiber keeps you connected to the world. Two car garage w ample storage above. One acre of gardens (perennial and vegetable), meadow and woods (spring ephemeral wildflowers, Indian pipes) sitting above Elmers Brook — splash in the plunge pool, listen to the stream and the owls at night. Kind, friendly neighbors, cohesive community, easily accessible to TSA and Upper Valley (less than five minutes from I-89 exit 2.) $249,000. Please contact Realtor, Linda MacNamara at 603-643-4900

Price Reduction: One of a kind Homestead/Farm
, 37 private acres, HUGE 3 story barn, outbuildings, trails right from the house, pond, fenced pastures, chicken house, fenced dog yard with dog door from the house. A goat Farm with a heated milk room but barn could be used as a horse farm, sheep farm, brewery, (plenty of water), commercial kitchen, yoga studio, art studio. Use your imagination. It is 30′ x 36′. 3 bedrooms, loft, 1 1/2 baths, full basement, AGA English Cooker, fireplace, new bamboo wood floors, photos were taken prior to new floors) built-ins with Mexican tiles, gardens galore, pergola with grape arbor. Buderus Furnace. Wood shingled and standing seam roof. Acres of wild leeks. No visible neighbors. Properties like this do not come on the market very often; you have to see it to believe it. We have put our heart and soul into this property. Husband is a master woodworker. If you are looking for a “normal” house, this is not it! Very hard place to leave. Please email for additional photos: New Price $359,000

Beech Hill Farm is for sale.
$650,000. 109.7 acres 3600 sf renovated and updated home, 3 bedrooms, studio/office space, 3 stall stable, equipment shed, dressage area. 4 miles to Sharon Academy. For more information, call TSA Alumin parents Randall and Mary Lee Smyth (Greye Smyth ’09) at (802) 417-1049, or visit: