The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 20, 2014

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 20, 2014

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
General News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Events
Summer Opportunities

Wishing you all

a safe and enjoyable February Vacation!


Mark Your Calendar

February 2014

Thurs 20 Poetry Out Loud, 7:00 at the HS
Fri 21 End of MS 2nd Trimester
Mon – Fri 24 – 28 February Vacation

March 2014

Mon 3 Feb Vacation
Tues 4 No School – Town Meeting Day
Weds 5 School Resumes
Sun 9 Daylight Savings – “Spring Forward”
Thurs 13 9th and 10th grade: College Planning Overview, 6:30pm
Mon – Sat 17 – 29 MS Circus Interim
Weds 26 HS 3rd MP Ends
Thurs 27 Cafe Night, 6:30pm
Fri 28 No School HS Only – Inservice
Fri – Sat 28 – 29 Circus Performances
Mon 31 No School, MS Only



Thank you to 8th graders Cal Hale, Emma Labadie, and Zoe McFadden who represented TSA at the recent Middle School Information Session at the Norwich Public Library.

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and staff who contributed dry, cut wood to help a former teacher have enough wood to make it through this winter.  The gift was much appreciated.
Model UNCongratulations to Model UN participants: Bruce Atwood ’16, Clara Henderson ’16, Hannah McFadden ’14, Chris Gish ’16, Margaret Gish ’14, Paul Roberts ’14, Lydia Roe, and Brandon Tracy ’15.  And a special shout out to Aoife Fullerton ’16 who was unable to attend.


Reminder to Students: Remember to enter your accomplishments and activities on Naviance to keep track of them
for that time when you are applying to college or special programs!

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General News

TONIGHT – Poetry Out Loud:  The following students will be officially entering the state Poetry Out Loud celebration in a public recitation of two poems. And you are invited to be the audience.  The event is scheduled for Moore Hall on Thursday evening, February 20, beginning at 7pm.  Audience members are invited/encouraged to bring light snacks to share in between the two rounds of recitation.  Our esteemed judges this year are Bob and Kathy Eddy. Kathy is a composer, a retired pastor, and the editor of several collections of poetry/meditations. Bob has written lyrics to several musicals, and is a regular contributor to the Herald of Randolph, both as photographer and as a writer.  Participants (subject to change!) and their poems are:

  • Marilyn Groppe
    • Domestic Situation
    • Cartoon Physics
  • Robin Chadwell
    • Alone
    • Invictus
  • Clara Henderson
    • The Last Laugh
    • Life
  • Bekah Lamb
    • On Monsieur’s Departure
    • Pastoral Dialogue
    • Vigil Strange
  •  Bruce Atwood
    • The Road Not Taken
    • Ozymandias
  • Chris Gish
    • To the Western World
    • The Doubt of Future Foes
  • Emily Weatherill
    • An Apology for Her Poetry
    • Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg
  • Otis Hudnut
    • Ozymandias
    • The Road Not Taken
  • Margaret Gish
    • That Country
    • I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
  • Patrick Sharpe
    • The Charge of the Light Brigade
    • God’s Grandeur
  • Ben Lazar
    • Jabberwocky
    • Ozymandias
Suicide Six Ski Program Update:  Please remember that we will have a make up ski session on Wednesday, March 5th – the Wednesday we get back from break.

Pax Prize:  Answer the question and win a prize.

Which hot stuff/sauce makes Justice’s eyes water?
Tabasco Habanero Sauce, Texas Pete Hotter Hot Sauce, Frank’s Red Hot Original Sauce, Nando’s Extra Hot Peri Peri Sauce, Roland Oriental Style Chili Hot sauce, straight cayenne pepper, fresh Jalepeno peppers
Leave your answer with your name and email in the basket on Cynthia’s Desk up until March 4. The answer and winner will be in announced in the next newsletter.
SAVE THE DATES: TSA’s Second Annual Arts Celebration.
  • Friday Night Gala – April 24th – live and silent auction, delicious food, and dancing!
  • Saturday Family Arts Day – April 25th – Free interactive arts workshops, music, and food!

Ride Needed: A student needs a ride home from the middle school every afternoon after school. This student lives within 3 miles of the school on Howe Hill Road. Please contact Pam Ward 802-881-1960 or 802-767-2531 or for more information.

Face to Face, Heart to Heart Speaker Night and Panel Discussion at TSA:

Adolescent Risk Taking Behavior in Vermont:  A Look at Trends and Behaviors at TSA and Across the State
Featured Speaker: Shayla Livingston, VT Youth Risk Behavior Survey Coordinator and Public Heath Analyst

On Tuesday, March 11th from 6:30-8:30pm, The Sharon Academy will be hosting a free event for parents, students and teachers. For the first Face to Face, Heart to Heart Speaker Night of the year, we have invited Shayla Livingston, the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey Coordinator and Public Health Analyst, who will be speaking about adolescent risk taking trends and behaviors in Vermont. We will be following her talk with a panel discussion which will include students, a parent, a local nurse and a teacher. The panel discussion will focus on general trends and behaviors and will be based around an analysis of Vermont’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in which TSA participated. Please bring your parents and students for a night of interesting and informative conversation! Please email any questions to Kate Sensenich at

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Alumni News:

Jordan LaPlaca ’06:  Check out the February issue of the equestrian magazine Sidelines.  Jordan is featured in an article called: Passion Meets Partnership.  To learn more about Jordan and what he is up to, visit:



Phoenix News:

The Sharon Academy is looking for a Middle School Track and Field Coach. Experience with the sport is preferred, but not required. Practices will run three days a week from 3:30-5:00 and meets will primarily be on Saturdays. Please contact Blake Fabrikant, TSA Athletic Director, at if interested.


Middle School News

Social Studies Assignment: Students have been assigned an invention advertisement poster that is due the day we get back from vacation.  They have had time to work on it this week, but if they didn’t finish it (or didn’t get started) they should complete this over the break.  Students have a criteria sheet, which explains the project directions in detail.  Please click on the following link to download a PDF of the criteria sheet:

Outside Reading: Outside reading should be completed over the break if students have not yet read the required number of pages.

After School Homework Support: The middle school after school homework support group has now been running for two weeks.  So far we have served about 15 students and look forward to ongoing student participation. Please contact Nicki Abetti at if you have any suggestions, concerns or questions regarding this program or if we can help your family take advantage of this support.  Below is logistical information regarding the program.

  • Homework support is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the middle school from 3:30-5:00.   (3:15-3:30 is the transition time between the regular school day and homework work time.)
  • All students who are at the school past 3:30 will be required to join the study group until the student is picked up.
  • The homework support group is a wonderful opportunity for those students who struggle with homework completion. We strongly encourage families of students who need extra help to make a plan for their students to stay after school for homework support.
  • Even if your student does not have homework on a given night, many students will still benefit from this structured after school time.  In addition to homework support Nicki will assist students with organization, and encourage students to think ahead to homework assignments that are due later in the week.   Outside reading can also be accomplished during this time.
  • A light snack will be available to all students who attend the afterschool homework support group.
  • Once a student leaves the TSA Middle School for the day they may not return to the school campus to wait for a ride or join the support group.
  • Nicki’s email address is and her cell phone is 802-279-2826 .  Please feel free to contact Nicki if you have any questions.


Please be aware that over time we may need to make adjustments to this program. We will keep families informed of any changes.

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High School News

Famished Phoenix Lunches

  • Friday February 21
    • Choice of Pizzas and Salad

TSA Community Service Club in the Works: There will be a TSA Community Service club starting up this spring that is looking for a diverse group of students and staff members seeking meaningful community service activities. These activities will be decided by students in the club but some potential ideas include: Item drives for food, toys, etc., fundraising for charities or larger projects for the club to participate in, planning fun community events. The club hopes to inspire and feed a passion for community service and will be completely student run and offers many leadership roles. There will be a meeting March 20th during Y block in the pit for students who are interested and more information will be provided after break. If you are interested email Jill Gramling ( or Kate Sensenich ( as soon as possible.

10th and 11th Parents: consider attending College Pathways ’14. This year’s events will be held at three Vermont State College campus locations in March and April, plus at select VIT sites. NEW for 2014: College Pathways at Lyndon State College will be paired with the NEK College Fair on Monday, April 7. See
Summer Driver’s Ed:  Is open to TSA students only until April 11th, the Friday before April vacation.  After that date, the enrollment will be opened to non-TSA students.  As the class is filled on a first come, first served basis, it is advisable to enroll early.  The class runs from June 16th – July 9th, 2014.  For more information, and to print the registration form, go to   To register, print the form, check the “TSA Summer” box on page 2, and bring to Janice with a deposit check for $100, made out to TSA.

Fundraising : Spike’s advisory is selling organic seeds to the TSA community through FEDCO. The advisory will be choosing a worthy charity to which they will donate the money they raise. Please click here for the order form, and a description of the seeds available.  To place an order, please return your order forms and payment to Spike Carter’s mailbox in the main office by the 21st (feel free to send it in with your student).


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Community Events

Artistree events: Artistree in Woodstock has many exciting events and programs this winter.  Check out for more information.

Ava Gallery’s 6th Annual Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition: The exhibition starts on Friday, February 21 and runs through March 14th.  The Opening Reception and Award Ceremony will be held on  Friday, February 28, from 5pm to 7pm. TSA students  Cotey Anderegg ’14, Wyatt Blanchard ’14, Mollie Faccio ’14, Isabelle Hotelling-O’Connor ’14, Daisy Hutt ’17Maie Kimball ’16, Esther Lent ’16, Grace Pfeil  ’15, Luna Skeet-Browning ’16,  and Teagan White ’14, were all been nominated to show work at this exhibition.

Vermont Residents: Special $150 Room Rate at the Trapp Family Lodge! Quoted from the Trapp Family Lodge – “Vermonters know that living in the Green Mountain State means not going far for an adventure. We have the very best of the outdoors, dining and entertainment and it is right here in our own backyard! So instead of spending half the upcoming vacation week on the road, why not opt for a staycation? We have a little something for everyone—skiers will love the snow conditions after 16 inches of powder from last week’s storm—kick and glide on cross-country skis, strap on some snowshoes, or head to the backcountry. Enjoy our relaxing amenities: massage, yoga, time in the indoor pool or outdoor hot tub. Foodies can indulge in any of our three restaurants, or sip a freshly-brewed Trapp Lager from our on-site brewery. Take advantage of our special for Vermont residents! Book now and receive a rate of $150 per night for your stay from February 23 – 28, 2014. Call  today for reservations as space is limited: 1-866-976-6694. We look forward to welcoming you!”

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Seniors and parents: Get help on filing FAFSA (free application for Federal student aid) at
The Women’s Club of Sherburne introduced a Community Service Award in the amount of $1,000, which will be continued for the spring of 2014. The purpose of this Community Service Award is to recognize a Killington/Pittsfield-resident high school senior, who demonstrates impressive service and volunteer work during his or her time in high school. The primary selection criterion for the award will be community service. The application is available outside KB’s office on the bulletin board.

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Summer Opportunities

Foresight Leadership & Sustainability Initiative at Oberlin College (FLSI@Oberlin) July 20-August 2, 2014 A Unique Summer Institute for motivated high school students ready to create change.. Learn more and apply at

Engineering Summer Workshop at Dartmouth for high school students entering grades 11 and 12 who are interested in exploring engineering and learning more about engineering at Thayer. It will include basic engineering calculations, computer-aided design software, design and problem-solving strategies, and tools in the machine shop (such as laser cutters and 3D printers). Engineering concepts will be introduced through hands-on activities.Scholarships are available.

Marist Summer Pre-College Programs in NYC or Italy: Earn college credits while in high school. Programs in a variety of subject areas.

College of the Atlantic Summer Field Institute. Earn college credit studying marine ecology, wilderness exploration or food production. See for more information.

Governor’s Institute: Applications are open now at Financial aid available. Girls get $500 off tuition for the Science, Math, Engineering or IT institutes.

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