The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 4, 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

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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



Fri 5 TSA MS Food and Hunger Newsletter Final drafts for the Food and Hunger Newsletter are due.
Sat 6 TSA HS Dance – See HS News below for details.
Mon 8 Junior Exhibition Final Papers Due – See HS News below for information about a new presentation date.
Wed 10 Mindfulness in Education:  Workshop presented by Flo – from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, see General News below for more information.
Thurs 18 Note Date Change:  Planning for College Night for 11th Grade Parents – 6:30pm – 8:00pm – 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)




Thank you to Janice Stumpf
who, from time to time, has graced us with her ‘Words of Wisdom’ at our HS All School Meetings.  This week’s advice to students: contact your grandparents, spend some time or just talk with them this week if possible.  Great advice Janice!

Congratulations to Presidential Scholar Candidates:
 Many congratulations to TSA Seniors Chris Gish, Lydia Roe, and Patrick Sharpe who are candidates for the US Presidential Scholars Program. These three are among the 73 students in Vermont and approximately 4,000 students nationwide who have earned candidacy based on their SAT or ACT scores. Well done!

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General News

A Note from Michael Livingston about snow days and school closings:

As I contemplated Wednesday’s school closing, I realized it’s been awhile since I’ve shared the decision making process with our school community. Closing school at TSA requires taking many factors into consideration. Please know that we will always err on the side of safety.

When we know that there is a prediction of questionable weather, we follow no less than three weather web sites. I also receive text alerts from the State of Vermont. However, we cannot always know or predict localized weather. Please remember that if at any time you feel it is too dangerous for you or your student to drive to TSA that we will respect your decision.

Transportation is a key issue in making our decision. Most other schools transport their students in buses, so their decision making process is a bit different than ours, particularly given that their students generally come from a single town and that their road crews will have made those bus routes safe. Our students come from a wide variety of towns (currently 21) and differing terrain. Many of our students drive themselves and other students in carpools. We do not want young, inexperienced drivers on the road in hazardous conditions.

We have a goal of making a decision on closings or delays before 6:00 am. While we try to contact families via our “robo” call in the mornings, there may be a time when that is not possible, perhaps because we lack the correct contact information. If the power has not been interrupted we change the phone messages at both schools so that you can check there for closing information after 6:00 am.

One final note: while it is a true that students often make cookies for me at the high school after we have a snow day, this in no way affects my decision making process!

I hope this information makes the process clearer. As always, we have you and your students’ safety in mind. Best regards, Michael


Save the Dates for Two Special Family-Friendly Events at The Sharon Academy in March! The Sharon Academy invites you to join us as we host two family-focused events in March: Our Free Family Arts Day (Sunday, March 6th) and our MS Circus (Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th).

Free Family Arts Day at The Sharon Academy, on Sunday, March 6th – perfect for all ages.  From noon – 4:00, TSA will host talented local artists leading free interactive workshops. All workshops are open to the public.  Delicious food will be available for purchase.

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.

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

More information about both events will be coming soon!


Send a Valentine and Drill A Well! Valentine’s day is coming soon and Amelia Travers ’16 and Lucia Gagliardone ’16 will be selling 75 Cent Valentines to donate to Fred’s Well.  They will be selling them for the last time on Monday, February 8th during PATH in the lobby. Valentines include your choice of student drawn cards and a carnation.  Each advisor will get an envelope, so the sender is completely anonymous.  They will deliver the cards and flowers on February 10th during advisory.  All proceeds go towards the well.  Buy a few and spread the word!  For more information on this effort contact Lucia at

You can also donate directly to the Generosity web site (which has a lot more information on the project) by clicking here:–2/x/12089093


Why offer Mindfulness in Education? A two-hour workshop presented by Florence Tolbert for educators, parents, students, members of the community.  Research shows that mindfulness is a technique that can help students succeed in school, and in life.  Join us on Wednesday, February 10 from 6:00-8:00pm, at The Sharon Academy High School to explore this topic.  This workshop is offered free of charge but donations are appreciated.  Goals of the workshop:

  • Talk about the importance of Mindfulness as a tool for children and adults.
  • Learn about what can be done in schools in general, and what is offered at TSA in particular.
  • Experience a Mindfulness lesson and some simple Mindfulness techniques.

Flo teaches French and Mindfulness here at the TSA High School. RSVP recommended, please contact Florence Tolbert at

For more information about the workshop:

For more information about Flo’s mindfulness training go to:


Health HUB Dental Care:  Many of our students have been seen by the Health HUB dental trailer in the past and Health HUB wants to be sure their care is continued. It may also be convenient for others to maintain their preventative dental hygiene care with their facility. They plan to arrive at SES early next week. Enrollment is open for TSA students. If students/families are interested in having their children seen, they can fill out the attached enrollment form and contact Jill Lloyd, the SES school nurse, or Samantha Petrone, RDH, BSDH, HealthHUB dental hygienist at: To enroll click here: Health HUB Dental Care

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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:

Time for a
White Out!  It’s time to show your team spirit by purchasing one of TSA’s low-cost White logo’ed t-shirts for just $10. See Blake to make your purchase.
Then wear your white TSA t-shirt to our home basketball games.

Remember the smell and taste of that wonderful homemade pizza at our home soccer games?
Well, now that same pizza dough, ‘Cynthia’s Famous’, is available for $3 for a 1 pound dough ball (makes 1 pizza).  They will be available at all home games but Cynthia or Blake could probably get you some during a school day. Enjoy your pizza today and support TSA Athletics!



Indoor Track:  Our own Chris Gish ’16 continued his dominance in distance races, winning both the 1,600 meters (4:26.29) and the 1,000 (2:40.88) at yesterday’s State Championship at Norwich University. His time in the 1,600 meters set a new division record! Congratulations, Chris!!!

Varsity Boys:

January 29: TSA Varsity Boys 61, Rivendell 51
Four players scored in double digits to lead the Phoenix (8-7) over the Raptors (4-11). Bruce Atwood ’16 and Jay Knoerlein ’16 each had 14 points for Sharon. Carter Blanchard ’16 added 11, and Harvey Kelley ’17 had 10.

February 2: Twinfield 51, TSA Varsity Boys 35


JV Boys:
February 2: Twinfield 83, TSA JV Boys 43

Varsity Girls:
January 28: Rivendell 53, TSA Varsity Girls 31
February 3: Twinfield 44, TSA Varsity Girls 27

JV Girls:
January 30: Northfield 28, TSA JV Girls 9


Please come out and support a Phoenix Team!

Strafford TSA Falcons (Middle School):
2/4/16 Thursday, Thetford, Away 5:00pm
2/8/16 Monday, SoRo, Away 5:00pm

TSA JV Boys:
2/4/16 Thursday, Blue Mountain, Home 5:30pm
2/10/16 Wednesday, Williamstown, Away 5:30pm

TSA Varsity Boys:
2/4/16 Thursday, Blue Mountain, Home 7:00pm** This is the TSA Senior Game**
2/8/16 Monday, Cabot, Away 5:30pm
2/10/16 Wednesday, Williamstown, Away 7:00pm

JV Girls:
2/10/16 Wednesday, Thetford, Home 5:30pm

Varsity Girls:
2/5/16 Friday, Twinfield, Home 7:00pm
2/9/16 Tuesday, Websterville, Home 5:30pm

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

TSA MS Homework/Due Dates:

Final drafts of Food & Hunger newsletter articles due on Friday, 2/5

Science test this Friday, 2/5
Starting a new unit next week, 2/8

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High School News

The 23rd True Colors conference – Intersectionality is happening March 18 and 19, 2016. A group of TSA students will leave Thursday after school on 3/17 and return Sunday midday. This conference is a learning opportunity for students of all stripes about the complex issues facing people who identify as a sexual minority, and their allies. Attend informative workshops, meet great people, and have a wonderful time sleeping on the floor of a church with your peers! Registration costs $65, but can be waived with a volunteer registration. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 12. For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at or visit

Choral group with Kevin Quigley
is back! TUESDAY afternoons (changed from Wednesdays) from 3:30 to 5pm.  Free of charge, all students interested encouraged to come. No experience necessary!

TSA High School Dance, February 6th: 8:00pm-10:30pm.
Event price: $5
This TSA Dance will be held in the pit at school, hosted by Robin Chadwell (’16) as part of her community service work. All profits will go to either The Haven or Planned Parenthood.  Each student will have the opportunity to anonymously make their donation to one of these organizations. It promises to be a fun night for all students at the High School, as they’ll be dancing to non-stop music from the DJ for the night, Blake Fabrikant. Guests under 21 years of age are allowed, but must be registered with Kate Senseneich by February 5th. For more information, please contact Robin Chadwell at

Spamalot Interim Sweatshirts are on sale for $25. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Janice Stumpf at

Junior Exhibition Presentation Day 
New date:  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”.  Important Note:  Junior Exhibition Final Papers are due Monday, February 8th.  Please contact Maria Piasecki with any questions or concerns regarding this change to the school calendar.  For more information, please contact Maria Piasecki at:

Sweet for your sweet – a perfect Valentine’s Day gift:  
TSA made maple syrup is still available for a donation of $20 a quart. The donation goes directly back into the sugaring operation to purchase equipment for the upcoming season. For more information, please contact Rob Stainton at or Cynthia Masterman at or just come by the school and we will get you a quart!


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


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 Rescheduled. 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


Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award:  Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award is running an award program for graduating high school seniors that have a disability or debilitating illness, either physically or mentally, is in need of financial assistance and is planning to attend college upon graduating from high school. One winner will receive a $1,000 award. To be considered, applicants must submit the following documents in a portfolio folder: a signed health information release, a completed application and essay, a copy of your transcript, one letter of recommendation, and a copy of your acceptance letter. Application deadline is March 8, 2016. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit .


FREE College Planning for Sophomore and Junior Families: Students and parents are invited to join VSAC for a free college planning event, for the latest expert advice in navigating the road ahead.  Workshops are held on weekends on college campuses throughout Vermont and include break out sessions on: the college essay, financial aid, tricks for the SAT and ACT, intercollegiate sports and a step by step overview of the application process.  This is also a great opportunity to visit a college campus and begin to gain a sense of what priorities students have for life after high school. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit:

Full Scholarship to MECA:
 The Maine College of Art, BFA Full Tuition Scholarship is awarded to one hard-working, talented and community-oriented high school student in March. The deadline for students to be considered is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The application process is simple. Interested students need to do the following to be considered: complete the BFA application (including all supplemental materials such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, portfolio, etc); submit a portfolio in a digital format (cd, slideroom, thumb drive, flickr, tumblr – all of these work); and submit an extra essay on the topic of community. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

VSAC Scholarships for Seniors:  The Early Bird deadline for VSAC scholarships has passed. However, you can still apply for VSAC scholarships up until March 4. Don’t forget to ask for your recommendations and transcripts now! For more information, consult the VSAC scholarship booklet that was handed out in PATH class OR visit the website below. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit


Two St. Andrews Society of VT Scholarship Foundation Scholarships Available:

1) Four $1000.00 scholarships available for Vermont Residents or for St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont members and their families, regardless of residency; who will enroll or who are already enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program. Recipients are selected by the scholarship committee on the basis of previous scholastic records, three letters of recommendation, a letter of educational goals and financial need and SAT scores. Application deadline is 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

2) Vermont residents or St Andrew’s Society of Vermont members and their families, regardless of residency who will enroll or who are enrolled in studying Scottish history, language, arts, literature, dance and/or music are eligible for a $1500.00 cultural grant. Selection is based on a statement of need written by the applicant, three letters of reference, a chronology of study and a photocopy of the institution brochure. All applications must be received by 5:00 pm on May 4, 2016.  For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

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Community Events

Next weekend, February 13th at 7:30pm, Not Your Mom’s Musical Theater performs “Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” at Chandler. The show takes a simple plot and creates five different musicals from the same story, each in the distinctive style of one of musical theatre’s most popular composers. This is a great opportunity for your students to experience a range of theatre for a single $5 ticket price. See flier for more information here:  Musical of Musicals: The Musical

Auditions for Anything Goes at Chandler Center for the Arts!
 Next summer’s youth musical at Chandler will be Anything Goes. Auditions are scheduled for Sunday March 6 for teen lead roles and Sunday March 13 for elementary and teen chorus roles. Performances will be held on the main stage at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on June 30 through July 3. On- and off-stage opportunities are available to students ages 7 through 18.  Students wishing to audition should contact Emily Crosby at by the end of February as preparation for auditions is necessary. Deadline for registration is March 2. Registration and audition fees will be charged and partial scholarship assistance is available. Contact: Emily Crosby, 802-431-0204,


Auditions for Chandler’s ninth annual Mini Mud Variety Show will be held Wednesday, February 17. This annual youth version of Chandler’s original Mud Season Variety Show will be presented in the main hall on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Prospective performers are invited to bring a vocal or instrumental musical offering, a dance, skit or magic trick, juggling, drama piece, or another special talent to share, and are encouraged to get together in groups or ensembles. Acts should be well-rehearsed and no more than three minutes in length. Students between the ages of 6 and 18 are encouraged to audition.  Contact Chandler Board President Janet Watton at or 728-9402 to sign up for an audition time.


Hand Made Valentine Block Printing Class, Saturday, February 6th, 10am-12pm. Express your true feelings for your loved one(s) through a unique piece of art. In this class we will use block printing to make Valentines suitable for framing or printing as cards. Basic design, carving and printing techniques, and also experiment with adding color and other embellishments after the blocks have been printed will all be taught. Each class costs $40 per person, and classes are taught at my studio in South Strafford, VT. All tools and materials are provided. To register call Tracy at (802) 765-4086 or email


Sharon Health Initiative Annual Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 11, 6 PM – 8 PM at Steele Chapel of Sharon Church. Free. Great food provided! Update on: Community Health Care Coordinator Board elections. Identifying: Neighborhood circles of support. Become informed for Town Meeting vote. For more information, contact Carol Langstaff at or 765-4454.


“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. On the subway, sailor Gabey spots a poster of “Miss Turnstiles,” Ivy Smith, and instantly becomes obsessed with meeting her. Elsewhere, Chip takes a ride with an outgoing cab driver named Hildy, and Ozzie meets anthropologist Claire de Loone at the Museum of Natural History. By the next morning, the guys and their gals have enjoyed a night of dance and romance in some of the city’s hottest nightclubs, an adventure none of them will ever forget. To purchase tickets, or for more information email: or visit


The Vermont State Science & Mathematics Fair is an inquiry based poster-presentation competition open to all middle and high school level students in the state of Vermont.  This state fair is an exciting opportunity for aspiring scientists (grades 5-12), and their teachers to showcase the results of their independent research. Each year 250 student projects, (selected from over 2000 projects statewide) which address all possible areas of science, technology, engineering and math, are judged by at least three judges, separately. The approximately 150 judges include scientists, secondary education faculty, dentists, physicians, nurses, military personnel and retirees, and other science related professionals from across Vermont. Students compete for more than $6,000 in cash and $14,000 in trip prizes donated by local organizations, and $900,000 in scholarships to Vermont colleges. The fair is also affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and five other national and international competitions, which awards additional prizes. For more information:, or contact Tricia Finkle, (802) 372-5181,


Dartmouth is offering a free clinic for National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday, February 7th. The clinic is for girls in grades K-8. For more information and to register go to:

Also, taking place during the clinic for parents… Libby Ludlow ’06, Olympic Skier and Co-founder of Zgirls will speak on “Fostering Confidence in Young Female Athletes” at 10:00 a.m. in Floren 105. More on Libby here:


Essay Contest – Biographies of Contemporary Women in Math.  Open to all Middle and High School students in the Upper Connecticut River Valley.  Essay Contest – Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics.  Prizes: The Dartmouth Mathematics Department will award iPads to the winners in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.  For more information go to

Health Career Exploration Program for High School Students, MedQuest:  
is a six-day summer, residential health careers exploration program for southern Vermont high school students in grades 10 -12. Students learn about a variety of healthcare careers through job shadows, presentations and workshops.  Students gain experience in dorm life and learn medical skills from professionals as well as UVM College of Medicine students who serve as staff. Admission is competitive and limited to 20 students.

Med Quest program dates are:
West:  June 26 – July 1 at southern Vermont College, Bennington
East:  August 7 – August 12 at Vermont Academy, Saxtons River.
For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

Yale Young Global Scholars Program
, a leadership training program for outstanding high school students, has expanded STEM offerings and will run six unique YYGS sessions this summer. One of the sessions will focus on Sustainability, Energy, & Environment (SEE), where students will have the opportunity to analyze and discuss how people have influenced the natural world, and what effects those interactions have had on modern-day society. During the SEE session, the Yale Office of Sustainability will present ways in which Yale, as an institution, has been at the forefront of innovation with regards to the impact that it has on the environment. Participants in the SEE program will have to opportunity to visit Yale’s interdisciplinary West Campus. At each of the facilities mentioned below, practicing scientists will discuss how each particular facility collaborates with researchers around campus to facilitate their work.  For more information:  YYGS article:

Link to downloadable flyers:





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 and run-ins..chicken house…fenced dog yard with dog door from the house. Now 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 30×36. 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…too much to mention…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. Mexican tiles. 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: Too much to mention! 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 Randall and Mary Lee Smyth (Greye Smyth ’09) at (802) 417-1049, or visit: