In this Issue:
Mark Your Calendar
|Mon||10||Final drafts of Junior Exhibition Research Papers due|
|Tues||11||Date Change: TSA Middle School Info Night for prospective students, Norwich Public Library, 4:30pm – 8:00pm. See General News below for more information|
|Thurs||13||TSA’s Second Annual Arts Celebration – Auction planning meeting, Thursday, February 13th at 3:30-4:30. All are invited to attend. For more information email Jenn Hayslett at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fri||14||For 8th grade families: Intent to Return forms due. See General News below for more information.|
|Fri||14||For 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade families: The Intent to Return fee will be charged to accounts families unless we hear otherwise. See General News below for more information.|
|Thurs||20||Poetry Out Loud, 7:00 at the HS|
|Fri||21||End of MS 2nd Trimester|
|Mon – Fri||24 – 28||February Vacation|
Congratulations to Shiloh Savage ’15 who was recently accepted to the Joffrey School of Ballet’s jazz and contemporary summer dance program with a merit-based 50% tuition scholarship! This intensive focuses on Jazz, Contemporary and Modern Dance forms culminating in a professionally produced theater performance.
TSA Alumni parent and Brookfield resident Ed Koren has just been chosen as Vermont’s Cartoonist Laureate (Yes – Vermont has a Cartoonist Laureate. We are the only state that does!). Ed’s cartoons can frequently be seen in New Yorker magazines, as well as in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time. Some of Ed’s cartoons even grace the walls of the TSA high school. To learn more about this award, please click here: http://vtdigger.org/2014/02/03/edward-koren-appointed-vermonts-second-cartoonist-laureate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=edward-koren-appointed-vermonts-second-cartoonist-laureate. Also, when you next see one of his cartoons, look closely. He often includes a reference to TSA in his images.
Congratulations to Paige Bissaillion ’17 who won the 3rd place award in the Student Leadership Training Program’s annual Student Leader of the Year Award. According to their website, “Each year, the Student Leadership Training Program seeks to recognize the accomplishments and difference-making of an extraordinary group of STUDENT leaders – – namely the graduates of SLTP. As a means of doing so, the Administrative Board of the SLTP created the Student Leader of the Year Award“.
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!
This Week at the Middle School
The Middle School began its Energy Unit this week, and in Social Studies, students began to learn what life was like before the Industrial Revolution. Teacher Andrew Lane demonstrates the process of spinning wool, while students learn to card the wool and examine the yarn that results from the spinning. Through this excercise, students are learning to appreciate the work that used to go into producing clothes, and can now understand why a person may have only owned 2 shirts at a time. Next week, students will learn about water power, then progress through steam and electricity.
- 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 email@example.com for more information.
- Families of 8th graders: please fill out the attached Intent to Return form (click here to access the form: http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/intent-to-return-2013.pdf ) and return it with your payment by February 14th.
- 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 14th. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the middle school or Louise Caldwell (email@example.com) at the high school.
TSA Middle School Information Night: If you know any families who have expressed interest in the TSA Middle School, or who have 5th of 6th grade students who might enjoy TSA, please encourage them to drop by the Norwich Public Library on February 11th, between 4:30pm and 8:00pm, to learn more about our innovative Middle School program.
Check out these two articles by William Imbo ’07 in BoxLife Magazine (a magazine for athletes): http://www.boxlifemagazine.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Middle School News
Energy Unit – The middle school has begun it’s final unit of the year. The focus of this unit is energy, the generation of electricity and the link between energy consumption and climate change.
Progress Reports – Progress reports are being sent home today, Friday, February 7th.
After School Homework Support: The middle school is excited to announce that we have received grant money to fund an after school homework support group. Our foreign language teacher, Nicki Abetti, who is already familiar with the students and school, will be running the program. The following is important logistical information regarding the after school homework support group.
- Beginning on Monday, February 3rd, homework support will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the middle school from 3:45-5:00. (3:15-3:45 is the transition time between the regular school day and homework work time.)
- All students who are at the school past 3:45 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 after school 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 email@example.com 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.
High School News
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. http://www.fedcoseeds.com/
Juniors: The final draft of your Junior Exhibition Research Paper is due Monday, February 10.
MedQuest: “MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Program is a rigorously structured, educational, week-long residential program that is held on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus that provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of careers in health care while gaining comfort in a college environment.”(Quoted from their website). Please note – if you are a first generation college bound student, this program is free! Please see KB for more details.
Family Potluck and Norwich Contra Dance:
- When: February 8, 2014 Potluck Dinner at 6:30 pm; Dance at 8:00 pm
- Where: Potluck at Norwich Congregational Church; Dance at Tracy Hall
David Millstone is an internationally recognized caller who creates a warm inviting environment for dancers of all abilities and ages, and every month he’s at Tracy Hall. Northern Spy is a local music treasure, playing the contra tunes with great energy and creativity. All dances are taught and beginners are welcome. Recently there have been fewer families attending, so we thought we’d offer this potluck as an encouragement to get a group of families to give this authentic piece of New England culture a try. This February dance always has a Hawaiian theme, you are encouraged to wear something from the tropics, to help warm all of us up in this cold stretch of the year. So save this time on your calendar, bring some food to share and then stay for the dance. The dance starts at 8:00pm. Bring some shoes with clean soles to wear once you are in Tracy Hall.
The Wild Fern happily presents: Rhapsody In Red ~ Valentine’s Dinner Theater: On February 14, from 7-9pm, Rhapsody in Red will feature a Chef’s Tasting Valentine Menu that will feature five courses of food, one course of music with Rick Redington & The Luv, and BYOB. Reservations are required and can be purchased and made beginning Wednesday January 22th and will end Monday February 10th. Please stop by, call, or email ~Wild Fern Route 100 N Stockbridge Vermont, 802-746-9119, email ~ firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please visit The Wild Fern facebook page of events or The Wild Fern Blog at http://wildfernstockbridgevermont.blogspot.com
Response to Climate Change: An Intergenerational Dialogue About the Future. You are invited to an event at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, focusing on Climate Change and organized and led by area youth. Some of the questions that will be explored include:
- What about climate change frightens you most?
- What are you most hopeful about in the future?
- How can different generations come together to solve climate change?
- Who do you blame for climate change? The government? Exxon Mobil? Yourself? Everyone?
- What is your favorite childhood memory of the outdoors?
- What do you think would be the most effective next step for Vermonters in fighting climate change?
Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:30 PM Gather (includes great food from Black Krim Tavern)
7:00 PM Program
For more information, contact BALE – Building A Local Economy – email@example.com; www.balevt.org; 802-498-8438
Powering a Bright Future: The Sharon Energy Committee is a sponsoring a Powering a Bright Future discussion group starting March 5 from 7- 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Dee Gish at firstname.lastname@example.org. The group will meet at Sharon Baxter Library and will have books to loan.
Community Service Opportunities
Variety Show in Sharon: Four student volunteers are needed for a Variety Show this Saturday, February 8 at the Sharon Elementary School. Call 802-522-6176 to volunteer.
Set Building: A local arts foundation needs help with stage design and building this spring. See Kimberly Barnhart for details
Opportunities for Students
Attention Movie Makers: Once again the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and the Department of Libraries are teaming up to create a video making contest for teens. Kids 13-18, individually or in teams, are invited to create a short Public Service Announcement promoting the 2014 summer theme, “Spark a Reaction,” and promoting reading and libraries. The winner of the Vermont challenge, when approved by CSLP, will receive $275 and his/her sponsoring library will be awarded prizes worth $125. All of the information and the necessary forms are here: http://libraries.vermont.gov/
Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference, May 23-25: Now in its fourteenth year, this program is 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. Three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, and literary jazz/blues fusion will take place on the campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The 2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, RENOWNED ESSAYIST AND NATURALIST, TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS, is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Her other books include: An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and When Women were Birds. She has worked as a “barefoot artist” in Rwanda, camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses, and was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. 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: http://www.champlain.
Programs by The Chelsea Funnery:
- Improv Theater Workshop on Saturday Feb 15th for students 13-18, at The Chelsea Town Hall in Chelsea, VT. No theater experience necessary to participate, just a willingness to try new things!
- “Intro to the Funnery!” for ages 10-12, July 7th-11th. Do you know someone who’s been chomping at the bit to do some theater but isn’t old enough for the Funnery yet? Here’s their big chance to get to know what the program is like. A one-week program introducing students to the foundations of physical theatre!
- The 2014 Funnery Program Ages 13-18 July 14th-26th. A two-week program focusing on the exploration and production of a full Shakespeare production. Students explore a variety of theater techniques including clowning, movement and dance, singing, stage combat and mask work. Spaces fill up fast! Please encourage your students to sign up quickly, scholarship is available!
Buick Scholarships up to $100,000: Seniors interested in studying engineering, technology, design or business with an interest in the automotive industry are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Visit buickachievers.com for program details and the online application. Deadline: February 28, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EST
Vermont Grocers Association Scholarships: VGA Scholarship application is available to all VGA Retail & Associate members who have student employees or employees with children attending college for the first time. VGA will award Fifteen Scholarships in 2014 totaling $22,500: 3 Scholarships based on merit at $1,500; 12 Scholarships based on financial need & merit at $1,500. To request an application, Call the VGA office: 800-842-8503 or 802-839-1928 or email: email@example.com. When requesting an application be certain to include the following: Student’s name, home address, email address, telephone number, and how the student qualifies to apply (Name of VGA member company and whether the student or parent is employed there). Application deadline: APRIL 28, 2014
Investigative Journalism Workshop: The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, is again offering a unique Investigative Journalism Workshop this summer. This is a three, two-week workshops will begin on June 30. Applicants who apply by January 31, 2014, will receive a $100 discount on tuition. See http://necir-bu.org/
Piano and Strings: Summer Music Workshop for string and piano students of all ages in Randolph, VT July 13 – Aug 2. Information at www.LyraSummerMusic.com. Registration deadline: April 15, 2014. Essay contest for a scholarship towards camp tuition is due March 21. Financial aid is also available.
MedQuest 2014 – Health Careers Explorations for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students from Bennington, Rutland, Windham & Windsor counties. June 22 – 27 in Bennington or July 27 – Aug 1 in Brattleboro. Application deadline March 7. To apply or for more information, see www.svahec.org