The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 14, 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



Thurs 14 Tonight:  TSA Information Session – Paying for College Night – 6:30pm for Juniors and Seniors and their parents (See Scholarships and College Info Section below for more information.)
Fri 15 TSA Middle School Dance – 6:30 pm (See Middle School Section for more information)
Mon 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
Tues 19 Chain Reaction Day – See Chain Reaction Day section below for much more information. (Note: MS Students at the HS)
Wed 20 School dismissed at 12:30 for all – Ski and Snowboard Program at Suicide Six
Fri 22 HS Second Marking Period Ends
Sat 23 Mindfulness in Education:  Workshop presented by Flo: from 10:00-12:00pm – see General News Below for more information.
Wed 27 School dismissed at 12:30 for all – Ski and Snowboard Program at Suicide Six




Welcome to Katie Vedova.
  We are very pleased to introduce Katie Vedova, TSA’s new Academic Services Coordinator.  Katie has a Masters in Special Education from Boston University which she has used in higher education, (Northeastern University and Harvard), but the majority of her time time has been spent teaching middle school grades, most recently in Newport, NH.  Katie joins us from New London, NH where she lives with her husband, Pete, and two children, Jake, 10, and Jersey, 7.  Katie enjoys spending time with her family especially exploring outdoor adventures. In the winter she and her family enjoy skiing.    We look forward to having Katie’s experience and outgoing & engaging personality around our middle school and high school soon.

Welcome to Hannah Levinger.
We are also pleased to announce that we have a new UVEI Intern at the TSA Middle School, Hannah Levinger.  Hannah will be interning with Mr. Lane in his Social Studies classroom this spring. Hannah has always loved history and the social sciences. She studied English Literature, Religion, and Theater in college and earned her Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from Brandeis University. She has lived in Morocco teaching English, and while there studied Arabic calligraphy for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship. She is looking forward to getting to know our middle school students both in Social Studies classes as well as in an improvisational theater class she will lead as an elective. Welcome Hannah!

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2016 Chain Reaction Day

2016 Chain Reaction Day:  A celebration in the spirit of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for HS and MS:  Tuesday, January 19th. A TSA event for all high school and middle school students, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. …

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, all high school and middle school students and staff at The Sharon Academy will engage in a day filled with activities, conversation-inspiring workshops, and food.  The objectives of the day will be to: Explore the unspoken assumptions we make on a daily basis, increase our awareness of how our differences can enhance our relationships with each other or divide us, and begin to engage in conversations about difficult topics. We have a variety of community members and TSA staff presenting on workshop topics exploring race, gender, class, culture and the media.  Students and staff will have the opportunity to sign up for workshops that interest them.  To conclude the day’s events, all students and staff will join together for a potluck lunch in Moore Hall.  We are asking all students and staff to contribute to the potluck lunch and we have designated specific items for each grade to bring.

Middle school students should be brought to the TSA High School on Tuesday, January 19th by 8:15am. The day’s schedule will be as follows:
8:15-9:00 Opening Event
9:15-10:30 Workshop I
10:45-12:00 Workshop II
12:00-12:30 Closing Event
12:45-1:15 All School Potluck Lunch (See below for what to bring.)
1:30 Electives Begin and  Middle school students return to Middle School

What students and staff should bring to the Chain Reaction Pot Luck Lunch:  Grade 10 students should bring a dessert to share.  Everyone else, (grades 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 and staff), should bring a lunch food to share.  Note:  Staff should also bring Plates, cups and utensils.

All Food should be brought to Moore hall on the morning of January 19th. Please try to bring dishes that do not need to be warmed up.

For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at


General News

Fred Tubula ’15, his family, and his village need closer, clean water:
  Fred Tubula ’15, our exchange student from Kenya last year, made a big impact on the TSA community. It is from Fred that we learned how much water is needed where he lives in Kenya. Fred’s family and members of his village must walk many kilometers each way to get water everyday during the drought season (which is most of the year).   Please consider a donation to help drill a well for Fred, his family, and his village.  

A small group from this community is working with a reputable non-profit organization, called WhoLives. They have developed a innovative low-tech system for drilling deep wells in rural Africa. Please check out the Generosity fundraising web site to learn more about Fred and this project, it includes a link to a video about WhoLives and the well drilling system they have developed:–2/x/12089093

You can donate directly to on the web site, or join in the efforts of our students that are gathering loose change (or bills) and donating to the jars on Cynthia’s desk at the high school.  ML has titled this effort:  Change for Change.

Remember that any donation, no matter how small, will help Fred, his family, and his village receive the closer, clean water they deserve.  Go to the web site above to learn more, or contact Dave Eastman at:


Why offer Mindfulness in Education? A two-hour workshop presented by Florence Tolbert for educators, parents, students, members of the community.  Join us either on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 10:00-12:00pm or on Wednesday, February 10 from 6:00-8:00pm, at The Sharon Academy high school.  This workshop is offered free of charge but donations are appreciated.  Research shows that mindfulness is a technique that can help students succeed in school, and in life.  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:


PE credit for skiing at Suicide Six.  Students: remember to fill out your “Request for PE credit” form every week if you are skiing at Suicide Six on Wednesdays.  At the end of the program, you’ll have to have your form signed by Andrew Lane, the skiing program coordinator, and return your form to Florence Tolbert.  The deadline to return your form is April 15. The form can be found here:

For more information, please contact Florence Tolbert at Have fun on the slopes!

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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!


Congratulations to Chris Gish ‘16 for winning the boys 2-mile run at the Dartmouth Relays!
Chris posted an impressive time of 9:27.20.

Varsity Boys:  January 7th:  SoRo 59, TSA Varsity Boys 57

Varsity Girls: January 8, 2016:  Chelsea 62, TSA Varsity Girls 30
January 11, 2016:  Cabot 48, TSA Varsity Girls 33

JV Boys:  January 7:  South Royalton 52, TSA JV Boys 49
January 9:  TSA JV Boys 43, Rivendell 41
January 13:  West Rutland 54, TSA JV Boys 34

JV Girls:  January 13, Williamstown 43, TSA JV Girls 15

MS Girls:  January 12,  TSA MS Girls 30, Chelsea 27


Please come out and support a Phoenix Team!

Note: There are still sporting events for some teams on Martin Luther King Day

Indoor Track:  
January 16, Saturday @ UVM, 12:00pm

Middle School:  
January 14, Thursday, @ Whitcomb, 5:00pm
1/19/16, Tuesday, @ Mid Vermont, 6:30pm

JV Girls:  
January 18, Monday, @ Home v. Whitcomb, 6:00pm
(note: there is no school for students on this day)

JV Boys:  
January 19, Tuesday, @ Blue Mountain, 5:30pm

Varsity Boys:  
January 19, Tuesday, @ Blue Mountain, 7:00pm

Varsity Girls:  
January 15, Friday, @ Home v. Rivendell, 5:30pm
1/20/16, Wednesday, @ Home v. Williamstown,7:00pm


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 Middle School Dance: THIS Friday, January 15, 2016, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Where: The TSA Middle School
Cost: 1 item of food for the food shelf or $1.00
Guests: Students are allowed to each bring two guests that they know well and that are in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Marcy Innes must approve all guests
ahead of time. Only guests that are pre-approved are allowed into the dance.

Important:  Middle School Drop Off for Chain Reaction Day at the TSA High School on Tuesday, January 19th:
Please remember to drop your student off at the high school on Tuesday, January 19th, for Chain Reaction Day. For more details on the day, including information on what to bring for the Potluck, please see the Chain Reaction section in General News. Middle School students will return to the middle school before the end of the school day. Please plan to pick up your student at the middle school at the regular time for dismissal.


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High School News

Third Marking Period Electives:  
Electives for the 3rd Marking Period have been announced and students have made their choices.  To read about the amazing choices students have this quarter, please click here:

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”.  Please contact Maria Piasecki with any questions or concerns regarding this change to the school calendar.  For more information, please contact Maria Piasecki at:

Call for Image-Heavy Magazines – Before Jan 19th.
Maria Piasecki and Laura deCapua are putting out a call for collage materials for a project/workshop that will be taking place on Chain Reaction Day, TSA’s celebration of the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. We would love to collect a variety of image-heavy magazines that you do not need back that students can cut up and use as collage material to create art project related to the themes of the day. Please bring boxed or bagged collage materials you can donate to Maria’s room (second on the right, headed from the Lobby to Moore Hall).  Thank you for helping out!

Delicious TSA Maple Syrup:
 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 RStainton@ Sharon or Cynthia Masterman at or just come by the school and we will get you a quart!


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

Parents of Junior and Senior students are encouraged to attend* the TSA Information Session:  Paying for College Night Tonight, Thursday, Jan 14 at 6:30 pm. The event will include a review of the basics of financial aid, share how to read a financial aid award letter, and share resources for further financial aid support.

*Please note that this event will NOT take the place of attending a VSAC Financial Aid Forms night.  Parents of seniors are STRONGLY encouraged to attend an upcoming forms night at one of the following locations:
Jan 20:  Rivendell Academy at 4:00 pm
Jan 28:  Chelsea Public School at 6:00 pm
Jan 28:  Woodstock High School at 6:00 pm

The Vermont Golf Association Scholarship application is now available online at:
The applicant must be a Vermont high school senior, be a resident of the state of Vermont and accepted at an accredited undergraduate program at a two-year or four-year college or university. Applicant must be in the top 40% of his or her graduating class OR have cumulative average of 80% and a combined SAT score of at least 1500.  Criteria used for selection is financial need, scholarship, and the applicant’s (not the parent’s) connection to the game of golf; such as a golf team, working in a golf shop, working for a grounds superintendent, etc.  Finalists must meet with the VGA Scholarship Selection Committee for a short interview.  For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

The VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD)
works to cultivate and prepare a diverse science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce in Vermont by inspiring students to enter STEM careers. They will award $5,000 scholarships to Native American (including Abenaki) and First Generation college students who enter STEM majors at a Vermont college or university. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic standing, letters of recommendation, and an essay detailing career goals.  To apply for a VT EPSCoR CWDD Student Scholarship, an applicant should be:  A Vermont resident and United States citizen, a graduating senior at a Vermont high school planning to attend a Vermont college during the next academic year, OR a current undergraduate enrolled in a degree program at a Vermont college or university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, enrolling or enrolled in a STEM major in college, and of Native American ancestry OR a first generation college student.  Deadline is April 1, 2016.  For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

The Live Más Scholarship
is not based on a student’s grades or how well they play sports. No essays, no test scores, no right or wrong answers. They’re looking for the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers – whose post-high school education they will help fund. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the next generation. The Taco Bell Foundation will be awarding 220 scholarships to deserving recipients, ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 each.  Due date is Jan 31, 2016.  For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato or visit
Insurance Scholarships:  A variety of scholarships are available through many insurance companies. Check out this website for a list of scholarships, deadlines and application requirements.  For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship:  
Hood MIlk awards three student athletes from each state in New England with $5000.00 toward furthering their education at a two or four year accredited college or university. The application is simple and straightforward and can be found at For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato or visit

UMaine Flagship Match Award:
UMaine has launched a competitive scholarship program that guarantees academically qualified, first-year students from Vermont to pay the same tuition and fee rate as the University of Vermont. The guidelines are as follows: Students will be awarded based on the combination of their Academic Tier and Residency. To qualify for a Flagship Match Award students must submit their admissions application by February 1.  No FAFSA is required to receive the Flagship Match Award, but students must file a FAFSA by March 1 in order to be considered for federal need-based aid.  Students who qualify for the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) regional student program are not eligible for the Flagship Match Award. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit 

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Community Events

Be the Parent You Want to Be: For Parents and Caregivers of Children 0-10.  Jan 25, 2016, 6-8 pm. The Family Place and Green Mountain Children’s Center are pleased to host Nancy Linkroum Pennell in a discussion about parenting. Nancy is a mother of 4 adult children and enjoyed a 25 year career as director of Aloha Camp for teenage girls in Fairlee, VT. In that role she developed programs for girls, counseled teens, and trained hundreds of staff in the principles she now bring to her work as a parent/teacher educator. Commonsense strategies and helpful ways of framing the work of raising young children to be the competent, happy, good choice making, centered adults we hope they will become all will be presented. But mostly it is about becoming the parent you want to be with the children you have been given.  Parenting is the best and hardest job there is! Being able to share and learn together can be transformative on this parenting journey. Held at the UU Congregation of the Upper Valley – 320 U.S. 5. Across from The Family Place. Norwich, VT. For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at or visit


Mini-Bridge (popscle stick) Building Competition at VTC in Randolph Center, April 1 2016; 8:30 – 1:40.  STEM – Mini-Bridge (Popsicle Stick) Building Competition – and Crushing! – for middle and secondary students, VTC, Randolph Center Campus.  Teams of 2-6 students compete with Popsicle stick built bridges – judging based on aesthetics, originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, and predicted failure point (prizes for both high school and middle school winning teams).  No fee to enter – and complimentary lunch for all participants!  Register today!!  For more information, please contact John Diebold, Civil/Environmental Engineering at VTC at 802-728-1282, or email: or visit

Martin Luther King, Jr. Events at Dartmouth College:  1/15/16-1/28/16.  
Each year Dartmouth College hosts a week of lectures, discussions and other events dedicated to honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.  Most events are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at or visit

BarnArts Teen Touring Company Spring 2016:  Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30.
 Begins on January 19 at ArtisTree. Join instructors Murray Ngoima and Nate Hinson as they lead students through a theatrical exploration of contemporary youth ideas.   Playful improv is used to test characters, develop conflicts and facilitate script writing as we move our ideas into a presentable production to take “on the road” to area schools and venues. Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30. $90 for 12 weeks. For more information and to register, please contact: BarnArts at (802) 332-6020 or visit

NACLO is a computational linguistics olympiad for students in grades 6-12
studying in North America.  It is a written test containing linguistic puzzles. Students take the test individually. There are two rounds of the competition. The first is an open round held in January. The open round test consists of six to ten problems, and lasts 3 hours in total. Those who do well on the open round will be invited to compete in a second ‘invitational’ round in March. The top performing students from the US and Canada are then selected to represent their countries in the International Linguistics Olympiad in Bulgaria later in the year.  The Dartmouth test site, serving students in and around the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont, will be on the Dartmouth College campus.  The open round will be held on January 28, 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the test begins. If you have not registered online, you should arrive by 9:15 am.  Regisitration is free, and open to any student studying in grades 6-12 in the US. Register here, and select Dartmouth College as your test site.  Check out the main NACLO website for detailed information and resources, or send us an e-mail at

Green Up Vermont’s annual poster and writing contests: 
submit a Poster Design or Writing Entry for Green Up Day. Any student K-12 may submit an entry. Entries must be received by January 31st. One poster design is selected as the official 2016 Green Up Day poster, promoting Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May. Poster entries should be 11×14 inches, created by hand, without the aid of computers, and must include the words “Green Up Vermont”. Writing entries should be a poem or an essay of up to 400 words relating to “What Green Up Day means to you”.  Entries should be mailed to Green Up Vermont, P.O. Box 1191, Montpelier, VT 05601-1191, or delivered to the Green Up Vermont office at 14-16 Baldwin St. For many more dtails and entry rules: visit the Poster and Writing Contests page at or call 802-229-4586 or 1-800-974-3259