The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 22, 2016

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Newsletter

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 22 Today:  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.
Tues 26 Renaissance Faire at TSA HS – 1:30 – 3:15. See HS and MS news below. MS Students will attend and should be picked up at the HS at 3:15.
Thurs 28 MS Rough 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 11 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 – See General News below for more information and access to the form.
Sat 20 February Break Begins – Return to School Wed, March 2nd (Note: Tues, March 1st is Town Meeting Day)




Chain Reaction Day: 
 Thank you to all of our esteemed and knowledgeable workshop facilitators and speakers, including a couple of our own students and teachers.  The TSA Middle School and High School Students had access to so many great learning opportunities including workshop topics exploring race, gender, class, culture and the media.  Thank you to our staff and families for providing a hardy lunch filled with delicious and nutritious food.

Middle School Dance Chaperones:  
Thank you to Kimberly Barnhart, Jim Beraldi and Scott Chesnut for chaperoning the middle school dance last Friday!

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General News

Intent to Return to TSA:
 This is the time of year to inform us of your student’s intention to return to TSA in the fall of 2016. Letting us know your intent is essential to our planning. As you know, TSA is committed to small class size and our finances are tight. It is important that we know the number of students who will be returning next year, as we will soon inform prospective new students regarding their enrollment for Fall 2016, and we need to have an accurate count of spaces available.

  • Families of 8th graders: please fill out the attached Intent to Return form:  click here to access the form, and return it by February 19th. Your February statement will include the Intent to Return fee, which will be adjusted should you indicate that your student will not be returning in the Fall.
  • 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 19th. Your February statement will include the Intent to Return fee, which will be adjusted should you indicate that your student will not be returning in the Fall.

All student accounts will be charged the annual $100.00 intent to return fee unless we hear otherwise from you.

For more information, please contact Melissa Shekinah at


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

Now there are three ways to donate:

1) You can donate directly to on the web site (see above link)

2) ML’s Change for Change:  You can 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.

3) Send a Valentine and Drill A Well! Valentine’s day is coming soon and Christa Wurm, Amelia Travers ’16 and Lucia Gagliardone ’16 will be selling 75 Cent Valentines to donate to Fred’s well.  They will be selling them on January 25th and February 1st during path in the lobby (that’s this coming Monday!) Valentines include your choice of student drawn cards and a carnation flower.  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

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.  Research shows that mindfulness is a technique that can help students succeed in school, and in life.  Join us either on THIS 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 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:


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!


Is it a Cold or the Flu? The most striking difference between colds and flu is that the flu usually begins suddenly and leaves you achy and feverish while colds begin more slowly, often include a runny nose, and can last for 1-3 weeks.  For full details please see the link below.  With both colds and the flu it’s important to wash your hands regularly, cough into your elbow, and stay home from school for 24 hours if you have a fever.

When should I talk to a doctor? 

  • If you are worried you should contact your doctor.
  • If an infection lingers too long or is getting worse after 1 week
  • If you have trouble catching your breath or breathing.
  • If coughing hurts your chest.
  • If you have asthma or another major medical condition.
  • If you are having trouble eating or drinking.
  • Fever of 103 or multiple days of fevers over 101.

If you would like your child to be seen by the school-based clinic at TSA or Sharon Elementary please contact the South Royalton Health Center at 763-7575, Jill at Sharon Elementary, or Cynthia at TSA (763-2500).  For more information on the Health HUB school based clinic program please visit:

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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!



Varsity Girls
January 15:  Rivendell 50, TSA Varsity Girls 27

Varsity Boys
January 14: West Rutland 73, TSA Varsity Boys 48
January 20: TSA Varsity Boys 48, Blue Mountain 42
During this game, Max Perkins (seven points) drained a jump shot with 40 seconds left to put the Phoenix in front for good, improving Sharon to 7-5.
Harvey Kelley had 11 points, Jay Knoerlein had 10 and Sam Knoerlein had eight to lead Sharon. The game was back and forth the whole way, with the
Phoenix clinging to a 34-31 lead through three quarters.
January 21: South Royalton 49, TSA Varsity Boys 41

JV Boys
January 19: TSA JV Boys 48, Blue Mountain 42
January 21: South Royalton 38, TSA JV Boys 33

Middle School Girls
January 19th: Middle School Girls 21, Mid VT Christian School 27
A Note from Coach Jolin Eastman:  The team is called the Strafford TSA Falcons. (A combination of TSA and Strafford students.)  Go Falcons!


Please come out and support a Phoenix Team!

Middle School Girls:

1/25/2016 Monday Mid VT Home 5:30pm
A Note from Coach Jolin Eastman:  The team is called the Strafford TSA Falcons.
(A combination of TSA and Strafford students.)  Go Falcons!

JV Boys:
1/21/2016 Thursday SoRo Home 5:30pm
1/27/2016 Wednesday Twinfield Home 5:30pm

JV Girls:
1/25/2016 Monday Bellows Falls Home 7:00pm

Varsity Boys:
1/21/2016 Thursday SoRo Home 7:00pm
1/27/2016 Wednesday Twinfield Home 7:00pm

Varsity Girls:
1/22/2016 Friday SoRo Away 7:00pm
1/26/2016 Tuesday Blue Mountain Home 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

8th Grade Parents:  Please see General News for information about submitting your students intent to return form

Renaissance Faire:
 Middle school students are attending the Renaissance Faire at the high school next Tuesday afternoon, January 26th.  Parents, please plan to pick your student up at the high school at 3:15pm.

Food and Hunger Newsletter:
Rough drafts for the Food and Hunger Newsletter are due Thursday, January 28th.

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High School News

European History Renaissance Faire, January 26th, 1:30 – 3:15.
 The European History classes will be hosting a Renaissance Faire in the gym and outside near the field house. TSA MS and HS students will attend. Exhibits, performances and demonstrations will include: blacksmithing, theater, art, architecture, scientific and technological innovations, medicine, literature, weaponry, music, food, navigation, games, religion, witch trials, and other elements of the Renaissance period.  For more information, please contact Kimberly Barnhart at

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 of the dance go to the Planned Parenthood clinic in White River Junction! 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 4th. For more information, please contact Robin Chadwell at

Spamalot Interim Sweatshirts:  This Friday, January 22nd is the deadline to pay for and pick up your Spamalot sweatshirt if you ordered one.  Beginning Tuesday of next week the remaining sweatshirts will be sold on a first come first served basis. If you have questions, or would like to purchase one next week, 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 Mon., Fenruary 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 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

Financial Aid Forms night:
  Parents of seniors are STRONGLY encouraged to attend an upcoming forms night at one of the following locations:
Jan 28:  Chelsea Public School at 6:00 pm
Jan 28:  Woodstock High School at 6:00 pm

Sophomores and Juniors – Free college planning workshop.  
College Pathways 2016: Registration opens February 1. This free college planning event is open to students and parents, to help guide the college search and planning process.
Workshops include:

  • SAT/ACT test prep
  • The College Search: Finding colleges that fit
  • Student panel
  • The Admissions Process: Step by step
  • Financial aid and managing college costs
  • See full workshops at

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato or visit

Full College Scholarship for Juniors! Full-Ride Coolidge Scholarship Opportunity Announced.  
A college scholarship offered through the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation is among the most generous of all scholarships in America: a full-ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training. The scholarship is modeled in some ways after the well-known Morehead-Cain and Jefferson scholarships, but with the key distinction that “The Coolidge” can be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. university. The scholarship program launches this year. The first class of Coolidge Scholars will be named in spring 2016. The foundation will select a minimum of two Coolidge Scholars in the inaugural class. Current high school juniors are eligible to apply. The deadline for application submission is March 18. The application is available on the website: The website contains much other useful information as well, including a FAQ page, the selection criteria, the selection timeline, details on eligibility, and information about President Coolidge and the Coolidge Foundation. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato or visit

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Community Events

Open Talent Show in Hartland:  Saturday, January 23; 5:00pm.  This Saturday at Damon Hall in Hartland there is an open talent show for young performers – musicians, poets, dancers, jugglers, etc.  They are still looking for acts and would love it if some of the talent from TSA could join in.  Rehearsal/sound check Fri. night 1/22 at 6:00 at Damon Hall

  • Performance starts at 5:00pm on Saturday night January 23rd
  • Show followed by soup and salad prepared by Windsor Station Restaurant.
  • Admission by donation (suggested $5-10)
  • For more information, please contact Jaxon Morgan at 

Dartmouth Courses Available to Juniors and Seniors:
 For more than 20 years, Dartmouth College has been providing access to Dartmouth courses, free of charge, to academically prepared area high school students. Dartmouth College’s Special Community Student High School Program is open to seniors (during fall, winter, and spring terms) and juniors (during the winter and spring terms) of area high schools who have exhausted all possible classes within their field of interest at their high school. All students are recommended by a high school principal, guidance counselor, or other school official with responsibility for the Program at their school.  Deadline for application submission is February 12. For more information, please talk with Ellen Bagnato AND visit:


The Sharon Sprouts’ Farmers’ Markets return to Sharon Elementary School Saturday, January 30, 10am-1pm, for the Farmers’ and Flea Market, Winter Carnival, Hockey Tournament, and Chili Cook-off all in one! In the school gym, shop from a wide selection of fresh and local produce, baked goods, bread, herbs & spices, jams, meat and eggs, hand-crafted specialties, Valentine’s treats, and “inexpensive or second-hand curios”. Outside, enjoy FREE winter activities such as snowshoeing, sledding, snow games, and more. PLUS the 3rd Annual Sharon Hockey Tournament and the quest for the Sharon Cup!! Free cocoa and indoor crafts and activities for the children all day. Local Lunch will be the 9th Annual Chili Cook-off with chili tasting plus salads and sides for $5 from 11:30-1 to judge the Best Chili in Sharon!! The Sharon Sprouts is the Farm, Food and Nutrition program for Sharon Elementary students. Call Donna Foster at 802 763-8280 for market information and Keenan Haley at 763-7425 for chili cook-off entries.

VT Girls STEM Leadership Camp:  Rosie’s Girls STEM Leadership Overnight Camps & follow-on Mentorship Program  for Vermont girls entering 9th and 10th grades (fall 2016)
,  June 20 – 24  or   July 11 -15, Vermont Tech – Randolph Center Campus.  Modeled after Rosie’s Girls Day Camps by Vermont Works for Women (, Vermont Tech’s summer 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 who have previously participated in Rosie’s Girls Day Camps now entering 9th or 10th grades or who have never participated and want to try something new.  Potential program offerings may include an introduction to: Computer Info Tech; Civil/Environmental & Architectural Engineering Tech; Construction Management; Agribusiness; Welding; Fire Science; Entrepreneurship; Mechanical &Manufacturing Engineering Tech/Renewable Energy; plus loads of activities, creative arts, and more!!  Experiences to:
o   Try out a variety of trades and technical fields
o   Increase self-confidence and self-worth and push past preconceived limitations
o   Consider careers in STEM-based, nontraditional fields
o   Develop new areas of physical and emotional confidence
o   Expand math and science skills through concrete applications
o   Develop leadership and teamwork skills
o   Have fun; make new friends with like-minded spirits – and much, much more!

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato or visit

The 2016 Revels Teens Program starts THIS SUNDAY!
 Revels North’s Teen Program is a fun and safe environment for teens to share their love of music and just be themselves. Teens will discover their own voices through the learning and performing of songs deeply rooted in the Revels tradition as well as a sampling of folk music from around the world. Monthly workshops focus on singing in harmony while still leaving time for dancing, theater and group-building games. Being part of this unique group builds confidence and inspires teens to seek out music in other aspects of their lives. Optional performance opportunities allow teens to develop stage presence and leadership skills and to connect with wider communities. Revels Teens is directed by Lynn Mahoney Rowan with support from Revels North Artistic Director, Nils Fredland and the entire Revels North team.  We begin THIS SUNDAY at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover, NH from 1:30 – 4:30.  For more information and to register online, go to:


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 brings 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 (popsicle 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

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.  Registration 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