The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 29, 2015

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Taking Flight
General News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Community Events
High School Electives


Mark Your Calendar

MS = middle school, HS = high school

To download a PDF version of our 2014 – 2015 calendar, please click here:

Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates:
TSA Calendar

January 2015

 Fri  30 MS Dance at the TSA middle school at 6:30pm – 9:30pm


February 2015

Thurs 12 Planning for College Night for 11th grade parents at 6:30pm (See HS News)
Fri 20 End of Second Trimester for MS
Mon – Mon 23 – Mar 2 February Vacation


March 2015

Tues 3 Town Meeting Day, no school
Weds 4 Return to School
Thurs 12 Planning for College Night for 9th and 10th grade families, 6:30pm
Mon – Fri 16 – 28  MS Circus Interim
Mon 16  Junior Exhibitions
Thurs 26  Cafe Night
Fri 27  HS Inservice – no school HS only
Fri – Sat 27 – 28  MS Circus Performances
Mon 30  No School MS Only

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Save the Date:

We are thrilled to announce the dates for TSA’s third annual Celebration of the Arts – Taking Flight 2015!

2015 Taking Flight Logo
Free Family Arts Day
A fun-filled, creative day for the whole family

Sunday, April 12th, noon–4pm.
Workshops with local artists for all ages

Evening Gala and Auction
A great evening out
Friday, April 17th, 6pm–10pm (please note the change of date)
Live music with Jeanne and the Hi-Tops!
Live and silent auctions
Cash bar
We hope you can join us for both events. More information on donating to the auction, purchasing Gala tickets, and the Family Arts Day schedule will be arriving to your inbox soon!If you can’t wait to learn more, check out the Arts Celebration website:

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Thank you to all of our families for providing an delicious potluck lunch for our students during Chain Reaction.  It was wonderful to end the day’s activities with a community meal.

Thank you to TSA Alumna Mia Aldrich ’13 for photographing our Chain Reaction program this year, and for writing a press release about it that was picked up in this week’s Randolph Herald.

Thank you, Jim Nourse, for filling in for Stephanie Davis at the high school as she was on maternity leave.  It has been an absolute pleasure to have you here.  We will miss you.

Welcome back, Stephanie Davis!  We have missed you.

Thank you to Fred Tabula for creating the beautiful watercolor image of a hummingbird that we are using for our Taking Flight logo.


Alumni News

We love to hear what our alumni are up to.  
If you have any alumni news, academic or otherwise, please let us know!
Congratulations to these Alumni on their academic achievements.
  • Middlebury College has conferred the title of College Scholar, the school’s highest academic honor, on senior Abra Atwood of Sharon, for her performance during the fall 2014 semester. Atwood, a 2010 graduate of The Sharon Academy, is majoring in geology
  • Alfred University in upstate New York has named Bryce Lloyd of Hartland to its dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester. Lloyd, a graduate of The Sharon Academy, maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.5 out of a possible 4.0.
  • Williams College has named freshman Caroline Atwood of Sharon to its dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester. Atwood, a freshman majoring in geoscience, is a 2012 graduate of The Sharon Academy.
For more alumni updates, check out our Alumni Updates Page.

General News

White House Film Festival; Giving Back: Every day in classrooms and communities throughout our country, young people are making an impact in the lives of others through service and giving back. Volunteering takes so many different forms in our country and is one of the most important experiences that you can have. Service to others and giving back can offer purpose and perspective. You may find that making a difference in your community or in someone else’s life is an experience that can make a difference in your own life. President Obama has said that service gave him a compass, a center, and a sense of direction of how he wanted to live his own life. We’re looking for videos that highlight the impact of service and giving back.  DEADLINE FEB 2, 2015

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Middle School News

MS Dance at TSA:  This Friday, Jan 30, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Middle School.  All students in Marcy’s advisory are expected to help clean up after the dance.MS Dance at Chelsea:  The Chelsea Public School 8th Graders are Hosting a Dance for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Tunbridge, Williamstown, Waits River, South Royalton, The Sharon Academy, Strafford, Thetford, Northfield, Washington, Randolph, Rochester and Whitcomb.  Concessions will be available
  • When:  February 13, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm
  • Grades: Only 6, 7, and 8
  • Admission:  $4 per person

Attention parents of 8th graders:  Remember to call Amber to schedule a Wednesday shadow day for your student.  To read a copy of the process for coming to TSA HS that was sent to you in December, click here.

Revels for Middle Schoolders: Revels Tweens is a branch of Revels North’s popular Kids program, designed for young people 11-14 years old. This program focuses solely on middle school-aged students, and has a stronger focus on performance. This Revels Tweens group will be asked to play a larger part in the final production and to tackle more complex material. As part of the larger Revels Kids programs, Tweens will work with tradition-bearers from Voice of the Koas and the Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki People. Revels Tweens will meet weekly at the Norwich Grange on Thursdays from 5-6:30. Program begins January 29th and ends with the Final Sharing on March 29th. For more information, visit or email

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High School News  

Junior parents: Mark your calendar for the Planning for College Session on February 12 at 6:30.   We will discuss how to support your child in making plans for life after TSA including researching and applying to college.

Bienvenidos los Mexicanos! (Welcome Mexican Students) Last year, Mary, Christa and Mary’s son Thomas traveled to Puebla México to explore and meet with teachers and students at the Prepa Ibero, with the hopes that we would be able to set up an exchange between our schools (The Prepa has three campuses, in Puebla, in Tlaxcala, and in Veracruz, and is associated with the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla.  It is very well regarded and has similarly aligned philosophies to TSA in programs and curriculum).  We are delighted to announce that this March, five students and two teachers from Prepa Ibero will be joining us for two weeks at the end of the month. They will all be hosted by TSA families, will attend classes as both students and teachers.  We hope that everyone will be their welcoming wonderful selves and reach out to these pioneers of what we intend to be a burgeoning and long-lasting relationship.

Right now we are gratefully all set with host families, but if your family is interested in further participation, such as a group dinners or excursion to Burlington or to view the Orozco murals in Hanover, please contact Tom or Mary to let them know.

Report Cards: High School Quarter 2 ended on January 28th. Teachers will just be writing course descriptions of the work this term for report cards. We will only be writing individual comments for students leaving or ending a class or if there is remarkable (good or bad) progress to report. Report cards will be posted on Gradelink on Wednesday, 2/4/15. These will replace Quarter 1 report cards, so download those this week if you have not already. Please contact your student’s teacher or advisor if you need to discuss anything on the report card.  Thank you! -Brian


Career & College Guidance

Scholarship Opportunities: We encourage seniors to apply for college scholarships.  No matter what the award amount may be, each scholarship  equals dollars that students do not have to pay out of their pocket in the future.  Listed below are a few of the thousands of scholarships available.  Seniors were also given more scholarship information in PATH class.

  • Several scholarships are available through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.  Several of these do not require that you are a member of the VFW.  For more information go to:
  • The St Andrew’s Society of Vermont offers four, $1000 scholarships for Vermont residents.  Applications and more information are available at:  http://www.standrewssocietyof  Applications are due February 18.
  • The Vermont Golf Association offers scholarships.  Criteria used for selection include financial need, school performance, the applicant’s affiliation to the game of golf; such as competing on a golf team, working at a golf course or participation in golf programs or events.  Deadline is May 1.  For more information go to
  • The Vermont National Education Association/Maida F. Townsend Scholarship for $1000 is awarded to sons and daughters of Vermont-NEA members.  Deadline is February 2.  For more information go to
  • Hood awards a $5000 scholarship for college bound athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have spent time volunteering.  Deadline isMarch 6.  For more information go to

GAP Years: Within the career and college guidance community, there is a lot of talk about GAP years. More and more frequently, students will choose to take a GAP year between their high school graduation and enrolling in college. This can be a good option for many students. Students who chose to do a GAP year find more benefits when they have a plan for the year AND when they have been accepted to a college and chose to defer their enrollment for one year. To learn more about options for GAP years, senior parents and students should consider attending a GAP year fair such as this one:

USA Gap Year Fair
Monday, February 2, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Hanover High School, Hanover, NH 



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.
Want to fill out our Community Service online form? Click here


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Community Events

Chandler Summer Musical: Auditions for Chandler’s summer youth musical, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, are scheduled for Sunday March 8 for teen lead roles and Sunday March 15 for elementary and teen chorus roles. On- and off-stage opportunities are available to students ages 7 through 18. To register, please contact Betsy Cantlin at or download audition forms at Please register by March 4 as preparation for auditions is necessary.

Fundraising Rock Concert: Two schools are teaming up to host a Rock Concert to raise awareness of the benefits of music in our lives, and all the programs Vermont Independent School of the Arts (VTISA) is offering to the community.  The concert is a fun opportunity to check out some of the local, young bands from Tuck’s Rock Dojo & Randolph Union High School as well as get to know the many programs VTISA is providing. Bring a pot luck item, listen to great tunes, talk and get to know others.
The event is a fund raiser: Admission by donation
Concert date: January 31st, 4-8pm
Location: ​Vermont​ Independent School of Arts (5126 Vermont 14, Sharon, VT)
Organizers: Tuck’s Rock Dojo & Vermont​ Independent School of the ArtsFor more information about each organization, log onto and

Second Annual Nordic Cross event:  On Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond, VT,  join the fun at this the festive spring skiing event and test your skiing skills.  Or just come watch and cheer on the racers.  Enjoy a pancake feast with pure maple syrup made from the Cochran family sugarbush.  Music, prizes, and downright fun on skis for everyone!  Adults and kids race.  Fun for the whole family.  For more information and to register,


Summer Opportunities

The US Naval Academy (USNA) summer STEM program: Summer STEM is designed to encourage rising 9th-11th graders from across the country to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school and college. Click here to watch the highlights from Summer STEM 2014.


Rising 9th Graders

06/01/15 – 06/06/15

Rising 10th Graders

06/08/15 – 06/13/15

Rising 11th Graders

06/15/15 – 06/19/15

Cost: $425* (includes room and board, meals and materials) *Some scholarships are available based on financial need of selectee.

The application closes April 15, 2014.  Click here to access the online application for the USNA Summer STEM program