In this Issue:
Mark Your Calendar
|Thurs||6||Planning for College night for 11th grade parents, 4:30pm – 8:00pm|
|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|
|Fri||14||Intent to Return forms due for 8th grade families. The Fee will be charged to other families unless we hear otherwise.|
|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 Cotey Anderegg ’14, Wyatt Blanchard ’14, Mollie Faccio ’14, Isabelle Hotelling-O’Connor ’14, Daisy Hutt ’17, Maie Kimball ’16, Esther Lent ’16, Grace Pfeil ’15, Luna Skeet-Browning ’16, and Teagan White ’14, who have all been nominated to show work at AVA Gallery as a part of the upcoming 6th Annual Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition. The Opening Reception and Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, February 28, from 5pm to 7pm. The exhibition starts on Friday, February 21.
Congratulations to Patrick Sharpe ’16 who placed 3rd in the Advanced Level in German at the Hanover Recitation Contest. Patrick was competing against students from around the Upper Valley as they recited poems in foreign languages. Patrick is also fluent in French. Way to go!
Did you know that we have two exchange students here at TSA? Justice is from Kenya and Deniz is from Turkey. They are both at TSA through the PAX program. The major goals of PAX (program of academic exchange) are to increase mutual respect among the people of the world, to foster an appreciation of our differences and similarities, and to enhance our ability to communicate with one another. Every TSA family is invited to participate in this exchange by inviting Justice and Deniz to spend time with you. They are both willing to try new things, are fun to be with and are easy going. Consider inviting them to over to your house to do simple things: between school and basketball practice/games; for dinner and a movie, game, ping pong or pool; to cook a meal from their country: to watch the Superbowl, Olympics or March Madness; to listen, play or dance to music. Or if you are going to do something special, consider inviting them along when you go: on a trip to Burlington or Boston; for a hike, to the CCBA, the UVAC, rock climbing, ice fishing, bowling, to a museum, or a ball game. These boys would love to join you! To invite Justice and Deniz to spend time with your family, please call the host families to get permission first. Justice is staying with Carol Harry and Steve Gagliardone- 802-763-8014. Deniz is staying with Todd Binzen and Janet Cavanagh- 802-763-9961/ 802-
Open Studio February 4 and February 6: WINTER COLLAGE with Lynn Hudnut
Sometimes we think the colors of winter are grey and brown and white, but if you are observant there is a much wider palette available. This workshop will come in two parts. The first day (Tuesday) we will make colored papers using a few different methods. The second (Thursday) we will use those papers to construct a winter collage. Feel free to bring in things you find outside (brrrrr!) to look at for inspiration. Lynn will bring in a bunch of stuff collected in the woods and fields, so if you don’t want to brave the cold, don’t worry. And there’s always color to see in the sky.
Guitar for TSA: TSA’s school guitar is on its last legs. Does anyone have a guitar they would be willing to donate to the TSA high school for students to use? Please contact Amber – email@example.com
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 Middle School program.
Middle School News
Progress Reports – Progress reports will be sent home towards the end of next week (week of February 3rd).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Famished Phoenix Menu:
Tuesday February 4th:
SOUP ‘n SALAD: $5/bowl: Top-notch Chili, Clam Chowder
Fresh Flatbreads – $1 each
Drinks – $2
Friday February 7th:
Selection of Pizzas by the Slice: $3 includes Salad
Drinks – $2
Juniors: The final draft of your Junior Exhibition Research Paper is due Monday, February 10
Independent Study: Students planning on doing an Independent Study or taking an outside course this semester need to complete their paperwork and hand it in to Kimberly Barnhart next week.
MedQuest: MedQuest is coming to the high school on Monday, February 4th during PATH to talk with students about the program. According to their website,
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.
Soccer: Exit 2 Soccer is continuing this Spring. Please visit www.exit2soccer.com for more information.
Cell Phone Guidelines: Please remember that students are only allowed to use cell phones before and after school and during lunch (exceptions are made when a student is using their cell phone as a tool in class – ie: as a calculator or an assignment notebook). We certainly understand that plans change during the day, necessitating contact with your student. We ask that you call Cynthia (802.773.2500 x0) rather than text your child if you need to reach your student for plan changes. Cynthia will place a note on the student’s locker. Students are not allowed to check their email/text during class.
Magic Tonight in South Royalton: The South Royalton High School class of 2015 proudly presents the magician and hypnotist Dr. Steve Taubman tonight in the South Royalton High School Gymnasium at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, and $8 for students.
Pizza in SoRo: A petition was started by a law student to bring Cockadoodle Pizza to SoRo. If you are interested, please feel free to sign the petition. The petition has to be in by the 8th. http://www.ipetitions.com/
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.
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 email@example.com. The group will meet at Sharon Baxter Library and will have books to loan.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org; www.balevt.org; 802-498-8438
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 ~ email@example.com. For more information please visit The Wild Fern facebook page of events or The Wild Fern Blog at http://wildfernstockbridgevermont.blogspot.com
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/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 See HS News for an opportunity to speak to MedQuest on Monday