The Sharon Academy Newsletter, June 12, 2014

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Appreciations
General News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Classifieds

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Mark Your Calendar

June 2014

Fri 13 Field Day! Last Day of school – dismissed at 2:00pm
Fri 13 8th Grade Graduation, 6:30 – 9:00pm at the High School
Sun 15 HS Graduation, 2:00 pm at the High School

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Welcome to the last regular newsletter of the year! 

You will receive a few communications from TSA over the summer, but this is the last weekly newsletter until in August.

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Appreciations

We love hearing about what our students are up to! Please write to newsletter@sharonacademy.net
with news of any celebrations or accomplishments.

Food DriveThank you to all of the families who donated food for our food drive at the High School.  We delivered  487 items to the Sharon and Chelsea food shelves.  Lisanne‘s advisory won the contest of bringing in the most food with 222 items.  Thank you as well to Jill Gramling ’15 for organizing the event.

 
Thank you to the many people who contributed to helping our exchange student, Justice Magere, by supporting the fundraising effort to pay for his schooling in Kenya for the next two years. We met our goal of $700 – enough to pay for the next two years.

Congratulations to Alexxy Kendall ’18, on the research she conducted as a part of the Middle School Science Fair.  Alexxy worked with Dartmouth Graduate student Sam Roberts on her science fair project.  Her project focused on the effect of caffeine on chromosome number in Ashbya gossypii. Over the past six weeks, Alexxy has spent multiple days in the lab at Dartmouth conducting her research. Last Tuesday, she presented her findings to a group of professors, graduate students, and teachers at Dartmouth.

Alexxy and Sam

Please join us in wishing farewell to Justice and Deniz, the two exchange students who have spent the year with us.  It has been an honor hosting them both.  Thank you, Justice and Deniz, for staying with us and for teaching us more about Kenya and Turkey.  We so enjoyed getting to know both of you.  We will miss you.

Justice and Deniz

Check out the games that the Programming Elective has created this quarter:
http://sharonacademy.org/programming-elective-game-projects/ Have fun!

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General News

PAX NEWS

Fredrick from Kenya has two great host families for next year. We need two more host families for Fatima from Pakistan.
Fatima is a very energetic and fun-loving girl. She loves playing soccer and hockey, acting, painting, drawing, reading, cooking hanging out with friends, most importantly, sharing meal time with her family.  What matters most to her are the relationships that she has and  helping with the problems that humans face.  She says, “I believe humans around the world have the same issues and by being more homogenized, we can resolve them.” Fatima is eagerly waiting for the day when she can experience “American culture and traditions…and observe it at a closer glance” while bringing her own culture and experience to share with others.  Fatima is an exceptional student with an “A” GPA and 10 years of English.  She is described by her teachers as being “a motivational instrument for her classmates.” She aspires to attend Harvard in the hopes of becoming a physicist. By coming to the States Fatima believes, “this experience would help me to improve as a human being and become more understanding and mature.”

TSA would love to have Fatima enrich our lives next year. We need a family or two to open their home/s to her.  For more information contact Carol Harry, PAX Community Coordinator at 802-763-8014 or tylumo@yahoo.com

Boxtop Reminder: Hi! It’s me, Barney Boxtop, the little squirt you see on your cereal or Kleenex or granola bar boxes. I want you to know that when you cut me out and bring me in to The Sharon Academy, some nice man puts me in an envelope and mails me back to be with all my other relatives. And out of gratitude, we contribute 10 cents to the school! So see, everybody wins! And if you think ten cents isn’t much, you’re right. But it’s precisely a dime more than nothing, and those dimes add up. At last look, the account has close to $1000 in it. The money is used when students are facing some kind of educational need which can’t be met through the school budget. So, liberate us from our box prisons, and let us have our own summer reunion. Boxtops may be dropped off at the school office, or saved until fall.

Upcoming Graduations: Graduations at TSA have traditionally been community-wide events. Just as we work to create community within the school to support our students in their growth, we work as a community to celebrate the transformations these students have experienced and to mark these important transitions. We therefore ask our parents to help us to prepare for our graduations. In the MS and the HS sections of this newsletter, you will find requests for help with our 8th grade and 12th grade graduations. We look forward to your involvement!

The Sweet Stuff: Maple Syrup harvested from TSA’s own sugarbush by TSA students is now available for purchase at $20 per quart. Grab some while you can – it won’t last long! Place your order with Cynthia at the HS.

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Middle School News

Remember that tomorrow, June 13th is the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 2:00. Middle school graduation celebration 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the high school.  All students should attend.

 

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High School News

A note from Michael Livingston to High School Families:

Parents,

Much of the news that we convey to you is pleasant and enjoyable but occasionally it’s not.  Unfortunately such is the case with this note.  This spring there have been a number of incidents of stealing money at school. Although we have dealt with this type of situation before, it has never risen to this level. At this point we are certain of twelve separate incidents.  We have been collecting information about each incident and I have spoken to the local police about how we might appropriately respond, including possibly having an officer visit the school to speak to the individuals directly impacted by these events.  We wanted to alert you to the situation.  Despite the fact that it’s the end of the year I regard these cases as open and will be continuing to try to collect information.  If you have any information to offer please contact me.

We treasure the trust and respect that we have built in our school community. It is deeply troubling when that trust is broken. I’m saddened to have to report this information to you.

Michael

High School Graduation: On Sunday, June 15th at 2pm, we will celebrate our Senior class of 2014. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served. The tradition is that ALL TSA high school families contribute to the refreshment buffet of finger foods, and we are reaching out to you to ask for your help once again this year. The following are guidelines and suggestions for food for the day. To help keep things simple, we are asking families different items based on which grade your student is in. (If you have more then one student at the school, go with the grade of the older one.)

  • 9th graders: please bring fresh fruits such as cut up pineapple, watermelon, apples, oranges, etc… Small fruit kebabs would be ideal. Please do NOT bring fruit salads.
  • 10th graders: please bring cheese (cut into small portions please) and crackers or bread.
  • 11th graders: please bring finger desserts: brownies, cookies, squares, bars, cupcakes…
  • 12 graders: please bring lemonade.

If you cannot come that day, please leave the food in Flo’s room on Friday June 13. It is very important that you bring enough to feed about 12 people. If you want your dish and utensil back, mark it clearly.

There will be a drop off table near the entrance, in the parking lot, starting at 1pm. We will return your dish and utensil to a table in the common room. Please look for your dish and pick it up before you leave.

Flo will be available to answer questions, if you have any, until June 13, at ftolbert@sharonacademy.net. A member of the Committee will contact you by phone before the event to remind you about what to bring. We are counting on you…

Thank you so much,

The Graduation Committee.

Honoring TSA Graduates: You are invited to honor a TSA student’s graduation by making a special give in their name. When you make a gift commemorating the graduation of a senior, TSA will send the graduate a special certificate informing them that a gift has been made in their honor without disclosing the amount of your gift. You can write a special congratulatory message to the graduate and your personalized message will be featured on their certificate. Gifts to the Honor Your Senior program also count as parent participation in the annual fund. Gifts of all sizes are gratefully accepted. Honor Your Senior cards are with Cynthia Masterman at the high school front desk and will be available at graduation, or contact Jenn Hayslett at jhayslett@sharonacadmey.net with questions or to request a form.
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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:
https://www.facebook.com/SharonAcademyCSC?ref=hl
Have a community service opportunity that you wish to notify people about?
Email communityservice@sharonacademy.net with the information
and we will let our staff and students know about the opportunity.

 

Summer 2014 Community Service Opportunity with the Earth Community Nature Center
Mentor Training for Teenagers / Opportunity to be a camp counselor! Join us for training in preparation for mentoring or counseling at area summer camps, after school programs and/or community events.

Sunday, June 8th, 3-7pm: Late day gathering for training in first aid & safety, leadership, respectful relationships & boundaries, stewardship, woodland quiet spots and working together to prepare a campfire cookout.

Saturday, June 21st 10am–3pm: Outdoor Adventure with Steve Lulek of Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center including wilderness first aid, team building, outdoor survival skills, rappelling and woodland cookout. Contact Donna Gallant at earthstudentvt@gmail.com for more information.

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Community Events

Hamlet:Come see Hamlet, with Michael Barnhart (KB’s husband). For more information,click here:  http://www.rawshakespearecompany.org/#!current-production/cb3i

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Classifieds

Sharon Rentals

For rent: A lovely three bedroom home on two acres at the corner of Eastman Road and Vt RT 14, 1/4 mile from TSA. New kitchen and appliances. Fresh paint, new windows. Dinning room, living room, sun porch, and master bedroom on first floor.  Two bedrooms upstairs.  Washer and dryer (2 years old) in bright, dry basement.  Mowing and plowing provided.  Garage available for a fee.  $1,350 no utilities provided.  $1,600 with heat.  For more information, please contact Ken at 763.8937, or kwright@sover.net.

For rent: Large 2 bedroom apartment in Sharon, VT.  Within walking distance to Sharon Elementary, Sharon Academy Middle School, the Trading Post, and next door to the Vermont Independent School of the Arts.  Large back yard, all utilities included.  Pets considered after introduction.  Smoke Free. $1250/mo.  Deposit and application required. Contact Barb at 234-6987 or mscwinds@aol.com.

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