The Sharon Academy Newsletter, June 4, 2015

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in High School, Middle School

In this Issue:

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

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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



Thurs 4 MS Science Fair 6:30 – 8:30
Mon 8 HS Exam Review Day
Tues – Thurs 9 – 11 HS Exams (See HS News below)
Fri 12 Field Day, School ends at 2:00 
Fri 12 MS Graduation, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Sun 14 HS Graduation, 1:00pm


The months of May and June are very busy at TSA.
Please be sure to read this newsletter carefully to keep track of all that is happening.

Next August:

In case it is helpful for planning purposes, here is the schedule for the first few weeks of school next year.  (We will send you our full calendar for next year as soon as it is finalized.) 

Thurs 13 HS Soccer Practice Begins
Weds 26 9th Grade Orientation @ HS, 9:00 – 12:30
Weds 26 7th and 8th Grade Orientation @ MS,  9:00-12:30PM
Thurs 27 All Students at HS, 9-2:00PM
Fri 28 All Students at HS, 2-7:00PM
Fri 28 Family Potluck at High School @5:30PM
Mon 31 Classes begin

* Please note that Monday, August 31st is a normal day of school.

(Labor Day is September 7th this year.)




Congrats to Max Buskey ’15 who came in 5th in the state running the 400 meter and made New Englands.

Congratulations also to TSA’s Ultimate Team who went to States.  The team finished 10th over all, and had a lot of fun along the way.

Thanks to all of the parents who drove the middle school to and from High 5 two weeks ago.  Also, thank you for sending us off with such a delicious variety of snacks.  Much appreciated.

Thank You Junior Class Parents: Each year the Junior Class parents are responsible for organizing graduation and the following reception for approximately 500 attendees. This is a wonderful tradition and we thank the Junior Parents for enthusiastically preparing for this milestone event for our Seniors each year.

A very hearty “Thank You!”  goes out to sophomore Jacob Mayer for constructing the new flag pole on the Sharon village green in time to hoist the flag in celebration of Memorial Day!  Sharon’s Village Green has been without a flagpole since last fall.  Jacob’s devotion to fulfilling his commitment to community service went above and beyond.  It has been reported that the 30+ foot pine tree was felled on his property and allowed to dry out over the winter.  Jacob removed the bark, sanded, painted, and then enlisted family help to deliver the pole last Wednesday.  Community volunteers were on hand to help erect the pole – including Leon Sheldon, Donna Foster, and Jacob’s father John.  Mona Foster provided moral support.  Thank you also to the Masons for their financial support for this project.  Players like this continue to make the Sharon community one great “Home Run”.

Good luck Middle Schoolers on your Science Fair tonight at 6:30.  Students have been working on their projects for over 8 weeks.


General News

Parents Please Help Us Count Your Volunteer Hours: This is an end-of-the-year reminder that we would like to have an accurate understanding of how much time parents give to TSA. This information supports us when we are applying for grants and planning our budget. Throughout the year, many of you have either sent Angelique an email with your hours or logged them directly at the website. Please help her wrap up the year by sending her your “best guess” estimate of the time you have put in that has not yet been submitted. Thank you of your dedicated support!  If you would like to make your submission on our website, please click here.

Art Exhibit: TSA’s own art teacher Jay Mead is having an opening at the Aidron Duckworth Museum, June 13th 3-6pm.  Jay is the solo outdoor sculpture artist and will be giving an artist’s talk at 4:30pm, June 13.  Dance performance amidst the sculpture at 5pm featuring Tracy Penfield and TSA junior Lucia Gagliardone.  The Museum is located at 21 Bean Road, Meriden, NH 03770.  Please click the following link for more information:


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Middle School News

Science Fair is tonight!  Looking forward to seeing you all at 6:30 tonight at the Middle School.

TOMORROW: Spanish FiestaWe need your help!  The annual Spanish Fiesta will be happening at the middle school on June 5th (for 8th grade) and June 8th (for 7th grade).  This is a culminating Spanish class project, which involves bringing in a dish to share, and also speaking to the class in Spanish about the food.  (Please click on the following link to view the Criteria Sheet for this project.)  Students will need help gathering the ingredients and making the food.  Unfortunately the 8th grade fiesta is on the day following the Science Fair so 8th graders will need to prepare their dish a few days ahead of time.  (We have standardized testing on the days when we would normally run the fiesta.)

Standardized Testing: On June 5, 8, and 9 ALL middle school students will be taking Vermont’s new standardized test – the SBACs (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) – for Math and Language Arts. These tests will be administered mostly on computer.  The specific times will depend on the testing schedule for the day.

In preparation for the testing, please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep, eat a good, healthy breakfast, and to bring their best effort to the test. Students can bring a water bottle and a book to the testing.  Please make sure your student is on time for school.

Also, please note that these tests are required by the state. Any student who misses any part of the tests will have to make them up at a later date.  PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP IF YOUR STUDENT IS GOING TO BE MISSING ANY SCHOOL ON ANY OF THESE DATES.

Summer Reading:  We will soon be sending you the summer reading list.  Stay tuned!

Photos from recent events:  To see photos from last week’s Semi Formal, please click here
For photos from the trip to High 5, please click here

Hint: To view a larger version of the photograph, hover over the thumbnail and click on the eye icon. To download the photograph, click on the cloud icon.

Graduation Help Needed From 7th Grade Parents: Seventh grade parents traditionally help with 8th grade graduation, which this year is on Friday June 14th. Please reply to Catherine Farrington ( if you can assist with one or more of the following areas:

  •  A parent to make a cake or order and pick up a cake at BJs or Shaw’s.  Cake should feed 80 people and have the graduate’s names written on cake.
  • A parent to make 16 small bouquets, from locally cut flowers, for the graduates.  Each bouquet should be about 2-3 blooms plus greens tied with ribbon. (The bouquets are usually kept in a large bucket next to the podium and given to the graduate after he/she has given his/her speech.)
  • A parent to take home cloth napkins after graduation to wash and return.

TSA will reimburse for all items including either the cake ingredients or a store-bought cake.

Students helping with celebration preparations and/or cleanup will get community service hours.

Time Capsules for Eighth Grade StudentsEighth grade students have received a Time Capsule envelope.  Their job is to fill the envelope with fun and meaningful mementoes from middle school and to turn it in for safe keeping by the end of the school year.  The envelopes will be filed away for four years.  On the last day of the student’s senior year time capsules will be delivered to students (if a student has changed schools we mail him/her the envelope).  Opening the time capsules together with old buddies from the middle school is always a fun and meaningful experience. Parents are encouraged to contribute by writing a letter to their student to put in the time capsule.  The letter can include hopes, wishes, congratulations or anything else you imagine your student would like to read when they are graduating from high school.  The more effort put into the time capsule now, the more fun it is to open four years from now.  Filled time capsule envelopes can be returned to Pam Ward at any time before the end of the school year. (Admittedly, we receive some late ones, including some come in during the summer and beyond.  The important thing is to get it done!)

MS Graduation is coming up!  The Sharon Academy Middle School Graduation Ceremony has been intentionally designed to support the goals of our mission.  Students are publicly recognized for their strengths, thanked for their efforts, and honored for the transformation they have undergone during their middle school years.  All eighth grade students are required to speak and are expected to reflect on their own personal growth, and to appreciate the supporting role that others have played in their lives. Additionally, the Graduation Ceremony provides a forum for the 7th and 8th grade to perform the choral work that they have been practicing for the prior ten weeks.  We recognize that the ceremony is long, and while we have trimmed the ceremony a bit from recent years, we have consciously decided to continue our tradition of having each student speak and to have their advisor speak about them.  We ask that family members come with the understanding that our graduation program is an integral part of our curriculum and to help us to support our students in this important transition to high school.

  • All students are expected to attend this event on June 12th 6:30 – 9:00 PM.
  • Both the seventh and eighth grade will be performing a choral program.
  • Each 8th grade student will be giving a short speech. Students will be given time at school to write their speech. They should also be writing and practicing their speech at home. We will begin the speech writing process at school at the end of May.
  • Students are expected to dress slightly more formally than casual school.
  • Please consider bringing a bottle of water and a snack to make your evening more comfortable –there also will be some refreshments available during the ceremony.
  • Dessert will be served following the ceremony.

End of school year middle school dates to remember:

Please note that the date for the 7th grade Spanish fiesta has been changed  to June 8th.

  • June 4th – Middle School Science Fair in the evening (6:30 – 8:30)
  • June 5th – 8th grade Spanish Fiesta – need to bring in a dish to share – more information coming.  Need to plan ahead due to Science Fair being night before.
  • June 5th, 8th and 9th – SBACS for all students.  See above for more information.
  • June 8th – 7th grade Spanish Fiesta – need to bring in a dish to share – more information coming.
  • June 11th – Eighth Grade Field Trip.  Seventh grade has regular school day.
  • June 12th –  Last day of school.  Dismissal at 2:00.  Middle school graduation celebration 6:30 – 9:00.  All students should attend.

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High School News

High School Graduation – Food Donation Reminder: We are celebrating our high school graduates on June 14th at 1pm. If you have responded to our request for food donations – THANK YOU! A confirmation email has been sent to everyone who responded. You will receive an additional reminder email next week. We are counting on everyone to follow through with their donations, if your ability to meet your commitment changes, please let Angelique know so she can accommodate the change.

Summer Reading: We will soon be sending you information on Summer Reading assignments.  Stay tuned.

Review Day Schedule:  Monday, June 8 is our Review Day.  Here is the schedule for that day:

  • 8:15AM  to  9:10AM     A
  • 9:15AM  to  10:10AM   E
  • 10:10AM to 10:35AM Break
  • 10:35AM to 11:30AM   B
  • 11:35AM to 12:30PM   F
  • 12:30PM to 1:20PM   Lunch
  • 1:20PM  to  2:15PM    C
  • 2:20PM  to  3:15PM    D

Exam Week Schedule: Click here to download a schedule for exam week.



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 


The Sharon Food Shelf and the Sharon Church need window washers and students to transport perennials to the Flower Sale at Baxter Library on Friday, June 5th. Supplies will be provided for this work. For more information, please contact Carol Sheldon at .

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Summer Opportunities

Green Mountain Soccer, directed and coached by TSA alum Grayson Levy ’13, is offering a series of summer soccer camps to children ages 6-12 as well as a camp dedicated to middle schoolers.  These summer camps are excellent opportunities to brush up on your soccer skills and be ready for the fall soccer season.  The camps are fun and affordable.  Check out our website and sign up for a camp:  Here is a sign up sheet you can print and send in also.

July 7-11, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Price: $275
Instructors: Kate Gamble, Miriah Wall, Holly Westling
Students will practice modern technique, choreographic principles, floor barre, yoga, and learn about healthy eating to support your body. For students ages 11-18. Information about camps, classes, workshops and events can be found at

Session 1: July 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Session 2: July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Price: $400 (includes all activities, healthy snack daily, lunch on Tuesday, and materials)
For ages 10-15 years. Young people will engage in movement, exploration, and hands-on activities while discovering the meaning of mindfulness and the art of living well. Daily activities and discussion encourage them to connect with their bodies and minds, and to understand how they can have an impact on their community and environment in playful, creative, and thoughtful ways. Activities include: Yoga and dance, cooking with Ian Heins from Carpenter and Main restaurant in Norwich, VT, a visit to High Horses Therapeutic Riding with an opportunity to ride a horse and learn how this group helps people with physical challenges, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, gardening, art and more. Information about camps, classes, workshops and events can be found at

2015 Theatre Summer Camps at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in S. Pomfret! A variety of camps for kids ages 9 – 18.  Take your acting, singing, and dance training to the next level with scenes and hit musical numbers from theatre favorites. Camp options include: James and the Giant Peach, The Lion King, The Jungle Book and Mamma Mia!  Space is limited, so register today! | 802-457-3500

For more information, please contact Diana Mellar at or




Community Events

Sharon Library Annual Book, Plant, and Pie Sale:  This annual sale allows the library to buy new books and fund programs, such as providing books to students at The Sharon Academy during the year. Saturday, June 6th, on the lawn of the library 9-3 pm. (Rain or Shine). Thank you so much for your support!


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  • Kitchen/Pantry 3 positions. Working with our team of NECI graduates and industry professionals. See if the restaurant business is right for you AND get paid!
  • Dishwasher 3 positions (we love our dishwashers!)  Room to move up or just make some extra $ this summer, could become year round on weekends.
  • Housekeeping. 2 Key positions. Learn the ropes of running a hospitality business from the ground up! Hours 10:00 – 3 pm.

We have a flexible schedule for students and really enjoy a great atmosphere where we work hard and have fun!  802-295-6077  Ask for Alex, Executive Chef/Owner or leave message with contact info. 802.295.6077 The Parker House, 1792 Main Street Quechee.