The Sharon Academy Newsletter, June 5, 2014

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in High School, Middle School

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Appreciations
Upcoming Events
General News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Scholarships
Summer Opportunities
Classifieds

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Mark Your Calendar

June 2014

Mon 9 HS Exam Review Day
Tues – Thurs 10 – 12 HS Exam Days
Fri 13 Field Day! Last Day of school – dismissed at 2:00pm
Fri 13 8th Grade Graduation 6:30 – 9:00pm
Sun 15 HS Graduation, 2:00 pm

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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.

New TSA Babies:  Congratulations to our staff members who have just recently had babies!

Congratulations to Stephanie and Will Davis: Nora Smoak Davis was born on May 27th. Stephanie and Will wanted to let everyone know that they are all healthy and incredibly happy.

Congratulations to Steve and Emma Basham:  Eleanor Colette Basham arrived at 9:53pm on June 1.  Everyone is well and happy.  

Welcome to the world, Nora and Eleanor!

 

sneaker DriveThank you to Mashobane Moruthane (in the photo at left with Justice and Deniz) who will bring the sneakers we collected during the Sneaker Drive to an orphanage in Thembisa, South Africa.  Mashobane lives in So. Burlington now and works at the Waldorf School in Shelburne as the gym and soccer coach.

 

 

Congratulations to the Middle School for another wonderful Science Fair full of fun, informative experiments!

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

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New Members of TSA Staff

We had a wonderful response to our recent job postings. We had a strong and impressive applicant pool. We are grateful for the time and energy that many of our applicants put into this process.

It is our pleasure to welcome the latest additions to TSA’s team for the next school year: Ellen Bagnato and Angelique McAlpine!

We welcome Ellen Bagnato to the position of College Advisor as Kimberly Barnhart moves to her new role as History teacher.  Ellen comes to us with significant experience in school counseling for students at all ages from kindergarten to graduate school.  She has worked in the Dominican Republic, Oman, and Thailand as well as in the States, in inner city schools, suburban schools, and international schools.  The breadth of her experience with students at varied developmental stages and from many different cultures gives her great perspective from which to serve our students in helping them to find their passion and discover their strengths. Additionally, her wide experience with different schools gives her a rich context from which to represent TSA to colleges and universities.

We are also delighted to announce that Angelique McAlpine will be joining the Development Team this Fall as our Development and Volunteer Coordinator.  Angelique, mother of Cassie Lee ’13 and Dejah Lee ’15, has been volunteering regularly for the Development Team for years now as a graphic designer, and is excited to be able to continue to contribute to the school.  Angelique will be coordinating many of TSA’s events, development and marketing initiatives, and will also work to strengthen TSA by organizing our volunteer program.  Angelique brings a wealth of experience in community organization, project management, social media and graphic design.  She will be working part-time in the Development and Communication office, as Jenn Hayslett shifts her focus to securing more grants and larger financial gifts for the school.

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General News

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!
Dress Code Reminder: As the weather continues to warm, we ask you, our families, to help students follow the Dress Code at TSA. Here are excerpts from our Handbooks to remind you of our expectations:
Middle School: Students should be prepared every day to participate in activities both outside and inside the building. Students should wear (or bring) clothing that allows them to move freely and stay warm. If girls wear dresses and/or shoes with heels, they should bring alternative clothing. Students should have at least one pair of shoes that they can exercise in safely. In addition, clothing should not be distracting, frightening, disrespectful, suggestive, too loose, too tight, or too short (for example, low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, exposed underwear, bare midriffs). If necessary, students will be asked to change their clothes. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats may be worn in school during break times but not during classes. We ask parents to oversee these guidelines.
High School: Students are asked to dress appropriately. Clothing cannot be distracting, frightening, disrespectful, suggestive, too loose, too tight, or too short (for example, low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, tube tops, exposed underwear, bared midriffs). If necessary, students will be asked to change their
clothes. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats may be worn in school at the discretion of staff. We ask parents to oversee these guidelines.
Fundraising for Justice: Many of us have had the opportunity to get to know Justice (our exchange student from Kenya) this year and have been touched by his presence. When Justice returns home, he will be attending high school in Kenya for another two years. Each year of school will cost $350. TSA’s Community Service club is working to help Justice pay for his future education. The goal is to raise $700. To this end, the Community Service club is hosting a penny war within the school. Additionally, if you are interested in making a contribution, please contact Jill Gramling (jgramling@sharonacademy.net).

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.

Looking for a host family for a semester: Carol Harry, a TSA parent and a PAX representative, is looking for a family to host a Kenyan exchange student named Frederick for a semester. Frederick is 16 years old is one of 11 children. He lives with his mother and several of his siblings in a tiny Kenyan village. Fredrick is a serious student with aspirations of going to medical school and becoming a surgeon. “I will also help the poor by building them hospitals and schools for them to be educated and have good health.” He loves soccer and volleyball, but most of all he loves being with people. He describes himself as polite, kind, and hardworking. “I also like playing, but at the right time and at the right place.” Fredrick looks forward to living with an American family to learn about the culture and schooling system and better understand the differences in lifestyle. “I want to bring good information to my fellow Kenyans about life in the U.S.” For more information about hosting Fredrick contact: Carol Harry, Local PAX Coordinator at 802-763-8014 or tylumo@yahoo.com.

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Middle School News

7th grade parent volunteers urgently needed! Eighth grade graduation is right around the corner! It is traditional for the parents of 7th grade students to organize the food and flowers for the graduation ceremony. We need a small group of 7th grade parent volunteers to organize this process and set things up on graduation evening. ( Friday, June 13th). Please see attachment (http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/MS-Graduation-Revised-check-list.doc) for the list of jobs that need doing. One overall coordinator who organizes the other volunteers is most efficient. Please contact Catherine Farrington cfarrington@sharonacademy.net ASAP if you would be willing to organize the 8th grade graduation and/or take on one of the jobs on the list. Thank you!

Volunteer bakers needed: We need a few parents to send in cookies for the last day of school picnic. Please contact Catherine Farrington (cfarrington@sharonacademy.net) if you would like to bake cookies for this event. Thank you!

Dress Code Reminder: As the weather continues to warm, we ask you, our families, to help students follow the Dress Code at TSA. Here are excerpts from our Handbooks:
Middle School: Students should be prepared every day to participate in activities both outside and inside the building. Students should wear (or bring) clothing that allows them to move freely and stay warm. If girls wear dresses and/or shoes with heels, they should bring alternative clothing. Students should have at least one pair of shoes that they can exercise in safely. In addition, clothing should not be distracting, frightening, disrespectful, suggestive, too loose, too tight, or too short (for example, low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, exposed underwear, bare midriffs). If necessary, students will be asked to change their clothes. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats may be worn in school during break times but not during classes. We ask parents to oversee these guidelines.

End of school year middle school dates to remember:

  • June 5th: Middle School Science Fair in evening (6:30 – 8:30)
  • June 12th: Eighth Grade Field Trip. Seventh grade has regular school day.
  • June 13th: Last day of school. Dismissal 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

Caps and Gowns: Seniors have been given their cap and gown for graduation.  Please remove them from the bag and hang them to get the wrinkles out.  After graduation we would like to get the gowns back, maybe caps too, so we can reuse them.

Exam Week: Exam week is June 9 – 13. To see a full schedule of the week, along with requirements for students, please click here: http://sharonacademy.org/2014-high-school-exam-schedule/.
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:
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

Part-time Office/Building Cleaning Position Opening For The Town of Sharon: The Town of Sharon has an immediate opening for a part-time Office/Building Cleaning Position. The position is responsible for weekly cleaning of the Town Office Building for approximately 2 to 4 hours per week. Interested individuals should complete an Employment Application and/or a submit a resume to Town of Sharon Selectboard, P.O. Box 250, Sharon, VT 05065-0250 or Selectboard@sharonvt.net.
September 28-30 Writers Workshop: Edie Farwell is hosting writer and teacher Lisa Jones, author of Broken: A Love Story, for a writing intensive September 28-30 in Norwich. All levels of writers welcome to improve your writing or to reframe your lives in a more positive light.  For more information see

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Scholarships

Class of 2014: residents of Royalton, Sharon, or Tunbridge: the Heartland Lions Club and the Rising Sun Lodge (Free Masons) each offer scholarships, ranging from $600 to $750. Applications are outside KB’s office.

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Summer Opportunities

Note: many colleges offer summer courses for credit to students. Talk with KB about programs or refer to our older newsletters for postings.

 

Dartmouth courses: Rising seniors who are planning on taking a Fall 2014 Dartmouth class should note the registration deadline is August 15. Please contact Kimberly Barnhart at Kbarnhart@sharonacademy.net for the registration information and put “Dartmouth Fall Term 2014” in the subject line.

Essay Contest: The Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science is sponsoring an essay contest for high school students. More information can be found here: http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/isec-2014#.U44DRZRdXhU

Want a Great Intercultural Experience this Summer? For five summers volunteer host families have welcomed students (14-16 years of age) from the Basque region of Northern Spain into their homes. This Basque-Vermont connection, which was started up by the Wellspring School has produced some wonderful experiences and friendships for both the students and the families. As a host family you would welcome a student into your home from June 25th to July 20th, treating them as one of your family and having them join in with your summer plans. Each host family will receive a stipend to help pay for food and any activities that you might do with the student. The program will also give a donation to the Sharon Academy of 300 euros (approx. $400) for every TSA family that hosts a student. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family to get to know another part of the world and at the same time enable a student to improve their English.For more information please email: Jools Skeet at skeet.browning@gmail.com or Sally Hostetler at wallynut@aol.com

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