The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 13, 2015

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue:

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

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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


March 2015

Mon – Fri 16 – 28  MS Circus Interim
Mon 16  Junior Exhibitions
Fri 20  End of MS second trimester
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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Good luck Juniors:  Good luck to all of our juniors who are presenting on Monday!

Thank you Suzie Moses ’15 for singing the National Anthem so beautifully for the basketball season.

Poetry Out Loud: With poet Robert Burns’ statue holding court outside the Barre Opera House, 17 students from around the state gathered for the semi-final round of Poetry Out Loud. Among the favored few was TSA sophomore Taite Clark, who earned the honor by winning the local competition among seven other TSA reciters. Depending on whether you’re a poet or a sports enthusiast, the competition was fierce, or the opportunity for hearing rich poetry recited well was abundant. Taite recited Thomas Hardy’s Channel Firing in round one, and Cornelius Eady’s Empty Dance Shoes for round two.  And while he was not chosen to go on to the state finals, both sophomore Kaelan Heston, who was TSA’s alternate reciter, and teacher Charlie McMeekin agreed that he represented TSA well, and got the biggest crowd reaction of the day for his humorous presentation of The Empty Dance Shoes.  Congratulations, Taite!

Congratulations to our All Star basketball players:  On Saturday at Windsor High School, join us in cheering on TSA’s players in the Senior North South All Star game. At 11:00, cheer on Suzie Moses  in the girl’s game.  At 1:00, cheer for Andy Bando-Hess, Tanner James, and Brandon Tracy.  Extra congratulations go to Mallory Lloyd for making the Dream Dozen – the top 12 underclassmen in Division 3&4.  We are the only school in the state to have 3 seniors on one team!

Congrats to our Varsity Boys who have been the “winningest” basketball team in TSA history and the first basketball team to make it to the State Finals.

Thank you to Claire Crowley ’15 for your work as our announcer at home game – getting the crowd excited and announcing the starting line ups.


General News 

Workshop for Parents: TSA Alumnus Sam Drazin ’06 is leading a parent workshop “Raising the Empathetic Child: Talking About Disabilities” on Sunday March 15 1:00-2:45. In this workshop for parents, participants will examine how children may view people with disabilities and provide strategies to engage children in meaningful conversations that promote awareness and inspire empathy. Instructor Sam Drazin is an educator and founder of Changing Perspectives, an educational nonprofit which develops disability awareness programs. Cost is $30.00 To register visit: Open Door – 18 North Main Street – White River Juction, VT. 904-626-5284 or

Payment Reminder: Unless you have made prior arrangements, all tuition and fees should now be paid in full.  Statements were either emailed or mailed on the 4th of March.  Please pay your account in full at your earliest convenience.  All accounts (those making monthly payments) must be paid in full by May 1st.  Please contact Janice Stumpf if you need to set up a payment plan. or 763-2500 x 105.  Thank you!

High Drama Hits TSA!  Absurd: At 7pm on Thursday evening, March 19, come join the madcap antics of this year’s one-act play,The Bald Soprano. Seniors Silas Farwell-Mead and Ella Williams, juniors Robin Chadwell and Quinn Thomashow, sophomores Alex Binzen and Tray Fisk, and freshman Kian Kaufman tackle this famous contribution to what has become known as Theater of the Absurd.  It has been an absolute riot to rehearse, and we can safely ensure that you’ll be every bit as able to understand this play as we are! There is no admission charge, although sometimes we remember to leave out a basket for donations! It’s all very discrete.  We’ll probably be in the pit, but maybe in the gym.

The cast heads off on Saturday the 21st  to our regional drama festival at Lamoille Union High School.  We are scheduled to perform in the same block as Milton High School, a program known for consistently high quality theater. They’ll be performing Beowulf, a play they have created themselves using Seamus Heaney’s translation. Milton’s performance is set for 1:30, and TSA follows immediately after them, most likely at 2:30, and we’d love to see you there as well.

After our TSA performance, it’s tradition to invite the audience to be able to ask questions and make observations about the production. You will be the only live audience the students will face before they represent our school in front of the casts of six different schools (Whitcomb, Essex, South Burlington, Stowe, Milton, and Lamoille). We’d love your support.

Questions? Connect with Robin Chadwell or Charlie McMeekin. But we will not tell you who turns out to be the bald soprano, but we might let you know who Bobby Watson is!

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Phoenix News

Calling All Ultimate Frisbee Players:  The TSA Ultimate season will start Monday, March 16th in the TSA gym. Monday’s practice will be from 3:30 to 5:00, practice times for the rest of the week TBD. No commitment is required for the first week—just give it a try! Please bring CLEAN sneakers and athletic clothes if you want to play.

Softball: Whitcomb Jr. & Sr. High School in Bethel welcomes TSA Students in Grades 7 through 12 to join our Junior High and Varsity Baseball and Softball Teams.   Varsity Teams are restricted to having no more than 20% of the team from outside schools which would translate to 3 to 4 players, roughly, per team.   No restriction for Junior High.   Varsity practices begin in Bethel on March 23rd.  Junior High practices will begin shortly thereafter.   Interested Students may contact Debra Leahy at


Middle School News

Early birds needed!   Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures will be arriving at 7:00 AM on Monday, March 16th.  We need students to help unpack his truck.  Students who arrive by 7:10 on Monday to help with this job will get awarded community service time.

The circus is coming!!! The middle school will begin its circus interim on Monday, March 16th.  Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures will arrive early on Monday morning to unpack a large truck filled with circus props and equipment.  Then, during the following two weeks, Troy will mentor students through the creation of an hour long show. Academics will continue on a part time basis until March 18th. From then onward the remaining school days will be devoted to circus preparation.  Please watch the newsletter closely to learn how you can help and to keep abreast of important scheduling information. Please also note that the circus will be performed in the high school gym on the evening of Friday, March 27th and the afternoon of Saturday, March 28th.  Let us know ASAP if your student cannot be present on either of these circus dates as each student plays an important role in the circus performance.  Middle school students do not have school on Monday, March 30th following the circus.

Would you like to join the circus? (The following information was sent home earlier)

Please contact Catherine Farrington at or at 763-2531 if you can take on one or more of the volunteer tasks listed below.

Parent Volunteers needed to:

  • Help with set design, building and/or painting. The days we need help are Thursday and Friday of the first week (March 19, 20) and Mon, Tues, Wed. of the 2nd week (March 23, 24, 25). Carpentry skills are in high demand.
  • To monitor and spot students as they learn circus tricks. We will not know the specific times spotters will be needed until about 8:15 each morning. If you hang out at the school we will have plenty of other jobs to keep you busy. Just call and tell us what days and times you want to come in.
  • Coordinate, buy, cook, set up and clean up food during the circus. We will assign you a specific job when you call or email.
  • To help before the show on Friday, March 27th from 5:30 – 7:00. We need one parent to count people coming in the door, two to sell tickets and one to sell circus equipment before and after the circus from roughly 8-8:30.
  • To help before the show on Saturday, March 28th from (most likely) 3:30 – 5:00. We need one parent to count people coming in the door, two to sell tickets and one to sell circus equipment before and mostly after the show from 6:00 -6:30.

Parent AND STUDENT Volunteers needed to:

  • Help with light clean up after the show on Friday 8:00 – 9:00 PM. Students will be awarded 1 hour of community service for helping.
  • Help with heavy duty clean up after show on Saturday evening. This cleanup will take about 2 hours from 6:00 – 8:00. Students will be awarded 1 hour of community service for helping (Students who do sustained work can petition for 2 hours)

Thank you!

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High School News

Junior Exhibitions: Monday, March 16, 2015 It’s Junior Exhibition time again! This year’s Juniors are presenting on topics as diverse as ”The Superstitions of Sailors” to “Sensory Isolation Treatment” and “Learning to be Empathetic”. For a full list of topics, please click here.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with TSA’s Junior Exhibition process, here’s a primer:

TSA students are required to complete and present two exhibitions, one in each their junior and senior years. Exhibitions prepare our students for life beyond high school by encouraging students to work independently, think creatively, synthesize information from a variety of sources, research complex topics and confidently present to an audience. In addition, exhibitions allow students to research deeply into a subject about which they are passionate. In effect, students get to design (and subsequently teach) their own course in the topic of their choosing.

Exhibitions contain a written, visual and oral component. Assessment is based on all written material as well as the knowledge and skill demonstrated in an oral presentation. Exhibition topics are chosen by the students with guidance from the faculty. Presentations are given before an audience of faculty, peers and community members.

Please join us in wishing our Juniors well on their exhibitions!

Physical Education Credit for Skiing:  Please remember that if you are wanting to get Physical Education credit for skiing or boarding on Wednesdays, you need to get your form signed by Andrew Lane and return it to Brian Tonks by the end of this week.  Click here to download a PDF of the form.



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.


Continuing Postings

  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission awards five, $1000 scholarships annually to high school students pursuing career and life choices consistent with the vision and values of vibrant and sustainable communities. Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2015. For more information, please see Ellen.
  • The Auxiliary of Gifford Medical Center offers a scholarship to area students pursuing a career in nursing or in the fields of allied health. The amount of the scholarship varies. The application requires two letters of reference and an essay. deadline is May 12, 2015. See Ellen for more details and an application.
  • The Sharon Masonic Lodge offers a scholarship of $500.00 to students pursuing post-secondary education who are residents of Sharon, Vermont. An application and essay are necessary. Deadline is May 1, 2015. Please see Ellen for more details and an application.
  • 2015 Sherburne Womens Club Community Service Award. This is a $1000 scholarship for students who are permanent residents of Killington or Pittsfield.  Applicant will be selected according to volunteer work, community service, extracurricular activities and dedication to others.  Application deadline is April 15, 2015. For application and more information see Ellen.
  • The Heritage Family Credit Union offers four $1000.00 scholarships to students attending a college, trade school or university in 2015. For application information contact Ellen or visit the Heritage Family Credit Union website.
  • 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 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

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

Sharon Sprouts Farmers’ Market and Chili Cook-off:   Need Community Service Hours?!  This is one of the best events to help out at!!  Call Donna Foster at 802 763-8280 for information.  See Community Events and News for more information about this event.

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Community Events & News

Sharon Sprouts Farmers’ Market and Chili Cook-off:  The Sharon Sprouts Farmers’ and Flea Market and Great Sharon Chili Cook-off all in one! Saturday, March 14, 10-1 at Sharon Elementary School. We will have a wide variety of farm offerings, “inexpensive curios” and selection of handmade crafts; FREE activities for children; and a Chili Cook-off lunch with all the fixings from 11:30-1pm for $5.  Help judge the BEST CHILI IN TOWN!  Or make the BEST CHILI IN TOWN – entry is free and entrants eat free!  Need Community Service Hours?!  One of the best events to help out at!!  Call Donna Foster at 802 763-8280 for information.

Event Info:
Date: 03/14/2015;
Event times: 10am-1pm;

Mountains and Rivers Forever Camp: Going Wild With Senses: Summertime.  School’s out.  Days are long, nights are warm.  Mountains and Rivers beckon us outdoors.  It’s time to explore the woods, the sky, and ourselves.   A time to work, restore, and play upon the land.  If you are a young adult between the ages of 11 and 15, we invite you to join the Mountains and Rivers Camp for woodcarving, art, swimming, cooking, exploration, and hiking.July 27-31 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily)with an overnight camping trip August 1-2. At Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. For more information, please contact Kat Robbins at or 802-760-7532 or visit  For a PDF of the brochure, click here.

Event Info:
Date: July 27-Aug 2, 2015;
Event times: 9-4;
Event price: $275

2nd Annual Regional Youth Summit: The Youth Summit is a meaningful opportunity to have a constructive discussion with peers and adults from the region about YOUR community and how you can take action and work collaboratively with those who share the same goals. People of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs together develop the skills needed to create positive change for communities and become leaders amongst peers and neighbors. March 21st, 2015 at The Woodstock Inn. 9am-4pm. This is free to students.
For more info, visit

Call for artists: After a successful first season, CSArtUV* is pleased to announce a call for artists to launch our second season. From performances to paintings, artists of all disciplines who are currently living and working in the Upper Valley Region of VT and NH will be considered. Selected artists will receive a stipend to produce a series or run of 25 pieces to be sold as “shares” to patrons, enthusiasts and collectors. Interested artists should email to receive the artist application. Application deadline has been extended until March 15, 2015.

*What is CSArtUV? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art Upper Valley (CSArtUV) is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. Learn more on our website:


Summer Opportunities

Summer Academy at Green Mountain College: Think about summer. Think about Green Mountain College’s Vermont Summer Academy.  This is a great way for high school students to pursue an interest, make new friends, get a feel for independence and what it’s like to live away from home on a college campus.  Areas of Focus:  Adventure Education, Culinary Arts, Forensic Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Pre-law, Pre-Med/Biology, Veterinary Science, Writers Workshop, Studio Arts:  Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Environmental Studies and Renewable Energy Ecological Design (REED). For more information, please go to:
Session 1: Sunday July 12 – Saturday July 25
Session 2: Sunday July 26 – Saturday August 8

Trail Corps: This will be the third year of the Upper Valley High School Trail Corps. The Corps connects and engages high school students from a broad cross-section of Upper Valley communities, encouraging female and male outdoor leadership skills development, working to increase participation in trail volunteerism, while having fun outdoors together. The Corps is ‘hiring’ high school students for 4 weeks in July to work on trails, and also have fun. We offer a stipend to the students. Because we are not paying them much, we make sure there is a solid amount of fun built into the schedule – swimming, paddling, visiting the Montshire, etc. More information and applications can be found on  Applications are due May 1.  For more information, contact Lelia R. Mellen, (802) 457-3368 x 14 

Rosie’s Girls Residential Leadership Camp with STEM focus: Vermont Tech is pleased to announce its brand new Rosie’s Girls Residential Leadership Camp with STEM focus (five days/four nights), June 22nd to June 26th for girls entering 9th and 10th grades (fall 2015) – Randolph Center Campus. Modeled after Rosie’s Girls Day Camps (Vermont Works for Women:, this new STEM focused leadership camp will provide a positive, safe, supportive, girl-centered environment, with teamwork and healthy body image – with tons of fun woven in! It will help build strong, powerful, confident young women through hands-on exploration of STEM activities in areas as: engineering, architecture, computer technology, firefighting, horticulture and the skilled trades as construction/carpentry; followed by a mentorship program. Financial aid is available, so no girl should hesitate to apply because of cost. Please visit our website link for additional information and application forms at: