The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 13, 2014

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
General News
Taking Flight
Phoenix News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Community Events
Summer Opportunities


Mark Your Calendar

March 2014

Mon – Sat 17 – 29 MS Circus Interim
Mon 24 One Act Performance at TSA HS, 6:30
Tues 25 Rescheduled: The Division II Preparing for College Parent Night, 6:30.
Weds 26 HS 3rd MP Ends
Thurs 27 Cafe Night, 6:30pm
Fri 28 No School HS Only – In-service
Fri – Sat 28 – 29 Circus Performances
Mon 31 No School, MS Only



Emma – We are thinking of you and hoping you heal quickly.  We miss you!

Congratulations to Andy Bando-Hess ’15, Steve Davis ’14, Tanner James ’15 and Suzie Moses ’15 for being selected to the Central Vermont League Basketball All-League 2nd Team.

Eleanor Frost ’17 has been accepted to NOLS’ (National Outdoor Leadership School) competitive summer program for this summer. Congratulations!

Please join us in thanking TSA Alumni parent Miriam Rubin for all her delicious lunches over the years.  Through Famished Phoenix, Miriam provided our high school students with healthy lunches twice a week.  Miriam is moving to Maine, and  we wish her a fond farewell.  Welcome to Lisa who will be taking over  Famished Phoenix’s lunch  service.

Thank you to Chris Babcock for donating a wonderful bass to the High School for our students to play.

Clara Henderson ’16 has been chosen as one of eleven semi-finalists for the eighth annual Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England for her poem “car radio dies, thinking ensues, cosmos widens”. Congratulations!

Reminder to Students: Remember to enter your accomplishments and activities on Naviance to keep track of them
for that time when you are applying to college or special programs!

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General News

One Acts, a note from Charlie: “The discouragement of not being chosen at last weekend’s regional play festival does not stop the TSA Phoenix, which rises from the ashes even more beautiful. In that spirit, the intrepid cast and crew of our one-act play, “Success” will present the fruits of their labors on Monday, March 24 at 6:30pm at TSA high school. The play runs less than an hour, and is more suited for those who like serious situations and thoughts (you’ll laugh, but it’s not a comedy overall). The adjudicators for the regional festival were effusive in their praise for the actors’ characterizations, their projection, and most of the stage business.  All-Star cast honors went to Ben Hayslett, Amos Byrne, Liz Mulvey, and Izzi Byrne. There is no charge for the play, but we’ll leave a hat out for appreciative contributions!

Family Fun at The Sharon Academy’s Circus!  Join in the fun at The Sharon Academy Middle School Circus on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29!  For the eighth consecutive year, middle school students from The Sharon Academy (TSA) will be performing their circus at The Sharon Academy High School on Route 14 in Sharon.  Troy Wunderle, Big Top Tour Artistic Director of Circus Smirkus and the Director of Clowning for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has returned to TSA to lead the students in creating a hilarious circus which consistently draws huge crowds.  Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival – a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children.  Two performances: Friday, March 28th, Carnival starts at 6:00 pm, Circus starts at 7:00 pm. Saturday, March 29th, Carnival starts at 4:00 pm, Circus starts at 5:00.  $3 admission.  Light refreshments will be available for purchase.  Fun for the whole family.

Blood Drive:  April 9 is the next blood drive at The Sharon Academy.  More details to come.

Barbershop Singing: Alumnus John Marshall will be leading a men’s barbershop group over April break in Hartford.  Contact John for more information.,   802.272.0830


The Taking Flight Auction:

Requesting Donationsbird

The Taking Flight gala on Friday, April 25th will include a live and silent auction to raise funds for TSA art programming. Last year’s auction was great fun, raised a lot of money, and included many items donated by our many parents. If you have anything you would like to donate to this year’s auction (see examples below), please contact Amber Wylie at 802.763.2500 x120 or
  • Vacation spots – a week or weekend at your family’s vacation place
  • Food – cook and deliver a lovely dinner for four or bake a loaf of your special bread each week for a month.
  • Skills – offer an energy audit, a band performance, etc
  • Odd Jobs – Wood Stacking/Delivery or interior/exterior house painting
  • Instruction – offer a one-on-one course on fly-fishing, yoga, etc
For more information, check out our website: or email Jenn Hayslett,


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Phoenix News

Even though it still looks like winter, spring sports are just around the corner. Ultimate Frisbee starts this Monday, March 17th  from 3:30-5:00 in the TSA high school gym. The practice schedule for that week can be found on the TSA athletics website. The Track and Field team starts practice on Monday, March 24th at 3:30 in the gym as well.


Middle School News

For the next two weeks please closely watch for TSA e-mail alerts and for the weekly TSA Newsletter to learn how you can help with the circus,
and to keep abreast of important scheduling information.  The following information will be updated often, so please keep scanning for new information.

General circus news:

Hello Families of Middle School Students –

The middle school will begin its circus interim on Monday, March 17th.  Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures will arrive early on Monday morning to unpack a large truck filled with circus props and equipment.  During the following two weeks, Troy will mentor students through the creation of an hour-long show that will be performed in the high school gym on Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th.  Academics will continue on a part time basis until March 19th. From then onward school days will be devoted entirely to circus preparation.  Please closely watch your email and the weekly newsletter to learn how you can help and to keep abreast of important scheduling information.  Please also note that on Monday, March 31st the middle school (only) will not have school.  This is our circus recovery day.

Student Early Birds Needed:

We need at least 6 student volunteers to arrive at school at 7:10 on Monday morning, March 17th to help Troy unload his circus equipment.  Students who participate will receive an hour of community service for their efforts.  (No need to tell us ahead of time – just show up at 7:10)

Addresses Needed:

Your student has been asked to come up with three names and addresses of friends and/or family members to whom we can send an invitation to the circus. Please assist them with this task ASAP as sending out postcards is great publicity for the circus.  Students will be held accountable for participating in this activity receiving credit in language arts class.

Costumes and Props:

Each student will be responsible for getting together his/her own costume.  A list of needed items will be emailed home in upcoming newsletters. Please watch for this information and help us gather needed items.  This year Carol Harry (Ty Gagliardone’s mom) will be organizing costumes.  She may be contacting you for specific costume needs.

Drums needed:

If you have a drum such a tabla or conga drum and are willing to lend it to the middle school for 2 weeks please send it in ASAP.

Poster Publicity:

Students will soon be given circus posters and will be assigned a particular location where they should be hung.  Again, your assistance is requested and most     appreciated.

Scheduling Information:

  • Thursday, March 27th – Students should be dropped off regular time at the middle school but picked up at the high school at 4:00 PM.
  •  Friday,  March 28th – This is the day of first carnival (6:00 PM) and circus performance (7:00 PM) Students should be dropped off at the high school in the morning, regular time (by 8:15).  They will stay through the day and will not go home before the circus. They will need a lunch and snacks, but not dinner. They also will need all of their costumes and props on this day.
  • Saturday,  March 29th – This is the day of the second carnival and circus performance. Students should be at the school at 1:00 PM. The games will start at 3:45 and the circus at 5:00. Students will need to bring a snack on this day. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY AT LEAST A HALF HOUR AFTER THE SHOW (until about 6:40) TO HELP WITH DISMANTLING AND CLEANING UP OF THE CARNIVAL GAMES. Please schedule in this extra half hour of time when arranging pick up rides for your student.  (Other students and parents will be staying longer for a more widespread cleanup.)
  •  Monday, March 31st – Circus recovery day.  No school for middle school students and staff.

Volunteers Needed:

Please contact Catherine Farrington at or at 763-2531 if you can take on one or more of the volunteer tasks listed below.  Your name will be posted on a spread sheet in upcoming newsletters if you  have signed up. Keep an eye on the spreadsheet and let us know if we have made  an error.

Parent Volunteers needed –

  • To help with set design, building and/or painting.  The days we mostly need help are Thursday and Friday of the first week (wk of March17th) and Mon, Tues, Wed. of the 2nd week (week of March 24th).    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.
  • To coordinate, buy, cook, set up and clean up food during the circus.  We will assign you a specific job when you call.
  • To help before the show on Friday, March 28th 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 mostly after the circus (from 8:00-8:30).
  • To help before the show on Saturday, March 29th 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 at about 8:00 – 9:00 PM.  Students will be awarded 1 hour of  community service for helping.
  •  To 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

Lunch Menu

March 18:

  • Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Stew
March 25:
  • Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie Stew (gluten free, no crust – has potatoes)
  • Zucchini Ratatouille (without eggplant)
Summer Driver’s Ed: Is open to TSA students only until April 11th, the Friday before April vacation. After that date, the enrollment will be opened to non-TSA students. As the class is filled on a first come, first served basis, it is advisable to enroll early. The class runs from June 16th – July 9th, 2014. For more information, and to print the registration form, go to To register, print the form, check the “TSA Summer” box on page 2, and bring to Janice with a deposit check for $100, made out to TSA.


Community Service Opportunities

Childcare: The Sharon Elementary could use students to help with childcare between  5 – 7pm on March 18th.  The job includes caring for preschoolers and 3rd and 4th graders, and would take place at Sharon Elementary.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jill Lloyd (Mallory’s mom) who is the school nurse at Sharon Elementary.  Her number on Tues, Weds, and Thurs is 763.7425, or at home  802.436.2385.

Farmer’s Market Help:    The Sharon Sprouts Farmers’ and Flea Market could use some volunteer help for this weekend’s Great Sharon Chili Cook-off all in one! This Saturday, March 15, 10-1 at Sharon Elementary School.  Call Donna Foster at 802 763-8280 for information.

Theater Company: The newly formed “raw Shakespeare Company” needs the following for a production this summer: 1) Two lighting assistants to help hang, focus and run lights for a production in late June. 2) A designer and carpenters to construct a 12 foot long x 10 foot wide thrust stage that is three feet high.  It must include a working trap door and stairs within it in order to access/exit the hollow space. Please contact Michael Barnhart (Kimberly’s husband) for more information at

Green Up:  Sharon needs volunteers to help with Green Up day on May 3.  They day will begin at the town garage.  If you are interested, please talk with either Michael Livingston or Janice Stumpf.

Taking Flight: Jenn Hayslett and Amber Wylie are looking for volunteers to help with many aspects of the The Taking Flight events. Examples include photography, set up, greeting guests, helping to serve food, and helping artists with their workshops. Please contact Amber Wylie if you are interested:

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Community Events

Sharon Farmer’s Market: The Sharon Sprouts Farmers’ and Flea Market and Great Sharon Chili Cook-off all in one! This Saturday, March 15, 10-1 at Sharon Elementary School. There will be 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.

Artistree events: Artistree in Woodstock has many exciting events and programs this winter. Check out for more information.

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Gifford Scholarship: Seniors who life in the towns near Gifford Medical Center and are interested in pursuing a career in nursing or allied health are eligible for a scholarship through Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary. Applications are available on the bulletin board outside KB’s office. 
Sharon Masonic Lodge scholarship: Class of 2014 students who live in Sharon are eligible to apply for the Sharon Masonic Lodge scholarship. Copies of the application were put in their cubbies. See KB for more details.
Students who are a member of Members Advantage Community Credit Union are eligible for a scholarship of $5000. For more information, see the scholarship application on the bulletin board outside KB’s office. 
American Legion: Students whose parent, grandparent, step-parent or step-grandparent are a member of the American Legion family are eligible to apply for a scholarship. The deadline is April 15. See the application on the board outside KB’s office.

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Summer Opportunities

Note: many colleges offer summer courses for credit to students. These are a small sampling of the opportunities available.

The Mathematics Department at Dartmouth College and the Center for Mathematics Education at Dartmouth are pleased to announce two summer enrichment workshops for local high school students. Here is a chance for students to interact with mathematicians in a fun, non-graded environment. For more information please visit:

Free cyber security summer program at Dartmouth College! This five day workshop is available to high school students. Please note that applications, including a teacher recommendation, are due April 22. More information can also be found at:

Short College Courses at Vermont Tech (VTC) on Food Production: During 2014, the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems will offer food processing courses are designed to teach farmers and aspiring farmers how to increase the profitability of food by processing it into cheese, yogurt, liquor, beer, sausage, honey products and more. All of these courses are less than three weeks long and offer an intensive educational experience. Each of these courses includes food safety, science, production and cash flow analysis components, and every program will connect students with Vermont’s best food entrepreneurs. Additional courses cover topics in animal husbandry, plant and soil science, mechanical systems, and agriculture business administration methods. For more information, see: 

Dual Enrollment through a Vermont State College (VSC): town-tuitioned students may take up to two free courses through the VSCs beginning as early as the summer after 10th grade. Privately tuitioned students can take courses at a reduced rate. See Kimberly Barnhart or for more details.

Boston University Summer Term High School Programs:

Montana State University-Bozeman offers a wide variety of online and on-site courses. For more information, see

Green Mountain Boys’ State: TSA can send up to two delegates to Boys’ State. These are rising seniors who have leadership potential. If you are interested in being nominated, let Kimberly Barnhart know. The event is the week of June 15 – 20. For more information, see

Summer Institute for the Gifted, a program through the  National Society for the Gifted and Talented, offers wonderful enrichment programs for gifted and talented students up to age 17.

Upper Valley High School Trail Corps: The Corps connects and engages high school students from a broad cross-section of Upper Valley communities, encouraging outdoor leadership skills development for both boys and girls, working to increase participation in trail volunteerism, while having fun outdoors together. The Corps is ‘hiring’ high school students for 3 weeks in July to work on trails (a stipend is offered to the students), and also have fun. There is a solid amount of fun built into the schedule – swimming, paddling, visiting the Montshire, etc. Applications are due April 25. Please email Lelia Mellen for more information:




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Dance Lessons for Children and Adults: VT Independent School of the Arts ( welcomes TSA’s own Cora Swanberg ’14 to the 7 Stars Center on Rt 14 in Sharon to teach dance classes:

  • Explore Movement for Pre-K children! Wednesdays from 4 to 4:30pm, March 5th -26th. $15 per class or $50 for all four weeks.
  • Contemporary jazz/movement for adults (highschool and older, beginners-intermediate): March 5th – 26th. Saturdays 11:30 am -12:30 am March 8th, 15, 29 and April 5th. $20 dollars per class or $70 for all four.

For more info and to pre-register email Cora Swanberg,

Belly Dance: Gina Capossela, MSW MA Dance, will teach an 8 week Beginner Belly Dance session starting Monday, March 10, from 7:45-8:45 at Barnard Academy. This is wonderful, gentle exercise. All shapes, sizes, ages (8+) and ability levels are welcome and encouraged. You don’t have to show your belly (unless you want to)! The first class is risk free and you can “try before you buy.” The class price is $120 for 8 weeks, and classes can be mixed and matched with Hanover beginner classes if you have to miss a week. Register by emailing Gina at or calling 802-282-2149. More information at