The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 20, 2014

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 20, 2014

In this Issue:

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

April 2014

Weds  2 TSA Talks day and Winter Carnival at the HS.  See HS News below
Fri  4 MS and HS Conferences – no school HS and MS
Thurs  10 MS Open House, 6:30 pm
Mon – Fri  14 – 18  Spring Break
Fri 25 Taking Flight Gala, 6:30 – 11:00 pm.  See General News below
Sat 26 Family Arts Day, Noon – 4:00 pm. See General News below



Clara Henderson ’16 has progressed to the finals for Poetry Out Loud!  She is one of 10 competitors (out of nearly 5,000) who will be performing on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 pm.  She will be reciting the following selections: Domestic Situation  by Ernest Hilbert, Life  by Edith Wharton, and Requests for a Toy Piano by Tony Hoagland. You can watch the competition live at

Congratulations Juniors for all of your hard work on your Exhibitions!

Thank you Shayla Livingston, TSA class of 2003, for leading the amazingly informative discussion at last week’s Face to Face, Heart to Heart discussion around the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  In her capacity as the VT Youth Risk Behavior Survey Coordinator and Public Heath Analyst, Shayla led the panel on a discussion of teenage risk-taking behavior, both at TSA at in the state as a whole.  It was wonderful to have her back at TSA, and our community appreciated her insights!


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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Upcoming Events

Cafe Night – Our next Cafe Night will be on Thursday, March 27th at 6:30pm.  We invite you to come early to participate in the fundraising dinner at 5:30pm.  The proceeds from the dinner will be used to buy books that will be given to our Seniors as graduation presents.  Alumna parent Toni Hover runs these dinners, and choses the books for each senior, based on their personality and interests.

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.  Check out the photos on TSA’s Facebook page:

Blood Drive:  On Wednesday, April 9th, The Sharon Academy will be holding the second Blood Drive of the year. This Blood Drive will be from 11AM to 4PM, with a goal of collecting 34 pints. If you’d like to donate, an appointment can be made on, or can be scheduled by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Anyone who’s 16 or older is encouraged to come and donate! 16 year olds will need a parental consent form, but 17 year olds will not. Feel free to contact Sadie Dutton ( or Colby Stevens ( with any questions. Please spread the word, and we hope to see you April 9th!


Taking Flight Gala: Please join The Sharon Academy on Friday, April 25th from 6:00pm – 11:00pm as we host our second annual Taking Flight Gala. The night will include cool jazz with Sabrina Brown and Fred Haas; dancing with the Starline Rhythm Boys – a hot rocking swing band, and a live and silent auction with many wonderful items to bid on. Cash bar and delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds from the gala tickets and auction sales will support the art program at TSA.  Please visit to buy tickets or for more information, including a full schedule and information on auction items (vacation homes, gourmet food, amazing art, and more….).

Free Family Arts Day at The Sharon Academy On Saturday April 26, join us for The Sharon Academy’s Free Family Arts Day for all ages.  From noon – 4:00, TSA will host a bevy of talented local artists leading free interactive workshops.  Workshops include:   Potato Printing with Finnie Trimpi, Jewelry with Connie Coviello, Collage with Todd and Greta Binzen, Stiltwalking with Jay Mead, and Fiber and Felting with Janet Cathy.  All workshops are open to the public. TSA students will provide entertaining performances and exhibit their art throughout the day. Delicious food will be available for purchase.  To learn more, including a full schedule for the Free Arts Day, please visit our website:


General News

Sneaker Drive: Deniz and Justice are  looking for donations of sneakers to send to South African children who lack footwear. Please consider donating sneakers that are in good shape – clean, not torn, and not stinky. Winter boots and hiking boots are not needed. Please place sneakers  in the box in the lobby of the high school by April 10th. The sneakers are to reach South Africa through a South African man who has been staying in the US for a long time but who goes back to South Africa periodically. Thank you very much for your donation. If you have questions please email at us at   or

HS Architecture Elective: Check out what the High School Architecture got up to during the 2nd marking period:

If you use Amazon: Please consider using the Smile Amazon website.  If you select TSA as your charitable organization, we will receive .5% on eligible purchases.  Please click here for more information:  To sign up, follow the “Get started” button on the information page, and type “Sharon Academy” in the search box.   Once you sign up, you will receive an email from Amazon with further instructions.  Remember, TSA only receives a donation when you start from

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!

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






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Phoenix News

 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 began its circus interim on Monday, March 17th.  Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures arrived early on Monday morning to unpack a large truck filled with circus props and equipment.  During the next 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.   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.

Boxes Needed:

Students will be collecting and storing their individual costumes in cardboard boxes.  We need cardboard boxes ASAP that are approximately 12” X 12” x 16”

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:

Posters have been sent home with students who have signed up to post them at specific locations.  Thank you for helping your student to hang these posters ASAP.

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 March 17th) 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 25:
  • Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie Stew (gluten free, no crust – has potatoes)
  • Zucchini Ratatouille (without eggplant)
Portal on the new website for TSA Families:  Helpful Hint: the majority of the information you will need as a TSA Family should be available through our “Students and Parents” portal near the bottom of the website.  Just click on the photo of the hands holding the ball to get to contact information for all TSA HS teachers and staff, many of the forms you may need on a regular basis, and information on student travel.
Electives:  The descriptions of electives for the fourth quarter can be found by clicking here:    Students should sign up for their choices by Friday, March 22nd.

Attendance Reminder:  Students and families, please remember to let all of your teachers and Cynthia know if you are planning on being absent for any reason.

Preparing for College Parent Night: This night is for the families of 9th and 10th graders, and will be led by Kimberly Barnhart, Director of College Advising. She will provide parents with an overview of the college advising process at TSA and talk about what students and families can be doing now to prepare for life after high school.

Special Schedule for Wednesday, April 2: We have special events planned for our students on Wednesday, April 2nd while teachers are completing report cards. Following on the success of our last TSA Talks day, we have again scheduled a morning full of dynamic speakers (schedule of speakers to follow in next newsletter). Students will get to choose two sessions to attend in the morning. After the TSA Talks sessions, Student Government has planned a Spring Carnival, full of games and activities for all of our students. Please note – students are expected to attend school on April 2nd, just as they would any other day. Attendance will be taken.

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

At the HS: We need students to help on Thursday after Cafe to get the HS ready for Friday’s circus.  We also need people to help park cars on Friday from 4 – 7, and Sat from 3 – 6.

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

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Sharon resident students who will graduate this year are eligible to apply for the Reginald Lee Blair Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a high school graduate of Sharon to support continued education. Send applications (available outside KBs office) to Vivian M. Moore, 107 Fales Farm Road, South Royalton, Vermont 05068.  They are offering two $1,000 scholarships for 2014.

Scholarships ranging from  $3,000 to $15,000 annually:

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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.


Summer 2014 A Musical Theater Day Camp for ages 7-14: Participate in theater games, have fun, and perform in an original full-length musical. See for more information. Enrolling now! (Space limited). Deadline for students aged 12-14 applying for leads is April 30th. Location: Chelsea Town Hall. August 4-16 2014 9:00am – 3:30 pm

Foresight Leadership & Sustainability Initiative at Oberlin College (FLSI@Oberlin). For more information:

Summer Engineering opportunity for girls:

Brown University offers courses in leadership and environmental leadership in the summer. For more information, see
Syracuse University offers summer college for high school students. For more information, visit
Adelphi University’s summer program is for rising juniors and seniors who can earn college credit in: nursing, business, creative writing, gaming, musical theater or physics. For more information, see
Washington University in St. Louis offers 40 different undergraduate summer courses for high school students in a variety of subject areas. For more info, see



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