The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 26 2015

Posted by on Mar 26, 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

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


Weds 1 HS 3rd Marking Period Ends
Thurs 9 HS Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day – No School HS
Sun 12 Taking Flight Free Family Arts Day
Fri 17 Taking Flight Gala
Fri 17 MS Student/parent/teacher Conference Day – no school MS
Mon-Fri 20-24 April Break



Upcoming Events

Tonight: Cafe Night and Dinner!

Dinner at 5:30*, Show Starts at 6:30.  Come join in the fun with your classmates.

* Dinner (by donation) will be lovingly provided by Alumni parent, Toni Hover, who organizes the Graduate Book Project every year, which provides our graduates with gifts of books that have been picked out just for them and relate to their own interests and goals.

Tomorrow and Saturday: The Circus

Circus 2015

Both performances will be held at The Sharon Academy High School on Route 14 in Sharon:

  • Friday, March 27th, Carnival starts at 6:00 pm, Circus starts at 7:00 pm.
  • Saturday, March 28th, Carnival starts at 4:00 pm, Circus starts at 5:00 pm.

$3 admission.  Light refreshments will be available for purchase.  Fun for the whole family.

Tell your friends – we want to pack the house once again this year.
Also, like us on Facebook to see photos of the practices:




Click on the image above for more information on the Taking Flight events

Free Family Arts Day – Sunday, April 12

noon – 4:00 pm

• Interactive Arts Workshops Taught by Local Artists, Fun for All Ages •

• Student Performances •

• Student Art Show •


Taking Flight Gala – Friday, April 17

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

• Live Auction •

• Silent Auction •

• Passed hors d’oeuvres •

• Live jazz with Sabrina Brown and Fred Haas •

• Cash bar •

• Live music and dancing with Jeanne and the High Tops •



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Congrats to the cast and crew of The Bald Soprano on a fabulous performance. Our play was the only one who received a standing ovation at the One Act competition.  Additionally, Ella Williams ’15, Quinn Thomashow ’16, Tray Fisk ’17, and Alex Binzen ’17 were all named to the All Star Cast.  Tray will also represent TSA at the  State Festival with the All State All Stars, performing in an original piece directed by a NYC director!

Well done, Team 885! Several TSA students on FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 885 had good reason to be proud of their team’s accomplishments last weekend, when “The Green Team” achieved the highest match score recorded in two days of qualifying rounds at the UNH District Competition in Durham, NH and went on to compete in the quarter- and semi-finals on the first-seeded alliance.  This year’s challenge was to build a robot that could build stacks of plastic totes and/or top these with recycling containers. The ‘drive team’ is responsible for operating the robot on the competition field, and Team 885’s drive team included members from TSA, Woodstock, Randolph, and a home schooled student.  TSA’s Otis Hudnut ’16 was a co-captain; Max Farrington ’18 ran the robot’s grabbing and lifting controls at Durham; and Marilyn Groppe ’16 was the ‘human player’ at the earlier competition in Nashua. TSA students Kyle Shekinah-Roark ’15, Taite Clark ’17, Carl Groppe IV ’19, Meadow McGalliard ’18, Jacob Hudnut ’18, and Laurel Mendelsohn ’16 were also active members of Team 855.

Welcome back to the students who went to True Colors last weekend.  TSA sent 14 students, and Laurel Mendelsohn ’16 led a workshop that was incredibly well-received.



General News 

Costumes needed urgently: We are still looking for rasta hats, “fur” bomber-style hats and one wizard hat. If you have any of these, please bring them in to the High School tomorrow morning.
Vermont in the 70s: The Vermont Historical Society is looking for input about this influential decade as they collect, document, and share the history of Vermont in the 1970s. Learn more:

New ADHD research: A new study has found that “in a small clinical trial involving boys 8 to 14 years old, parents rated their son’s ability to pay attention more highly if the child’s diet was supplemented for 16 weeks with the long-chain fatty acid (omega-3) than if he got a placebo instead.”  For more information and to read the article, please click here.

Community Service Hours: Remember that Community Service write ups are due June 1.  Please also remember that you can apply for an “Excellent” in Community Service by talking to your advisor.  For the online Community Service submission form, please click here.

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Phoenix News

Baseball:  The TSA Club Baseball team will hold it’s first practice on Tuesday, March 31st after school from 3:30-5:00 in the high school gym. The next practice will be on Thursday, April 2nd from 3:30-5:00 in the gym as well. The practice schedule for the following weeks will depend on how soon the team can get outdoors. More information to follow soon. Please remember to bring clean, indoor sneakers when playing on the gym floor.


Middle School News

The circus is HERE!  The middle school is in full circus mode designing acts, practicing skills, building props, constructing carnival games and much more. Please make sure you are receiving and reading our daily circus email to update you regarding schedules and how you can help.  Thank you to parent volunteers and for help with costumes and props. 

And like us on Facebook to see photos of the practices.


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High School News

Texting and Driving: The students taking Driver Education this term will have a special event sponsored by the Youth Safety Council of Vermont on March 31st during elective.  Students will be asked to drive a golf cart on a course and will be timed.  Stuents will then asked to attempt to text while driving this same course.  The students’ time and errors will be measured.  This program has been created to show the students how dangerous it is to text and drive. Students will be dismissed from the middle school that afternoon at 3:15. For more information, please contact Gabriella at or visit



Career & College Guidance

Attention Parents of Juniors: You may want to consider attending The Central Vermont College Fair on Tuesday, March 31st at Vermont Technical College from 9:30-11:30 am. Over 100 colleges will be present.

In addition to the Career and College Advising offered at TSA, please consider the following opportunity: Free College Planning Workshops for high school juniors, sophomores & parents. Get free college planning guidance at College Pathways (and a chance to win a free iPad or a $500 college savings account!). Workshops include SAT/ACT prep & strategies, college costs & financial aid, writing application essays, finding colleges that fit & more. Reserve your spot at or call  888-943-7301 for info. Walk-ins welcome!

Pick the date and location:

  • Saturday, March 21 at St. Michael’s College (9:30 am-2:30 pm)
  • Monday, March 30 (4:15-8:30 pm) at Lyndon State College with the NEK College Fair
  • Saturday, April 11 at Castleton State College (9:30 am-2:15 pm)

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

  • REGINALD LEE BLAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: The Reginald Lee Blair Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of “Reg” Blair who as a long time teacher and principal of the Sharon Elementary School showed exceptional personal commitment to the youth of the community, a commitment far beyond the requirements of his position in the school. The scholarship was awarded first in 1997 and each year since. The scholarship provides a one time stipend for formal, long term (at least 2 full school years) post-secondary education for a Sharon graduate. Applications will be accepted until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, May 4, 2015. See Ellen for a list of criteria.
  • Sons of The American Legion Scholaraship For any student who is planning to attend a trade school or technical college and whose grandfather, grandmother, step grandparents, father, step father, mother, step mother, adopted parents or grandparents and brothers or sisters are a member of the American Legion Family (American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion) Two scholarships are available in the area.  One for $1000.00 and one for $500.00. COntact Ellen Bagnato for an application. Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • 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


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Community Events & News

Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day is a fun-filled day of mathematics with hands-on workshops and talks for middle and high school female students and their teachers, both women and men. Originally started and funded by the Association for Women in Mathematics, the purpose of the day is to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics and to assist the teachers of female mathematics students.  For more information or to register, visit or email

Event Info:
Date: May 9, 2015
Event Times: 9:30 – 3:30


Five-Colleges Book Sale: One of New England’s Largest Sales of Old Books. Usually, there are 35-40,000 books for sale – in all fields- for sale at this event. They are all in good condition and carefully sorted. Maps, prints, computer materials, CDs, videos, DVDs, Books-on-Tape, ephemera… Discounts on first-day sales over $200 (not including specials and sealed bids). Everything half-price on second day. For more information, visit

Event Info:
Event Dates: Saturday, April 18 — 9am – 5pm and Sunday, April 19 — 9am – 3pm
Event Location: Lebanon High School Gym, Lebanon, NH (handicap accessible)


Trout Unlimited, Letter from Caleb Eastman, ’18

Hello, fellow TSA students, if you don’t already know I am a board member of Trout Unlimited, an organization that helps to restore and protect fish habitat and rivers. We need help planting 500 sapling trees on the weekend of May 8th through May 10th at Billings Farm in Woodstock, VT. So if you like digging holes and sticking trees in them, this is a great community service project to do.  (It will also help the river and the trout that live in it.) If you are interested, please email me at and I will get you further details as we get closer to the date.  Hope to see you there.  Sincerely, Caleb Eastman

To read more, please click here

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


Summer Opportunities

Dartmouth Mathematics SUmmer Enrichment: 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. Topics covered will be outside of the usual high school syllabus. An exploratory approach will be emphasized. Each program will cover different mathematical topics and students are invited to attend one or both sessions.

Summer 2015 Workshops:

  • Session 1: July 20,21,22,23,24.
  • Session 2: August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Workshops will meet from 1:00 to 4:00 in Kemeny Hall on the Dartmouth Campus. Program cost for each workshop is $20.00. Contact Amy Potter 603-646-2415 for more information or to apply. Email: For registration form go to:


Sharon Elementary looking for help: Sharon Elementary’s after school and summer program is looking for kids to work or volunteer.  Additionally, Barrett Williams, the Principal, is also looking for a student 16 years or older to help with buildings and grounds this summer. The counselor in training position is grades 7-9 (un-paid). Workers are for students 16 and over to work in the after school/ summer program (paid). Volunteers for the after school program are needed this spring (un-paid)

Vermont Debate Academy: Speak with power High school debate workshop. Learn skills of debate, including:

  • Public speaking
  • Creative argument generation
  • Quick thinking

Work with successful college debaters, past and present. Participate in friendly competition, games and exercises. Experience the beautiful UVM campus in summertime.

Event Info:
Event Date: July 27th-31st
Event Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Event Location: Huber House, University of Vermont campus 475 Main St., Burlington, VT
Event Enrollment: Email to receive an enrollment form.

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




Piano for Sale: Full 88 key upright Baldwin piano from the 1970s in very good shape is for sale, especially suitable for a beginning student whose parents might not have money for piano for their child. The $200 price covers only recent repairs and tuning. Outside wood is dinged up a bit but it still sounds great. It’s on rolling casters on the first floor so it’s easy to move.  It’s about 3 feet high and perfectly cared for during the nine years we have owned it.   Ellen McAndrew 603.667.0601

Sharon House for Sale: House and garage built 2008. 2 miles from I89 on Fay Brook road in Sharon. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1000 square feet total. easy to heat, great gardens, outbuildings, nearby pond,  woods above the home. call 802 291 2064.   $175,000.