The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 6, 2014

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Appreciations
General News
Taking Flight
Face to Face, Heart to Heart
Phoenix News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Community Events
Scholarships
Summer Opportunities
Classifieds

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Mark Your Calendar

March 2014

Sat 8 One Act performance at Stowe, 6:00pm. See Appreciations below.
Sun 9 Daylight Savings – “Spring Forward”
Tues 11 Face to Face, Heart to Heart: a panel discussion on Adolescent Risk Taking Behavior in Vermont. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm See Face to Face, Heart to Heart below
Thurs 13 9th and 10th grade: College Planning Overview, 6:30pm
Thurs 13 Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition
Mon – Sat 17 – 29 MS Circus Interim
Weds 26 HS 3rd MP Ends
Thurs 27 Cafe Night, 6:30pm
Fri 28 No School HS Only – Inservice
Fri – Sat 28 – 29 Circus Performances
Mon 31 No School, MS Only

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Appreciations

Congrats to TSA’s Basketball teams!  Cumulatively, this is the best basketball season TSA has ever had. The JV Boys finished with a record of 9 and 4, which is an all-time record for wins for a TSA JV Basketball team. The Varsity Girls finished at 8 and 12, quadrupling their win total from last year.  The Varsity Boys finished their season at 14 and 7, losing a heart-breaking quarterfinal game by one point to Rochester, the defending champions.  This is the 3rd best record for TSA Varsity Boys.   GO PHOENIX!

“Break a Leg”, One-Act Cast and Crew: This Saturday, TSA invades the resort town of Stowe, Vermont to present our one-act play, “Success”, as one of five plays in the regional one-act drama festival sponsored by the Vermont Principals Association.  Due to the timing of vacation and the Europe trip, we were not able to continue the tradition of performing before we go, but we will be announcing a performance for after we return. “Success” explores the pressures that exist between following your dream career and sacrificing for the sake of long-term relationships. The Sharon Academy is sending the following students to this year’s festival: Amos ’14 and Izzi Byrne ’16, Emma Farrington ’14, Margaret Gish ’14, Marilyn Groppe ’16, Ben Hayslett ’14, Rebekah Lamb ’17, Ben Lazar ’17, Esther Lent ’16, Liz Mulvey ’14, Shiloh Savage ’15, Kyle Shekinah-Roark ’15, Stephen Usher ’14, and Ella Williams ’15.  Directing the show is Aenea Thorne ’14, assisted by Charlie McMeekin.  Our performance time at the Stowe High School is set for 6PM, and the general public is welcome!  Our play will be followed by “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” at 7:15, presented by Stowe High School. Admission is $5 for a two show slot or $3 for a single show and $10 for a family. We’d love to see you there!

Congratulations to Jenna Rice ’15, Nora Rice ’18, and Gretta Stack ’16 who created and delivered an amazing presentation, including Powerpoint, highlighting the Hartland Town Meetingpotentially devastating environmental impacts of the Tar Sands Initiative at the Hartland Town Meeting.  (There are plans in the works to send Tar Sands from Montreal to Portland, ME, using an old pipeline that runs through several towns in the NE Kingdom.)   The results were terrific! The Hartland resolution to oppose Tar Sands in Vermont passed overwhelmingly and Hartland residents gave lots of words of support during and after the presentation. Thank you, Jenna, Nora and Gretta, for your passion to make a difference in the world!

Congratulations to Clara Henderson ’16, this year’s Poetry Out Loud representative from The Sharon Academy.  She will now progress to the regional level competition to be held on March 13 with students from 17 other Vermont high schools!  Our alternate this year is Patrick Sharpe ’16, with our second alternate being Margaret Gish ’14.

Boxtops Bravo! Thank you to everyone who is faithfully sending in those boxtops4education!  Because of your work, we just send in another $110 worth of them. That’s over a thousand boxtops!  Having said that, it was humbling to learn that we come in 24th place for schools within a 25 mile radius of TSA in terms of the number we have submitted!  And there’s a school less than 50 miles from here that has already collected $8000 this year!  So this is a call-out to those of you who just don’t think it makes a difference. It does! Each box top matters! It’s never too late to start!

Kudos to the Robotics team: The Green Team 885 made it to the quarter finals this past weekend in FIRST Robotics Aerial Assist competition! They will compete again in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 13-14. The Green Team consists of students and mentors from a number of area high schools. TSA students currently on the team: Max Farrington ’18, Carl Groppe ’19, Marilyn Groppe ’17, Jacob Hudnut ’18, Otis Hudnut ’15, Emery Jenkins ’15, Meadow McGalliard ’18, Paul Roberts ’14, Kyle Shekinah-Roark ’15, and Will Tracey ’15.  To see photos, click here: http://photo.ourherald.com/week022014/h3b8661d5#h3b8661d5

Congratulations to Isabella Hotelling-O’Connor ’14 who won First Place for Printmaking at AVA’s 6th Annual Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition.  She was honored at the opening last Friday.  The exhibit continues through March 14th, and includes many pieces from TSA students.

Yankee Driving School’s Gabbi Netsch was interviewed by WCAX recently, along with a few of our students.  Check it out here:   http://www.wcax.com/story/24832266/report-examines-dangerous-vt-intersections

Mazie Hayden ’18 recently won first place in Skicross at the Revolution Tour. The tour is held in Mammoth Lakes, California and is a progressive venue for today’s top junior skiers to take the competitive stage in halfpipe, slopestyle, and skicross. The tour is designed to serve as a stepping-stone for athletes making the transition from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level. Mazie won first place overall. 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

Organic seed sale: Yes, spring will come, and you need to prepare now! Spike’s advisory is selling a selection of organic vegetable, herb, and flower seeds through the Fedco Seed Coop out of Maine.  If you are not familiar with Fedco, it is worth looking them up. They have no GMOs in their offerings. Absolute last date to bring your order forms  with checks to TSA high school is  next Wednesday, March 12th.   To everyone who has given us your orders, thank you! We would love it if this summer you would take a photo of yourself with your harvest.  We will be asking for them next year.  Here’s the link to the order form:   http://www.fedcoseeds.com/forms/tsaOG.pdf
Ride Needed: A student needs a ride home from the middle school every afternoon after school. This student lives within 3 miles of the school on Howe Hill Road. Please contact Pam Ward 802-881-1960 or 802-767-2531 or pward@sharonacademy.net for more information.
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The Taking Flight Auction:

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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 awylie@sharonacademy.net.
  • 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: www.sharonacademy.org/arts-celebration or email Jenn Hayslett, jhayslett@sharonacademy.net.

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Face to Face, Heart to Heart

Speaker Night and Panel Discussion at TSA:

Adolescent Risk Taking Behavior in Vermont: A Look at Trends and Behaviors at TSA and Across the State
Featured Speaker: Shayla Livingston, VT Youth Risk Behavior Survey Coordinator and Public Heath Analyst

On Tuesday, March 11th from 6:30-8:30pm, The Sharon Academy will be hosting a free event for parents, students and teachers. For the first Face to Face, Heart to Heart Speaker Night of the year, we have invited Shayla Livingston, the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey Coordinator and Public Health Analyst, who will be speaking about adolescent risk taking trends and behaviors in Vermont. We will be following her talk with a panel discussion which will include students, a parent, a local nurse and a teacher. The panel discussion will focus on general trends and behaviors and will be based around an analysis of Vermont’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in which TSA participated. Please bring your parents and students for a night of interesting and informative conversation! Please email any questions to Kate Sensenich at ksensenich@sharonacademy.net

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Phoenix News

The Sharon Academy is looking for a Middle School Track and Field Coach. Experience with the sport is preferred, but not required. Practices will run three days a week from 3:30-5:00 and meets will primarily be on Saturdays. Please contact Blake Fabrikant, TSA Athletic Director, at bfabrikant@sharonacademy.net if interested.

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Middle School News

After School Homework Support: Homework Support group for students is available at the middle school from 3:30-5:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please come for extra help, organizational support, a quiet work environment and access to the internet and computers.  Light snacks are provided.   Please contact Nicki Abetti at nabetti@sharonacademy.net or 763-2531 or 802-279-2826 

The circus is coming!!!  Troy Wunderle, our artist in residence will arrive on Monday, March 17th and spend two weeks with middle school students preparing for the circus, which is performed on Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th.  Please watch your email for important schedule information, prop and food requests, and volunteer opportunities.

Internet Safety:  This week, TSA’s IT Coordinator Carl Groppe will be conducting a two-session training on internet safety, cyberbullying and digital citizenship at the middle school.

 

 

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High School News

10th and 11th Parents: consider attending College Pathways ’14. This year’s events will be held at three Vermont State College campus locations in March and April, plus at select VIT sites. NEW for 2014: College Pathways at Lyndon State College will be paired with the NEK College Fair on Monday, April 7. See www.vsac.org/CollegePathways
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 www.yankeedrivingschool.com. 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.

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Community Service Opportunities

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: awylie@sharonacademy.net.

Volunteers Needed:  The Special Olympics is this weekend at Suicide Six and is a fun way to do community service.   To sign up email Holly Schuder-Chase ASAP:   flowersbygg@gmail.com.

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Community Events

Artistree events: Artistree in Woodstock has many exciting events and programs this winter. Check out http://www.artistreevt.org/ for more information.

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Scholarships

Seniors and parents: Get help on filing FAFSA (free application for Federal student aid) at vsac.org/FAFSAfirst
The Women’s Club of Sherburne introduced a Community Service Award in the amount of $1,000, which will be continued for the spring of 2014. The purpose of this Community Service Award is to recognize a Killington/Pittsfield-resident high school senior, who demonstrates impressive service and volunteer work during his or her time in high school. The primary selection criterion for the award will be community service. The application is available outside KB’s office on the bulletin board.

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Summer Opportunities

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: lelia_mellen@nps.gov

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Student Opportunities

Free Dartmouth Course – DEADLINE NEXT WEEK: Juniors and seniors in strong academic standing are invited to take a free course through the Dartmouth College community student program. Applications/registration are due BY MARCH 10. If you would like the application materials, please email Kimberly Barnhart at kbarnhart@sharonacademy.net ASAP.

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Classifieds

For sale by owner: 8 y.o, spacious, pristine cape on a sunny, quiet road with 5.7 acres of land. 3 plus bedrooms, 2 baths, extra large rec room in carpeted basement, 4 walk in closets, large laundry with all the latest appliances, wrap around deck with a valley view, and walk out basement. 3024 sq. ft.  Two car extra large detached garage with storage area and workbench. Safe neighborhood. Friendly, helpful neighbors.  Please contact Jacqueline for more information: jacqueline_1@myfairpoint.net

Dance Lessons for Children and Adults: VT Independent School of the Arts (vtisa.org) 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, cswanberg@sharonacademy.net

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 Gina@GinaDances.com or calling 802-282-2149.  More information at www.GinaDances.com

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