The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 6, 2015

Posted by on Mar 6, 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

Sun  8  Clocks “Spring Forward” one hour
Thurs 12 Planning for College Night for 9th and 10th grade families, 6:30pm
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


 Welcome Back!


The Circus is Coming!Circus Signs

Get ready for another year of rollicking good fun at TSA’s Middle School Circus! Troy Wunderle, our wonderful artist in residence, will be returning to TSA Middle School on Monday, March 16th and will spend two weeks with middle school students preparing for the circus. Performances will be on Friday, March 27th (carnival at 6:00 pm, circus at 7:00 pm) and Saturday, March 28th (carnival at 4:00 pm and circus at 5:00pm). Please tell your friends and neighbors, and watch your email for important schedule information, and prop and food requests.

If you belong to a local listserve (Sharon, Hartland, Woodstock, etc) and are able to place a notice or two in the Listserve in the coming weeks, please let Amber Wylie know:  (Strafford and UpperValley Listserves are covered.)

Please see MS News below for  other volunteer opportunities.

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Congrats to the “most winningest” basketball team in TSA history! Trailing by 7 at halftime, the boys rallied to a 9 point win over Twinfield to advance to the state championship game (The game’s final score was 54-45, TSA). With a record of 20-3, this is the first time that the TSA basketball team will compete in the Finals. The championship game will be held on Saturday at noon in the Barre Auditorium. Come cheer and support our boys as they work to bring home the school’s first championship. Tickets to the game are on sale at TSA from 8:30-5:00 on Friday. The price of admission is $4 for students and $7 for adults. There are 10 balcony seats (assigned seating) for sale at $8 a piece. Please wear green or white to show your team spirit!

Congratulations to Clara Henderson ’16, whose  poem “Daddy” has been chosen by Natalie Diaz as the winner of the 9th annual Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England.  The award carries with it a prize of $500. Additionally, the poem will be posted on the Smith College Poetry Center website, and she (along with the three finalists) are invited to read the poem on stage at Natalie Diaz’s poetry reading, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.  Since she is in Germany she cannot make it to the reading so she will have a friend read it for her.

General News 

Ring Found: A ring was found in the girl’s bathroom during a basketball game.  Janice has it in her office.  If you can describe it, you can have it.

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

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Alumni News

Caroline Atwood (’12) was recently awarded a travel fellowship from the National Foundation of Science Writers (NASW) to travel to the annual meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of Sciences  (AAAS) in San Jose, CA this past February. In addition to getting to mingle with science writers and interview with some major publications (Nat Geo!), Caroline got to do some press for the conference. She ended up getting my first national coverage piece. It can be found here!


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

Social Studies Project: All students should have now completed their outlines for their research papers and be ready to start writing the papers this weekend.  The rough draft of the papers are due next Thursday, and students should plan on working at least an hour this weekend and then 30 minutes each night next week until Thursday’s due date.  Sometimes students think that they will be able to finish the rough draft by working exclusively in class, though this is rarely the case.  It can also feel as though they “have no homework” because there is nothing specific due until next Thursday when the whole thing is due.  If you could please remind them at home to keep plugging away at the paper each night, that support would be greatly appreciated.  Also, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at or call the school at 763-2531.

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

Exhibition Updates for Juniors and Seniors: As a reminder, completing and passing both the Junior and Senior Exhibitions is required for graduation from The Sharon Academy. All Exhibitions finish with a student reflection, typically due 1 to 2 weeks after the presentation is complete.

Juniors: Paper was due Feb 9
Presentations are March 16

  • Some juniors are still developing their papers. If so, they should also be operating under a schedule they have set with their mentors. Juniors whose papers were turned in per the original schedule should have received their papers back from mentors before February vacation began.
  • All juniors should plan for presenting on schedule with their peers. Failure to present on that date means the presentation must be made up at a later date.

Seniors: Papers due March 23
Presentations are May 11

      • All seniors should be actively working on drafting their papers at this stage. They should be in regular communication with their mentors to set and maintain work pace and a goals/deadlines schedule aiming at meeting the paper date and the presentation date.

Please contact your student’s mentor or Maria Piasecki with questions regarding this process.

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 the season.  Click here to download a PDF of the form.

Driver’s Education: A Driver’s Ed class will be held this summer at TSA from June 15th to July 8th.  Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  Students will be scheduled for 6 hours of driving  during the afternoon. This class is open to TSA students only until April 17th – the Friday before April vacation.  After that date it is open to non-TSA students. There is always a demand for this class for non-TSA students, so please sign up early. To sign up please go to print the application, and send to Janice along with a $100.00 deposit made out to TSA. The total cost of the class is $650. Any questions please email Gabriella at or call 802 558 2897


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.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Hood awards a $5000 scholarship for college bound athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have spent time volunteering.  Deadline is todayMarch 6.  For more information go to
  • All VSAC scholarship applications are due on todayMarch 6. Students should be working on their essay and requesting letters of recommendation that are in the correct format.
  • The Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award is a scholarship available to graduating seniors that have a disability or debilitating illness, either physical or mental, is in need of financial assistance and is planning to attend college after graduating from high school.  One winner will receive $1000.  Applications are due March 8.  Please see Ellen for more information.

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

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Community Events & News

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

Governor’s Institute Applications Due! The Governor’s Institutes are summer programs offered in a wide variety of subject areas. Financial aid is available. This is a great opportunity! Apply now to one of the Governors Institutes at Applications are due electronically by March 11, and need recommendation letters. See Kimberly Barnhart with questions.  For more information, please contact at or visit

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

First Annual Richmond Middle School Camp Fair: Students and parents from all over the Upper Valley are invited to drop in to meet with representatives from camps from all over NH and VT to explore summer camp opportunities of all different kinds for students in grades 6-8. Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 5:00-6:30 PM, in the Richmond MS Cafeteria. Hosted by Richmond Middle School Guidance.

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:

Sophomores and Juniors, start planning your summer now!  Consider a summer term at a pre-college program.  Many universities offer classes to high school students.  Pre-College can allow you to earn undergraduate credit, experience college life, and make new friends.  Talk with Ellen for more information and check out: