The Sharon Academy Newsletter, May 13, 2016

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
General News
Phoenix Sports
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
College Info
Community Events

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Mark Your Calendar


MS = middle school, HS = high school

To download a PDF version of our 2015 – 2016 calendar, please click here.

Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar


Fri 13 Eighth Grade NECAP Testing
Sat 14 TSA HS Prom – 7:30pm – 11:00pm at Barrett Hall in South Strafford
Tues 17 MS Trip to High Five – through Thursday May 19th
Thurs 19 HS All School Field Trip Trip to Boston and The Blue Man Group 
Fri 20 No School – for HS In-Service & MS High Five Recovery
Thurs 26 Alumni Day – 11am – 2pm
Thurs 26 Cafe NightDinner Served at 5:30pm
Fri 27 MS Semi-Formal at The Royalton Academy, 6:30pm – 10pm
Mon 30 Memorial Day – No School



Seniors did a terrific job presenting their Senior Exhibitions on Monday.  Their fellow students and the adults in attendance learned about myriad interesting topics from these now expert presenters.  Thank you seniors for all your hard work and sharing it like such pros!

Box Tops Earnings Top $300! 
 Thanks to all of you who methodically keep an eye out and clip the Boxtops4Education coupons on various food and household supplies and then turned them in to TSA, we just received a check for almost $300, and sent in a second round of boxtops which will take us over that mark!  What’s amazing is that since we began this program, over $2000 has been raised to support individual students with needs that no regular school can budget for or anticipate. We’ve helped students pay for licensing tests, online foreign language instruction, a college room deposit, and a few families in times of immediate crisis. It’s not earth shattering, but it is a visible statement that we take community seriously, and work to support each other when the need is there!  Thank you all! The boxtops envelope hangs faithfully outside of Janice’s office on the bulletin board, awaiting those of you who have yet to join us.  And think of it, it works for people of all political persuasions!  If you’re conservative, this is a way to stretch our few dollars even farther, eking out a dime at a time to put into our school community. If you’re to the left, it’s a chance to take from the megacorporate complex and feed the declining middle and working class!  Either way, it helps young people, and nothing trumps that!




General News

Art and Mindfulness in the Classroom, May 21st, 2016; 10:00 to 12:30pm at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret, VT is pleased to present an exciting professional development opportunity for educators of all grade levels and subject areas. Art & Mindfulness in the Classroom: A Workshop for Educators. Mindfulness teacher Florence Tolbert (TSA French Teacher and Alumni Parent), and Fiona Davis ArtisTree instructor (and also a TSA Alumni Parent) will conduct a hands-on workshop focused on integrating the practices of mindfulness and mindful art into the classroom. Mindfulness and mindful arts activities have been shown to increase student academic success and foster social and emotional wellbeing. Attached please find a flier for the workshop and an information sheet for any interested teachers.
Click here for:  Workshop Flier
Click here for:  Workshop Description

Participants will receive Certificates of Attendance. Registration is $25 per person. For more information or to register, please contact Karen Rodis at 802-457-3500 or register online at:

TSA’s Last Cafe Night and Dinner for this school year: Thursday, May 26th at 5:30pm.  
We will all be in for a delicious treat because Toni Hover, Alumni parent, will be serving dinner before the show. Dinner is by donation and all proceeds go to support the TSA Graduate Book Project for this year’s seniors. Please come to dinner, support this project and enjoy a great show afterwards!

  • TSA High School, Moore Hall
  • Thursday, May 26th
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:30 Show

For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at

Host Family needed: 5 more French teenagers to place this summer! July 6-27, 2016;
Students from France are coming to the Upper Valley to immerse into American family life with a teen that is their age and shares similar interests. They have chosen VT/NH as their destination over all other choices in the U.S. Students are selected to go abroad on the basis of their maturity, adaptability and sensitivity to other cultures. They are eager to practice speaking English and learn about our culture. As a host family, you will enjoy the rewards of sharing your daily life and culture with a French student. Opening your home for three weeks can be just the beginning of a friendship that will last a lifetime!

Families may “share” a student if necessary due to scheduling needs. Each host family will receive a Host Family Handbook to ensure success for all involved. The French students will also be prepared before the trip with an orientation meeting in France and materials that cover common cultural differences. A French chaperone will accompany the students from France and will be available during the stay to help as needed.  Merideth Jackson, will also be available to help ensure a wonderful experience for all involved.

Call or Text 603-443-0480 or by e-mail To read more about the program visit

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Phoenix Sports

New Special Offer:  TSA Sports Booster Club Local Business Savings Card are now Half Price! Get your card for just $10 from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at:

Phoenix Sports Results:

High School JV Baseball

Reported by Cal Hale ’18 about the game on May 10: The Sharon Academy Baseball team suffered a 9-0 loss on the road at Harwood. The Phoenix struggled at the plate but Aidan Trimble had two hits for the visiting side. Strong pitching from Kyle Hedgepeth and Caleb Eastman prevented Division 2 Harwood from getting big innings. The teams have a rematch in Sharon on Friday, May 13, at 4:30. Go Phoenix!

Ultimate Frisbee 

The Ultimate Team had three games and a tournament this past week. They had an away game on Thursday, May 5, against Lyndon, and won 15-7. This past weekend there was a tournament in Montpelier and they placed tenth. On Tuesday, May 10, they had a double header. They played Longtrail and Middlebury and won both games. The game against Longtrail they won 11-6 and the game against Middlebury they won 13-9. Great job Phoenix Frisbee! Keep it up!

Track and Field

Highlights of the CVC Qualifier yesterday at Hanover reported by Coach Kevin Gish:
Although we only had one qualifier for the championship meet (Chris Gish ‘16 in the 3200m), our young team had multiple personal best performances in their individual events, including:

  • Marguerite Souligny: 200m
  • Sami Husain:  800m and 1600m
  • Joe Campbell: 100m and 200m
  • Richard Morrill: 100, 400m and long jump

These continual, gradual improvements are great progress towards our team goal of getting each athlete qualified for the State meet in at least one event. Congrats on your great meet! Great Work!

Phoenix Sports Upcoming Games and Meets:

High School Baseball:
May 13,  Friday Harwood at Home, 4:30pm
May 17, Tuesday Whitchester at Home, 4:30pm
Ultimate Frisbee:
May 17, Tuesday Burlington/Brattleboro at Home 4:30pm
May 18, Wednesday Hanover Scrimmage at Home 4:30pm
Track and Field:
May 14, Saturday at Fall Mountain 9am-12pm

We are nearing the end of the school year and there are lots of home games coming up this week.
Please come out and support a Phoenix team!


Pick-Up Sports Available to HS Students:

  • Pick-Up Girls Soccer every Wednesday after school
  • Pick-Up Boys Basketball every Tuesday after school

You can get even more TSA Phoenix Sports News and Pictures on the TSA Athletics Booster Club Facebook Page:

You can also check out pictures of Phoenix Sports events at: – it does require a Shutterfly Registration – but it is Free!



Middle School News

After receiving 47 applications for the new social studies and electives teacher at the middle school, Fallon Abel was chosen to be our new TSA MS teacher in the fall.  Fallon lives in Thetford and has worked in a variety of educational settings in the past.  She has led trips for Farm and Wilderness, worked as a classroom teacher in western Massachusetts, and taught yoga at the Kripalu center.  We are so excited to have her join our team and look forward to seeing her energy and passion in the middle school in the fall.

End of school year MIDDLE SCHOOL dates to remember:

  • May 17th-19th – Middle School goes to High Five Outdoor Leadership Center in Brattleboro. Leave at 8:15 a.m. on the 17th.  Arrive back in Sharon by 5:30 p.m. on the 19th.
  • May 20th – NO SCHOOL. High Five recovery day/Teacher In-Service
  • May 27th – Middle School Semi-Formal at the Royalton Academy   6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • May 30th – NO SCHOOL. Memorial Day
  • June 2nd – Middle School Science Fair. Students arrive at the middle school by 6:25 p.m.  Fair: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • June 6th –  7th grade Spanish Fiesta – students bring in a dish to share – more information coming.
  • June 7th – 8th grade Spanish Fiesta – students bring in a dish to share – more information coming.
  • June 9th – Eighth Grade Class Trip.  Seventh grade has regular school day.
  • June 10th – Last day of school. Field Day & Barbecue. End of 3rd Trimester.  Dismissal is at 2:00 p.m.
  • June 10th – Middle School graduation celebration at TSA High School. 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  All students attend.

8th Grade Standardized Testing:  on May 13th eighth grade students only will be taking the Science NECAPS from 8:15 am – 12:30 pm.
This is a paper test and will be in the same format that students are accustomed to, having taken NECAPS for several years.  Please help your 8th grade student get a good night sleep and eat a hardy breakfast.

High Five Outdoor Leadership Program:
 This is a reminder that students will attend the High Five Adventure Learning Center in Brattleboro, VT on May 17th, 18th and 19th.  Students should be reviewing the packing list and getting ready for our trip.  Please make sure your student comes to school on time on the 17th (by 8:15 a.m.) for a prompt departure.  Please let us know ahead of time if you need assistance with the packing list.  We have a stash of extra sleeping bags and clothing.   Please click here for important trip information and the packing list:  Packing List

All outside reading and book cards are to be completed before the deadline of Tuesday, May 31st.
Students can begin turning in book cards soon so they can “pass” before the deadline. This is a process that can take a few weeks.

Science Fair!  
Students have begun work on their science fair projects.  The following links provide everything you need to know about this project including timetables and criteria sheets.  Your student also has a hard copy of this information.  Click here to view: Timeline,  Grading Criteria, and Written Work Criteria

Vermont’s Standardized Testing for TSA’s 7th and 8th Graders. On June 3rd, 6th and 7th
 TSA middle school students will take Vermont’s standardized test – the SBACs (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) – for Math and Language Arts. These tests will be administered mostly on computer. In preparation for the testing, please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep, eat a good, healthy breakfast, and to bring their best effort to the test. Students may bring a water bottle and a book to the testing. Please make sure your student is on time for school.

Also, please note that these tests are required by the state. Any student who misses any part of the tests will have to make them up at a later date. PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP IF YOUR STUDENT IS GOING TO MISS ANY SCHOOL ON THESE DATES.

TSA MS 8th Grade Graduation is coming up! Date: June 10, 2016. 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
The Sharon Academy Middle School Graduation Ceremony has been intentionally designed to support the goals of our mission. Students are publicly recognized for their strengths, thanked for their efforts, and honored for the transformation they have undergone during their middle school years. All eighth grade students are required to speak and are expected to reflect on their own personal growth, and to appreciate the supporting role that others have played in their lives. The Graduation Ceremony also provides a forum for the 7th and 8th grade to perform the choral work they have been practicing, for ten weeks, under the direction of Kevin Quigley. We recognize that the ceremony is long, and while we have trimmed the ceremony from recent years, we have consciously decided to continue our tradition of having each student speak and to have teachers speak about each of their advisees. We ask that family members come with the understanding that our graduation program is an integral part of our curriculum. Please help us to support our students in this important transition to high school.

  • All students are expected to attend this event on June 10th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Both the 7th and 8th grade will perform a choral program.
  • Each 8th grade student will give a short speech. Students will have time at school to write their speech. They should also be writing and practicing their speech at home. We will begin the speech writing process at the end of May.
  • Students are expected to dress slightly more formally than a normal day at school.
  • Please consider bringing a bottle of water and a snack to make your evening more comfortable. There will also be some refreshments available during the ceremony. Dessert will be served following the ceremony.

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High School News

TSA HS Prom 2016: Sat. May 14th; 7:30-11pm at Barrett Hall, South Strafford. 
Students and staff at TSA are cordially invited to this year’s Prom which will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 7:30pm-11:00pm at Barrett Hall in South Strafford. Tickets are $25 and are paid for by the Annual Fee charged to students. Tickets for TSA students will be available starting Monday, May 2nd at a table in the pit during lunch as well as in Kate’s office.  Students will need a ticket to gain entrance to the prom. If TSA students would like to bring guests (1 guest per TSA student) the guests will need to pay $25.00 for a ticket. Guests will also need to be registered with Kate Sensenich before May 13th with their full name, school, phone number, as well as a parent or guardian’s contact information.

Prom Volunteers and Donations We Need:
Veggie, Fruit and Cheese Platters (2-3 of each)
Savory Finger Foods
Sweet Finger Foods
White Holiday lights
White Table Cloths
Tall glass vases
White fresh flowers (any variety)
(Please label all items clearly with your last name)

We are also looking for some set-up and clean-up help!
Set Up times: Saturday, May 14th 10am-3pm, Barrett Hall
Clean-Up Times: 11pm-11:45pm, after the Prom

If you can help our prom committee with any of these requests, please contact Kate Sensenich at

Upper Valley Portfolio Day at AVA Gallery; Tuesday, May 17;
 The Upper Valley Counselor’s Association of Vermont & New Hampshire is excited to announce the first Upper Valley High School Student Portfolio Day on Tuesday, May 17 from 10 am – 1 pm at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH. The purpose of the event is three-fold:

• Give high school students and college representatives the opportunity to interact and exchange feedback on student art portfolios.
• Give high school students and parents the opportunity to learn more about post-secondary opportunities to develop and enrich student art.
• Allow high school students and working artists to interact and learn from one another.

High School Students from area high schools who are interested in the arts are encouraged to attend with or without their parents and bring samples of their artwork. TSA students should talk with their art teachers or Ellen for more details about attending

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at

HS Field Trip:  
The entire high school will be traveling by bus on Thursday, May 19 to Boston to see Blue Man Group.  If your student is NOT going, please let Janice know ASAP so we know the number of tickets we will need. Also contact Janice if providing money for dinner is a challenge, or with any questions. 

HS Field Trip Schedule:
11:00am leave TSA
1:30 – 3:30 Quincy Market (students can bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch in Boston)
4:00 – 6:30 Blue Man Group (1hr 45 min)
6:30 – 8:30 Dinner – students will need $15-$20 for dinner (TBA)
8:30 – Board bus for home
10:45 – Hartland students dropped at Bus Station in WRJ (1 bus only)
11:00pm – Arrive TSA


Alumni Day will be held May 26th from 11am to 2pm.
 We are hoping to have many alum return to the TSA HS for a day of sharing their experiences with TSA Students and Staff. Some Alum will share with students what life is like after after HS, some will share with students about their HS experience and the road ahead, and others will share with staff and faculty their reflections on their experience at TSA.  We look forward to seeing our TSA HS Alum soon!



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.

Students:  Want to fill out our Community Service online form? Click here


The White River Partnership is having a tree planting event this Saturday, May 14 from 9-11am at the Spring Hollow Road buyout site in Bethel (132 VT Rte 12). All of the event details are on our website; click here for: WRP Web Site. We’ll have at least 100 trees and 500 willow stakes to plant, so we’d welcome anyone who wants to help.

– Collecting Used Clothes: bring those clothes to school! Hand off those wonderful loved clothes to someone else! Ellee Barker ’20 will forward them on to the LISTEN CENTER & GOOD BUY thrift stores. Preferance for spring and summer clothes please! Clothes will  be collected throughout the month of May. Any questions contact Ellee Barker at

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Scholarships and College Info

For previously posted scholarship information, check out the TSA web site at: Scholarships

Summer Classes at CCV:
 CCV has a wide variety of classes available throughout the summer. This is a great way to use your FREE dual enrollment classes and get college and high school credit, explore your interests or brush up on how to apply to college by taking the free Intro to College Studies class.

Special 1-Week ICS in Late June: CCV is excited to have a 1-week intensive ICS course on our campus once again this summer. It will run June 20-24 from 9:00-3:00 each day. It’s a great way for students to access the program and then move on to other summer plans. Interested students can register until June 15 and self-enroll online at

Regular Summer Classes: Registration for summer classes ends on Friday, May 20 and most classes begin on Monday, May 23. It’s definitely still doable for high school students to complete the registration process, but it’s important that they contact CCV soon to get things in motion. Fall registration has also started, so you’re welcome to refer students for that semester as well.

Students who are interested in a dual enrollment classes need to take these steps:

1. Look up their course options:
2. Complete the dual enrollment application:
3. Complete the online application to CCV:
4. Schedule a time to speak with an advisor & take the Accuplacer assessment. They can do so by calling 802-295-8822

Reginald Lee Blair Scholarship for Sharon Residents
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 o the community, a commitment far beyond the requirements of his position in the school. The scholarship provides a one time stipend for formal, long-term, post-secondary education for a Sharon graduate. Deadline for submission is 7:00 pm on Monday, May 16. Application materials are attached or can be obtained from Ellen Bagnato. Click here for the attached: ApplicationFor more information, please contact Pamela Brackett at 802-763-7355

Scholarship for Royalton, Sharon and Tunbridge Residents:
The Heartland Lions Club is excited to offer a scholarship opportunity to senior high school students who live in Royalton, Sharon or Tunbridge. This year, the Lions Club is awarding five $600 Scholarships. All completed forms should be submitted by MAY 18, 2016. If have any questions, please call Michelle at (802)3-2554 or email YOu may also obtain an application from Ellen.

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Community Events

Shakespeare in the Park Summer Theatre Camp being offered in Hartland this June. It promises to be a great/fun way for teens to spend part of their summer and is open to all students, 7th – 12th grade, in the Upper Valley. R.J Crowly, the director, has depth and breadth of knowledge and experience with theater and Shakepeare as well.  He also has a natural ability to work with young people.  For more information, click on the program flyer here:  Shakespeare In the Park Flyer

Teen Internship at The Montshire:
 Summer teen internships are available at The Montshire Museum in Norwich.  Positions require a two week commitment with the potential for additional work if desired. Shifts are 4-5 hours. Weekend work is required. You must have transportation to and from the Montshire Museum. Internships are unpaid, but fun and rewarding. You must be enthusiastic about science, personable, and responsible. For more information, please contact  at  or visit

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Lawn Mowing and Property Maintenance: TSA junior Jacob Mayer is looking to grow his local lawn mowing and property maintenance business and expand services to more customers. He is especially looking for more lawns to mow for the summer season. That being said, he also offers the following services and more, let him know what your needs are!

  • Professional quality lawn mowing and trimming
  • Spring yard clean ups
  • Brush cutting/chainsaw work
  • Weed whacking
  • Mulch delivery and installation
  • Tree planting/light gardening

For more information, please contact Jacob Mayer at or (802) 356-9230


Sharon House for Rent:  3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house for rent in Sharon. 1,650 square feet. Beautiful cape with southern exposure and ample passive solar. This is a high efficiency home with solar hot water. A deck faces south overlooking a pond, a north facing screened in porch allows for cool outdoor summer evenings. There is a greenhouse on the property and well established garden beds with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and grapes. A wood stove heats the entire house (uses 2 cords/season to heat entire 1650 sq. feet, except during the bloody cold winter of 2014/15 we used 2 1/2 cords), but there is propane backup heat, propane range and propane washer/dryer. Very private setting. Excellent internet reception. There is a small basement apartment that is currently rented. The tenant wishes to stay on. Tenant splits cost for lawn mowing and snow plowing – a great benefit in Vermont! Rent: $1,750.00. For more information, please contact Isa Oehry at (802) 345 – 5966 or or visit