The Sharon Academy Newsletter, May 20, 2016

Posted by on May 20, 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

To make a submission to The Sharon Academy’s newsletter, please click here and complete the online submission form.



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 20 No School – for HS In-Service & MS High Five Recovery
Thurs 26 Alumni Day – 11:00am – 2:00pm
Thurs 26 Cafe Night – Dinner Served at 5:30pm
Fri 27 MS Semi-Formal at The Royalton Academy, 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Mon 30 Memorial Day – No School
Tues 31 HS Final Exams


Wed 1 HS Final Exams
Thurs 2 MS Science Fair – 6:30pm – 8pm
Thurs 2 Paying For College Night – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Fri 3 HS 4th Marking Period Ends
Thurs 9 8th Grade Class Trip
Fri 10 MS 3rd Trimester Ends
Fri 10 Middle School graduation celebration – at TSA High School, 6:30pm – 9:00pm  All students attend.
Sun 12 HS Graduation – 1:00pm – 5:00pm



Senior Class Gift: After a brief snow delay last Friday, it was revealed that the Senior Class had given TSA two new tether balls, a very large swing, and a black board for our school communications in Moore Hall (The Pit).  Thank you class of 2016!

Congratulations to  Claire Jenisch ’18, Annabel Lapp ’17, and Emily Weatherill ’18 (Maunder Trio)
 entered the Young Tradition Vermont’s Showcase Competition. After a campaign to gather enough votes to be invited to the finals on May 14th in Burlington along with other talented young musicians from around Vermont and Canada, Maunder Trio brought home the top prize.  They won it all!  Congartulations to Claire, Annabel, and Emily!


General News

TSA Middle School Food and Hunger Newsletter:  The students at The Sharon Academy Middle School have spent the last several months studying food and hunger on a local, national, and global level as a part of the school’s Integrated Curriculum. Each student researched specific issues relating to food and hunger that interested them individually and compiled what they learned in a newsletter. This collection of articles is intended to educate our community about the intricacies of this important topic from different perspectives. Just as researching these articles has informed our students about food and hunger, and encouraged them to examine more deeply the choices they make about food, we hope this newsletter will help you to do the same.  You can view and read the TSA MS Food and Hunger Newsletter at:

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

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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:

The Ultimate team won two games this week: 
Tuesday against Burlington and Wednesday against Hanover – Great job Ultimate Team!

The Sharon Academy JV baseball team had a come from behind walk-off win to beat Whitchester 13-12 at home on Tuesday. The Phoenix, who improved to 3-2 with the victory, came back from a 12-7 deficit to win on a triple by Aidan Trimble. Trimble finished the game with five hits, including three for extra bases, as well as four runs and four stolen bases. The Phoenix play on the road at Thetford on Friday before a busy week of three games to end the season next week. [Reported by Cal Hale ’18]


Phoenix Sports Upcoming Games and Meets:

Track and Field:
May 21          Saturday                   Fairhaven      Away              4:00pm
May 25          Wednesday              Windsor         Away              3:30pm

May 26          Thursday                   Rice              Home             4:00pm

JV Baseball:
May 20          Friday                        Thetford        Away              4:30pm
May 23          Monday                     Chelsea          Home             4:30pm
May 25          Wednesday               Thetford         Home             4:30pm

We are nearing the end of the school year, but there’s still time to come out to a game, match or meet this coming up next 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

NEW TSA MS SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER HIRED: 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 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.


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

Final Exam Week Schedule: Click here to download a schedule for exam week.

All Community Service Reporting is due June 1st – students, if you haven’t kept up with this please be sure to report your hours here:  Community Service Reporting Page

Arrrrghh! There’s Pirates Comin’ to TSA!
 It’s official. . . next year’s interim production has been chosen by the directing team and this year’s juniors, and its’ Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance”, the first time TSA has entered into the field of operetta!  This year’s rising seniors wanted an experience that would challenge their talents and test their teamwork, and would break new ground for TSA musical productions. After much soul searching and dialogue, “Pirates” rose to the top, or should I say, appeared from the deep!  There will be much news later about our progress. Auditions for students interested in lead role will be Wednesday, May 25, after school. While lead roles historically go to seniors, current freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to audition, both for the practice, and because smaller roles tend to be assigned to students who came to the auditions. Complete audition information is posted on the wall in Moore Hall.

The TSA film making elective, taught by Blake Fabrikant, has a YouTube channel
to showcase our film student’s talents. You will see original class projects such as cinematography reels and film adaptations featured on this channel.

Please follow this link to access the channel:

The Orange Oasis Study Yurt is here!
The idea of converting the storage yurt into a study yurt started with Jordan Galuzzo saying, “Hey Katie, I think you should put a couch in the extra yurt and make a study space”.  And Voila the Study Yurt was born! The purpose of the new space is for quiet study, small group instruction, and a meeting place. Thanks to many students and staff at TSA who cleaned, decorated and moved furniture to make the yurt more usable. Specific shout outs go to Randy, Steve, Jordan G., Max P., Ty, Eva H., Roslyn, Amber A., Brian and Tom C. Please stop by for a clementine and check out the new orangy space. For more information, please contact Katie Vedova at


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


SPRING CLEANING? CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS! – 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

A Letter from Ellen Bagnato to Junior Parents:

Dear Junior Parents,

In January I conducted a Paying for College workshop for parents of TSA juniors and seniors. Thanks to those of you who attended.

Due to the changes in financial aid, I had schedule a second Paying for College workshop for junior parents in April but because of scheduling conflicts, this event was canceled.

After exploring many options, I have decided to share my power point for this presentation with you. Please review it, by clicking here:  Paying For College Presentation

If you have further questions or concerns, I would be happy to meet with you on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 pm. If you plan to attend please RSVP to me before May 25. If no one RSVP’s I will cancel the event.

In addition, there will be an information night focused on “Life after TSA” for senior parents on October 13, 2016. This event will not focus specifically on financial aid. Rather, it will include information on how you can support your child and what we at TSA are doing to support your child in preparing for life after graduation.

I look forward to working with all of you.

Ellen Bagnato


High School Juniors EXPLORE Camp College at UMass Amherst, July 18 -20:

  • 3-day workshop led by college mentors to help you navigate all aspects of the college application process!
  • Stay overnight in college dorms
  • Learn about the college search and application processes
  • Receive SAT exam preparation
  • Gain insight into the Financial Aid process
  • Most of all . . . HAVE FUN!
  • There is a participation fee of $20 to cover meals, housing and programming

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit

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

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Community Events

Game Card Group for all ages meets weekly in Lebanon and will meet throughout the summer. If you are a student and would like to meet up and play Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic, or anything else, please check out the details here in their flyer:
Game Card Group Details

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

We Want to Move, Make us an Offer!  Hello TSA! We are ready to move on to our next adventure and need to sell our home here in Sharon. Come visit and make us an offer. Here is a link to our listing. Randall and Mary Lee Smyth (parents of Greye Smyth ’09) more information, please contact Mary Lee Smyth at