The Sharon Academy Newsletter, May 29, 2014

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Appreciations
Upcoming Events
General News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Scholarships
Summer Opportunities
Classifieds

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Mark Your Calendar

May 2014

Fri 30 MS Semi Formal
See MS News Below

June 2014

 Sun 1 All Community Service Hours for the 2013/2014 school year are due.
Thurs 5 MS Science Fair
Mon 9 HS Exam Review Day
Tues – Thurs 10 – 12 HS Exam Days
Fri 13 Field Day!  Last Day of school – dismissed at 2:00pm
Fri 13  8th Grade Graduation 6:30 – 9:00pm
Sun 15 HS Graduation, 2:00 pm

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Appreciations

We love hearing about what our students are up to! Please write to newsletter@sharonacademy.net
with news of any celebrations or accomplishments.

 

Many thanks to all of the parents who drove middle school students to and from High Five.  We had a fabulous three days and we greatly appreciate your effort to make this possible.  Thank you again! 

Congratulations to Prize Math winners!  Seniors Paul Roberts and Greta Binzen both received a Certificate of Merit.  Chris Gish ’16 placed in the top 10% in Vermont, won Author of the Best Exam Paper from TSA and  won a Certificate of Merit.

Volley BallThank you to our seniors for your “Senior Thank” –  a revitalized Volley Ball Court – is a wonderful gift that we are already enjoying.  The time you spent leveling, planting, moving rocks, and generally making the place look inviting is very much appreciated.  Oh yeah, and thank you for the zombies…

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General News

Upcoming  Graduations:  Graduations at TSA have traditionally been community-wide events.  Just as we work to create community within the school to support our students in their growth, we work as a community to celebrate the transformations these students have experienced and to mark these important transitions.  We therefore ask our parents to help us to prepare for our graduations.  In the MS and the HS sections of this newsletter, you will find requests for help with our 8th grade and 12th grade graduations.  We look forward to your involvement!
Dress Code Reminder: As the weather continues to warm, we ask you, our families, to help students follow the Dress Code at TSA.  Here are excerpts from our Handbooks to remind you of our expectations:
Middle School:  Students should be prepared every day to participate in activities both outside and inside the building. Students should wear (or bring) clothing that allows them to move freely and stay warm. If girls wear dresses and/or shoes with heels, they should bring alternative clothing. Students should have at least one pair of shoes that they can exercise in safely. In addition, clothing should not be distracting, frightening, disrespectful, suggestive, too loose, too tight, or too short (for example, low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, exposed underwear, bare midriffs). If necessary, students will be asked to change their clothes. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats may be worn in school during break times but not during classes. We ask parents to oversee these guidelines.
High School: Students are asked to dress appropriately. Clothing cannot be distracting, frightening, disrespectful, suggestive, too loose, too tight, or too short (for example, low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, tube tops, exposed underwear, bared midriffs). If necessary, students will be asked to change their
clothes. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats may be worn in school at the discretion of staff. We ask parents to oversee these guidelines.
Fundraising for Justice: Many of us have had the opportunity to get to know Justice (our exchange student from Kenya) this year and have been touched by his presence. When Justice returns home, he will be attending high school in Kenya for another two years.  Each year of school will cost $350.  TSA’s Community Service club is working to help Justice pay for his future education.   The goal is to raise $700. To this end, the Community Service club is hosting a penny war within the school. Additionally, if you are interested in making a contribution, please contact Jill Gramling (jgramling@sharonacademy.net).

The Sweet Stuff:  Maple Syrup harvested from TSA’s own sugarbush by TSA students is now available for purchase at  $20 per quart.  Grab some while you can – it won’t last long!  Place your order with Cynthia at the HS.

June 1st deadline for Community Service: Please remember to get all of your community service hours in before June 1st in order to be counted for this year. This is especially true for Seniors. If a senior does not get their Community Service hours in before June 1st, they will walk in graduation without a diploma. Additionally, transcripts will not be sent until Community Service work is completed. To use the easy online submission form, please click here: http://sharonacademy.org/portals/current-students-and-parents/community-service-log/

Looking for a host family for a semester: Carol Harry, a TSA parent and a PAX representative, is looking for a family to host a Kenyan exchange student named Frederick for a semester.  Frederick is 16 years old is one of 11 children. He lives with his mother and several of his siblings in a tiny Kenyan village. Fredrick is a serious student with aspirations of going to medical school and becoming a surgeon. “I will also help the poor by building them hospitals and schools for them to be educated and have good health.” He loves soccer and volleyball, but most of all he loves being with people. He describes himself as polite, kind, and hardworking. “I also like playing, but at the right time and at the right place.” Fredrick looks forward to living with an American family to learn about the culture and schooling system and better understand the differences in lifestyle. “I want to bring good information to my fellow Kenyans about life in the U.S.” For more information about hosting Fredrick contact: Carol Harry, Local PAX Coordinator at 802-763-8014 or tylumo@yahoo.com.

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Middle School News

7th grade parent volunteers urgently needed! Eighth grade graduation is right around the corner!  It is traditional for the parents of 7th grade students to organize the food and flowers for the graduation ceremony.  We need a small group of 7th grade parent volunteers to organize this process and set things up on graduation evening.  ( Friday,  June 13th).   Please see attachment (http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/MS-Graduation-Revised-check-list.doc) for the list of jobs that need doing.  One overall coordinator who organizes the other volunteers is most efficient.  Please contact Catherine Farrington cfarrington@sharonacademy.net ASAP if you would be willing to organize the 8th grade graduation and/or take on one of the jobs on the list.  Thank you!

Volunteer bakerS needed:  We need a few parents to send in cookies for the last day of school picnic.  Please contact Catherine Farrington (cfarrington@sharonacademy.net) if you would like to bake cookies for this event.  Thank you!

TONIGHT! Middle School Semi Formal:

  • Date: Friday, May 30th
  • Time: 7:00 – 10:30 – We very much appreciate prompt pick up of your student. Please be aware that students who hang around in the parking lot after the dance are difficult to supervise and also distract the clean up crew.
  • Where: The Royalton Academy. This is the big grey building on the right hand side of Rte 14 as you are traveling north. It is located on Rte 14 about half way between the Rte 110 intersection in South Royalton and the Rte 107 intersection in Bethel.
  • Cost: Three dollars per student. (This helps us pay for renting the building).
  • What to wear: Girls generally wear short dresses and boys generally wear a shirt and tie. However, this is not required.
  • Guests: Students are allowed to each bring two guests that they know well and are in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Andrew Lane must be informed ahead of time of guests. Guests that are not pre-approved will not be allowed into the dance.
Dress Code Reminder: As the weather continues to warm, we ask you, our families, to help students follow the Dress Code at TSA.  Here are excerpts from our Handbooks:
Middle School:  Students should be prepared every day to participate in activities both outside and inside the building. Students should wear (or bring) clothing that allows them to move freely and stay warm. If girls wear dresses and/or shoes with heels, they should bring alternative clothing. Students should have at least one pair of shoes that they can exercise in safely. In addition, clothing should not be distracting, frightening, disrespectful, suggestive, too loose, too tight, or too short (for example, low cut shirts, spaghetti straps, exposed underwear, bare midriffs). If necessary, students will be asked to change their clothes. Shoes must be worn at all times. Hats may be worn in school during break times but not during classes. We ask parents to oversee these guidelines.

Science Fair: The middle school science fair project is well underway. Students have work time every day at school, but in order to keep up students should also be working on this project at least a half hour every night until the end of the school year. A good way to assist your student is to have them describe their project and engage in a conversation about the topic to further their understanding. For a detailed outline of the requirements and due dates for this project please click on the following links. Students have all of this information in hard copy. Please note that some students have been assigned a Level 1 version of this project. In this case families will soon receive a separate email from Natalie Golden with the Level 1 criteria sheets and should disregard the links below.

Time Capsules for Eighth Grade Students: Very soon eighth grade students will be handed a Time Capsule envelope. Their job is to fill the envelope with fun and meaningful mementos from middle school. The envelopes will be filed away for four years. On the last day of the student’s senior year, time capsules will be delivered to students (if a student has changed schools we mail him/her the envelope). Opening the time capsules together with old buddies from the middle school is always a fun and meaningful experience. Parents are encouraged to contribute by writing a letter to their student to put in the time capsule. The letter can include hopes, wishes, congratulations or anything else you imagine your student would like to read when they are graduating from high school. The more effort put into the time capsule now, the more fun it is to open four years from now. Filled time capsule envelopes can be returned to Pam Ward at any time before the end of the school year. (Admittedly, we have received some late ones in the past, including some during the summer and beyond. The important thing is to get it done! You will want it when you are a senior!)

End of school year middle school dates to remember:

  • May 30th: Semi-formal at the Royalton Academy 6:30 – 10:00 pm
  • June 5th: Middle School Science Fair in evening (6:30 – 8:30)
  • June 12th: Eighth Grade Field Trip. Seventh grade has regular school day.
  • June 13th: Last day of school. Dismissal at 2:00. Middle school graduation celebration 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the high school. All students should attend.

 

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High School News

All Community Service Hours must be submitted by June 1st: All HS students must have completed their 40 hours of community service for the year and must also have submitted all of their Community Service forms to their Advisor by June 1st.  Please see the following FAQs for more information:

FOR SENIORS ONLY
Q: I am a senior and I won’t complete this year’s requirement of 40 hours by June 1.  What does that mean for me?

A: You will get to walk with your classmates at graduation, and you will be able to give your speech, but you will not receive a diploma nor a transcript to send to college until those hours and the necessary documentation is completed.  Additionally, you will receive an “F” on your report card for Community Service until the work is completed and your record can be updated. In order to have this “F” removed, and to receive your diploma and transcript, you must complete your requirement and send the proper documentation to your advisor WITH COPIES TO Brian Tonks, Michael Livingston and Janice Stumpf.  Please note: Once the June 1st deadline has passed, it may not be possible to process your Community Service hours as quickly as you would like (which may not be convenient for your college needs).

For all other high school students:
Q: What if I have completed my required hours, but haven’t submitted my documentation for any of those hours by June 1?

A:  First, you will receive an “F” on your report card for Community Service for this year.  Second, you will lose all of those hours which you worked and will have to start over again. (In other words, you cannot simply file the paperwork late and get the credit).   That means that within the next year, you will have to complete 40 hours of make-up service, PLUS your regular requirement of 40 hours of  community service work for the 2014/2015 school year.  The “F” will remain on your report card until the 40 hours of back work has been completed. Once the June 1st deadline has passed, it may not be possible to process your Community Service hours as quickly as you would like (which may not be convenient for your college needs if you are currently a Junior).

Q: What if I have completed a significant number of hours and turned in the paperwork, but am still missing a few  hours?  You will be required to make up any remaining hours of community service work and your report card will show an “F” until you have completed any remaining hours of service and submitted your documentation.  You will then need to complete your regular 40 hours of community service work for the 2014/2015 school year.
Q:What if I have completed well over 40 hours?

A: Great!  If you would like to petition for an “Excellent” in Community Service, please speak to your advisor.  The whole staff votes for students who seek to receive an excellent on their transcripts.  Please note, you cannot bring any additional hours forward to to fulfill your requirement for the following year.

Q: When can I start working towards my requirements for the 2014/2015 school year?
A: You may begin your Community Service work for the 2014/2015 school year once you have completed this year’s requirements AND once June 1st has passed.
Q: How can I complete my documentation? 
A: To use the easy online submission form, please click here: http://sharonacademy.org/portals/current-students-and-parents/community-service-log/.

 

Exam Week:  Exam week is June 9 – 13.  To see a full schedule of the week, along with requirements for students, please click here: http://sharonacademy.org/2014-high-school-exam-schedule/.
High School Graduation: On Sunday, June 15th at 2pm, we will celebrate our Senior class of 2014. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served. The tradition is that ALL TSA high school families contribute to the refreshment buffet of finger foods, and we are reaching out to you to ask for your help once again this year.  The following are guidelines and suggestions for food for the day. To help keep things simple, we are asking families different items based on which grade your student is in. (If you have more then one student at the school, go with the grade of the older one.)
  • 9th graders: please bring fresh fruits such as cut up pineapple, watermelon, apples, oranges, etc… Small fruit kebabs would be ideal. Please do NOT bring fruit salads.
  • 10th graders: please bring cheese (cut into small portions please) and crackers or bread.
  • 11th graders: please bring finger desserts: brownies, cookies, squares, bars, cupcakes…
  • 12 graders: please bring lemonade.

If you cannot come that day, please leave the food in Flo’s room on Friday June 13. It is very important that you bring enough to feed about 12 people. If you want your dish and utensil back, mark it clearly.

There will be a drop off table near the entrance, in the parking lot, starting at 1pm. We will return your dish and utensil to a table in the common room. Please look for your dish and pick it up before you leave.

Flo will be available to answer questions, if you have any, until June 13, at ftolbert@sharonacademy.net. A member of the Committee will contact you by phone before the event to remind you about what to bring. We are counting on you…

Thank you so much,

The Graduation Committee.

 Physics Wars: Today, the physics students at TSA  participated in the 4th annual simulation of global armed aggression.  We call this “Physics Wars”.  The simulation provides students with the opportunity to contemplate their responsibilities as future scientists and engineers and it also allows students to experience some of the factors that contribute to global conflict.  After the simulation students hosted a panel discussion about the role of the United States in military interventions.

Relaxation Exercise: Flo will be leading a body scan, which is a mindfulness and relaxation exercise, for the whole school, on Thursday June 5th during X block, in the gym. Please make sure you send your student to school with a yoga mat, if you have one, with your name on it, that day. If you have any questions, email her at ftolbert@sharonacademy.net.

Honoring TSA Graduates: You are invited to honor a TSA student’s graduation by making a special give in their name. When you make a gift commemorating the graduation of a senior, TSA will send the graduate a special certificate informing them that a gift has been made in their honor without disclosing the amount of your gift. You can write a special congratulatory message to the graduate and your personalized message will be featured on their certificate. Gifts to the Honor Your Senior program also count as parent participation in the annual fund. Gifts of all sizes are gratefully accepted. Honor Your Senior cards are with Cynthia Masterman at the high school front desk and will be available at graduation, or contact Jenn Hayslett at jhayslett@sharonacadmey.net with questions or to request a form.
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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 communityservice@sharonacademy.net with the information
and we will let our staff and students know about the opportunity.

 

REMINDER: June 1st is the deadline for all community service this year. Students must have 40 hours completed by this date.

Book Sale: The Baxter Library in Sharon is looking for 4-6 volunteers for their annual book sale, the first weekend of June. They need volunteers to bring the books outside and arrange the tables and tent. Friday (06/06) afternoon, 5-7 pm and Saturday morning (06/07) 9-11 am, and possibly Sunday afternoon (06/08) 1-3 pm. Volunteers can sign up for an hour or more, they will take any help available. The book sale allows the library to buy books and offer programs to the Sharon community. For more information, visit sharonvtlibrary.com.”

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Community Events

September 28-30 Writers Workshop: Join writer and teacher Lisa Jones, author of Broken: A Love Story, for a writing intensive September 28-30 in Norwich. All levels of writers welcome to improve your writing or to reframe your lives in a more positive light.  For more information see

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Scholarships

Class of 2014: residents of Royalton, Sharon, or Tunbridge: the Heartland Lions Club and the Rising Sun Lodge (Free Masons) each offer scholarships, ranging from $600 to $750. Applications are outside KB’s office.

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Summer Opportunities

Note: many colleges offer summer courses for credit to students. Talk with KB about programs or refer to our older newsletters for postings.

Want a Great Intercultural Experience this Summer? For five summers volunteer host families have welcomed students (14-16 years of age) from the Basque region of Northern Spain into their homes. This Basque-Vermont connection, which was started up by the Wellspring School has produced some wonderful experiences and friendships for both the students and the families. As a host family you would welcome a student into your home from June 25th to July 20th, treating them as one of your family and having them join in with your summer plans. Each host family will receive a stipend to help pay for food and any activities that you might do with the student. The program will also give a donation to the Sharon Academy of 300 euros (approx. $400) for every TSA family that hosts a student. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family to get to know another part of the world and at the same time enable a student to improve their English.For more information please email: Jools Skeet at skeet.browning@gmail.com or Sally Hostetler at wallynut@aol.com

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