The Sharon Academy Newsletter, November 13, 2014

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in High School, Middle School

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Appreciations
General News
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
Community Events

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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

November 2014

Mon – Fri 10 – 15 HS Interim – at TSA HS
Mon – Fri 17 – 22 HS Interim – at Chandler in Randolph
Fri 21 MS Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day – no school MS
Fri – Sat 21-22 HS Interim Performances at Chandler
Mon – Fri 24 – 28 Thanksgiving Break

 

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HS Interim Update

Tickets  for Disco Inferno are selling quickly: To request tickets, use our easy on-line ticket request form.  Alternatively, you can order tickets by calling the TSA Box Office:  802.318.2428.  Ticket prices are $12.00 for adults, and $7.00 for students up through grade 12. If you have any questions please email jgramling@sharonacademy.net

Disco Inferno Facebook Page:  Keep up to date on the latest and see photos from each day by visiting the Disco Inferno Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tsa.disco.inferno

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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.

It’s official: Coquette (TSA Alumni Cobalt and Titien Tolbert and Angus Davis) is opening for the band Brick and Mortar at Higher Ground, on Saturday, 11/15, at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show. This event is for all ages.  http://www.highergroundmusic.com/event/702981-brick-mortar-south-burlington/

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General News

Robotics Open House: Green Mountain Robotics Team 885 is holding an open house Saturday, November 15 from 1-3 at Vermont Technical College, Catamount Center in Randolph Center. Come see our workshop and past robots, and talk to students and mentors on the team. Team 885 is a regional high school robotics team with students from 8 schools (including TSA!). The competition season runs from January through April, but our team has trainings and open shop time year round.  There is also an official Safety Training, which will begin between 1:30 and 2:00 also at the Catamount Workshop.  Every team member has to have safety training every year in order to use the tools.  There will also be a training session in December if you are unsure whether or not you want to join the team at this time. If you are planning to take the TSA Robotics elective, swing by, have a look, and get your safety training under your belt.  Middle school students also work on the team.  All are welcome!  For more info on the team, check out frcteam885.com.  If you have any questions about the open house, contact Dan Hudnut at 763.2828 (evenings).

Freedom & Unity TV, the statewide video contest for high schoolers and young adults to express their takes on their local communities and/or growing up in Vermont, is underway, and local filmmakers are presenting workshops at magnet schools and other locations around the state (see https://tockify.com/vermontmovie).  Students are invited to submit a short video whether or not they are able to attend one or more workshops; the deadline is April 10, 2015.  First prizes in four genre categories – documentary, fiction, experimental and animation – are valued at $500.  For more information, visit www.FreedomAndUnityTV.net <http://www.FreedomAndUnityTV.net>  or email info@FreedomAndUnityTV.ne

School Picture Retakes: Retake day is Wednesday, December 3rd. Retakes are for students who were absent from the first take, students who missed purchasing, and those who did not like their first photo. Students needing a retake of their old set of photos are asked to return their original set of photos on the day of retakes. There is no additional charge for retakes. Retakes will start at 8:30 at the high school building. Middle school students who would like retakes will be brought up to the high school.

Skiing at Suicide Six: Soon, we will be sending you a registration for to participate in  Suicide Six’s ski program for TSA students.  Please fill out the registration even if your student will not be participating in the program.

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Middle School News

Middle School Conferences: Conferences are coming right up on November 21st.  Your student’s advisor will be contacting you to arrange a time to meet on this day.   Don’t forget that students are expected to be present at the conference.

November Break: Students will not have homework over November break except for any prior work that was incomplete.  This is a great time for students to read their outside reading books to meet the requirement of 450 pages per trimester.

FIRST Robotics: Steve Farrington (dad of Max and Emma Farrington, husband of Catherine Farrington) stopped in at the middle school yesterday to invite middle school students to join the FIRST Robotics regional team (Green Team 885). The mission of FIRST Robotics is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.  Currently there are at least nine TSA students from both the middle school and the high school who are team members.  This is a fantastic opportunity open to all of our students.  The team needs a diverse group of members with a variety of interests and skills that reach beyond engineering.  These skills include programming, photography, video taping, online social networking, organizing, writing, cooking and much more.  Assistance with transportation may be available.  Please call for more information.  Please contact Jon Boette at jboette@gmail.com or Catherine Farrington at cfarrington@sharonacademy.net if your student is interested in learning more about joining the team. See General News above for information on the Robotics Open House.

Troy Wunderle is coming:  On Friday, November 14th the fabulous Troy Wunderle of Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures will be spending a pre-circus day with students.  Goals of the day include:

1.  Emphasizing that achievement takes hard work. Hard work includes: learning from failure, sticking with something, seeking feedback, breaking things into achievable goals and being flexible.

2.   Inspiring students to take risks, be vulnerable, try new things and not afraid to make mistakes.  Trying new things will open your life up to new possibilities.

3.  Introducing skills earlier in the school year so students have more than two weeks to work on perfecting skills.

 

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High School News

Penny War and Candy Guessing Game! For the second year in a row, Christa’s advisory is running a Penny War and a Candy Guessing Game during the two weeks of interim. The jars for both are in the school lobby during the first week and in the entry way of Chandler during the second week. Rules for the games will be posted near the jars. The proceeds from both these games will go towards the advisory’s effort to raise 1,000 dollars for Heifer International. The winning class for the Penny War will get a great prize, and the closest guess for the Candy Game will earn the whole jar of candy. Bring your pennies on Monday and let the war begin!

 

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Career & College Guidance

Applications are available in the College and Career Advising Office for the Vermont-NEA 2015 Maida F. Townsend Scholarship for the sons and daughters of Vermont-NEA members.  Application deadline is the end of the business day on February 2, 2015.  ​Students majoring in any discipline are eligible to apply; however, preference may be given to those majoring in education.  Awards will be baed on merit, not financial need.  Talk with Ellen for details!

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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:
https://www.facebook.com/SharonAcademyCSC?ref=hl
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.
Want to fill out our Community Service online form? Click here

 

Help Strafford’s Health Hub: Nurse Ellen Gnaedinger is looking for students to help sell Health Hub clinic raffle tickets on December 6th, from 9:00am – 3:00 pm at Barrett Hall and Coburn’s in South Strafford.  If you can help, please email Ellen at egnaedinger@newtonschool.org.

Revels North needs hair and makeup volunteers for the upcoming holiday show.  Please contact Laura Craft <craft@revelsnorth.org> if you can help.

Dates for hair:
  • Wed Dec. 17, 4pm – 6pm or 6:30
  • Thurs Dec. 18, same time
  • Friday Dec. 19, same time
  • Sat Dec. 20, 11am to 1:30 pm, and again at 5pm until 6:30
  • Sun Dec. 21, 11:30 am to 12:30, and again at 3:30 pm

Makeup: The dates and times for make-up are similar, except they also need make-up on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Elderly Couple looking for help winterizing their house in Pittsfield.  There is an older couple in Pittsfield who are looking for someone to  help them clean out their doe and turkey barns for the winter. This couple are in their 80’s and just can not do their winter chores this year – they could use all the help they can get.  It would only take one day with enough people and they said that they would feed everyone. Please contact Janice if you can help.

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Community Events

Craft Fair and Farmer’s Market: The 7th Annual One Planet Craft Fair and Sharon Sprouts Farmers’ Market is THIS Saturday, November 15 from 9am-2pm at Sharon Elementary.  Our fabulous food and craft vendors will have lots of holiday favorites for unique gift and meal ideas!  One Planet will have their always popular raffle of gifts and gift certificates!  FREE crafts and activities will be available for the children. New this year is the “Pocket Lady” where kids pay 50 cents to reach into her pockets to find a hand-made treasure!  The Holiday Lunch will feature ham, turkey, mac n cheese and salad for $5!!  Call Donna Foster at 763-8280 for information and community service opportunities. Help is needed with the Kids’ Corner.

 

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Classified Ads

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