The Sharon Academy Newsletter October 2nd, 2015

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
General News
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 2014 – 2015 calendar, please click here:

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


Sun 4 EDTalk  1:00 – 4:00 pm – see General News below
Thurs 8 12th grade Parent College Information Night  6:30pm at the HS
Weds 14 PSATs for all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
Wed 14 Act 46 Information Session  5:30 (Please note corrected day)
Tues 20 No School  In Service
Thurs 22 School Picture Day
Thurs 22 Cafe Night 6:30 pm at the HS
Fri 23 HS 1st Marking Period ends 
Fri 30 No School – HS Only – Parent/Teacher/Student Conference Day




Congratulations to Isabella Byrne ’16 & Lydia Roe ’16 who received academic commendations –  High scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score. Some of these students become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Congratulations to Katherine Elderd ’16 whose winning method of showing dairy cows at the Tunbridge Fair earned her two 1st place ribbons, one 2nd place ribbon, two third place ribbons, and (drum roll please) Reserve Grand Champion for Fitting & Show. Great job Katherine!

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General News

EdTalk:  A meeting about the proposed newly configured White River Valley Supervisory Union: This Sunday, October 4th, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Chase Center at Vermont Law School. There will be a meeting about the proposed newly configured White River Valley Supervisory Union. All parents and community members from the towns of: Bethel, Chelsea, Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, Stockbridge, Strafford, and Tunbridge are encouraged to attend. The proposed SU is seeking input and guidance into the creation of a strategic plan for the new expanded SU. The discussion will be led by school board members, principals, and representatives from the International Center for Education. If you plan on attending this meeting, please email Michael Livingston at with the subject line ACT 46 – and also try to connect with him before the meeting at VLS. We want to approach this in a clear and respectful manner, recognizing the importance of our partnership with all of these communities.

TSA’s Act 46 Information Session – Wednesday, October 14th at the high school at 5:30 (Please note the corrected day). We will be hosting a meeting for the TSA community to learn about ACT 46 and the potential implications for School Choice. At this meeting we will discuss our response and strategy. Please attend. 

FIRST Robotics Team 885 invites new student members and adult mentors to join one of the most respected teams in the New England Region of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Team 885 comprises members from numerous area schools and towns in Vermont. From January through March we come together weekly to design and build a robot and compete in sports-like events throughout New England. We also build the team and build community. Team participation fosters communication, self-confidence, organizational and life skills, teamwork, and leadership. Numerous scholarship opportunities are available to FIRST participants. Its about a robot, but its about so much more. Discover the fun. Discover the rewards. Join Team 885.  For more information, please contact Catherine Farrington at or visit

Michael Livingston’s Tips:  In case you did not get a chance to read this in the Valley News, Michael has written this helpful piece,  A Few Pointers for a Less Stressful, More Productive School Year.  Click HERE to access.

Pediatrician Available at TSA:  a notice went out this week announcing that Dr. Sam McWilliams (Dr. Sam) from the South Royalton Health Center and the HealthHUB team is offering a Pediatrician at our school 1-2 days a week.  HealthHUB will allow students to see a medical provider with their parent/guardian’s permission while remaining in school.   For more information and to register:  Pediatric Health History Form & Medical Enrollment Form.

FYI:  The Sharon Academy Newsletter is under new management.  David Eastman, a new TSA employee in the Development and Communications Department, has taken over the writing and publishing of this newsletter.  You will not see any drastic changes anytime soon, but he may be adding his own touches in the future.  In the meantime, please continue to submit anything you wish included in the news letter by submitting it using this form:

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Phoenix Sports

Upcoming Games For the Week

A busy week this week in sports here at TSA, even a Track and Field Championship on Thursday.  Come out and support a Phoenix Team!

Monday, Oct. 5th
4pm JV Boys Away Game, Whitcomb
4pm Varsity Boys Away Game, South Royalton
4pm Varsity Girls Away Game, South Royalton
5pm Middle School Home Game, Tunbridge

Tues., Oct.6th
4pm JV Boys Home Game, Trinity Baptist

Wed. Oct. 7th
4:30pm Middle School Home Game, Strafford

Thurs. Oct. 8th
4pm JV Girls Away Game, Green Mountain Union
4pm Varsity Boys Home Game, Rivendell

Sat. Oct. 10th
11am Varsity Boys Away Game, Blue Mountain
11am Varsity Girls Away Game, Blue Mountain           

Fri. Oct. 16th
3:30pm Cross Country, Track & Field, CVC Championship, Storr’s Pond, Hanover, NH


Phoenix Sports News

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!

The Varsity Girls beat Twinfield on Tuesday. Great game, ladies!  From the Valley News:  Sharon 8, Twinfield 0; Sharon — Mallory Lloyd had three goals to lead the Phoenix. Gretta Stack added two goals and an assist. Eleanor Frost also had two goals and Jordan Stevens had one. Lucia Gagliardone, Maya Johnstone and Katherine Eldred added assists.

Late Game News at Press Time:  The Varsity Boys Had a great game against Twinfield on Wednesday. Sharon 3, Twinfield 0.  More information will be posted to the TSA Athletics Booster Facebook Page.  See link below.

The Varsity Boys fell to Williamstown on Saturday, 3-1. Carter Blanchard’s second-half penalty kick goal was the lone strike. Thatcher Morrison made five saves.

The JV Boys had a hard fought game against Randolph on Monday.  After Randolph scored the first point, Hunter LaHaye scored the next goal in the beginning of the second half for the Phoenix with a killer penalty kick to tie it up.  Unfortunately, Randolph would come back and score one more to win the game.  Randolph 2, Sharon 1

The Sharon Academy Sports Booster Club is proud to announce The Local Business Savings Card!  We have partnered with 12 local businesses who are each providing a special deal for card holders. Card holders may use the card as many times as you would like over the course of the year. The cost of each card is only $20 and the proceeds will support TSA athletics. Cards are available now!  Get yours at all home soccer games at the concession stand. Below are the participating businesses and their special offers:

Cockadoodle Pizza
Main St Bethel VT
$2 off large pizza,
$1 off medium pizza
Dan & Whit’s General Store
Main St, Norwich VT
Free coffee with any breakfast sandwich/sandwich purchase
Eaton’s Sugarhouse
VT-14 Royalton VT
5% off $20 or more purchase
Five Olde Tavern & Grille
South Royalton, VT
10% off food purchase
Mike’s Store and Deli
US-5 Hartland VT
10% off any deli purchase
Planet Hair
South Strafford and South Royalton, VT
10% off hair products
RB’s Deli
Main St South Royalton VT
10% off sandwiches
Royalton Village Pizza
VT-14 Royalton VT
10% off large cheese pizza
US -14 Sharon VT
10% off purchase and after
10 purchases, 1 free item
Sharon Trading Post
VT -14 Sharon VT
10% off a purchase of a sandwich
Village Pizza
Main St, Randolph VT
$2 off large pizza per customer
Welch’s Hardware
South Royalton and Woodstock, VT
$5 off $30 purchase

For more information contact Kim Knoerlein, TSA Booster Club President at

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Middle School News

Middle School Trip to Heifer International Overlook Farm:  On the morning of September 23rd the middle school boarded a bus to begin a three day adventure which laid the groundwork for this year’s middle school curriculum themes of Human Rights, Food and Hunger and Energy.

The first stop was the Lebanon Landfill in New Hampshire. There, the landfill operations director boarded the bus and guided the school on a fascinating (and smelly) tour. The next stop was Brattleboro, Vermont to see the Brattleboro Recycling Center in action.  Students were able to see recyclable materials being separated and prepared for transportation to re-manufacturing facilities. The final destination was Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Overlook Farm is one of two educational centers for Heifer International, a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate world hunger.

At the farm, students stepped into a simulation of the lives and conditions of many people around the world to learn about the circumstances that contribute to food insecurity.  They also learned about the work of Heifer International to address these challenges and actions students themselves can take to make a difference.  Two busy days later, hungry and tired students and teachers feasted on PB&Js and boarded the bus for the trip back to Sharon.  This experience serves as an eye opener for students while also offering hope, solutions and a call to action!  Throughout the rest of the year, the middle school teachers and students will draw on the many lessons learned. 

Constitution Art Project:  In Social Studies students have been discussing the balance of power that exists between the various branches of government, and the various roles these branches play.  Students have been assigned The Constitution Art Project (due on Monday, October 12th) to further reinforce these concepts.  Students have been given a two-page criteria sheet (see attachment) that explains the project expectations in detail.  There will be other social studies homework during this time.  Students will need to plan ahead.  Click here to download the criteria sheet:  Constitution Art Criteria Sheet 2015.

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High School News

Interim is Coming (November) – As you might already be aware, the high school musical will be Spamalot this year.  Staff and students are already gearing up by gathering things for the show, (see below).  Soon you will be receiving a brief outline of what to expect and a general schedule.  We will keep you updated as we get closer to the actual dates.  Thanks in advance for your support of the big show!Search for props for Interim has begun. It would be extremely helpful if you have any of these items to lend or donate to let us know. If lent, you will get them back at the end of November.  Contact Meghan Shirley:

  •  Sheets of foam
  •  Heraldic Trumpets
  •  Stilts
  •  Fife
  •  Lute
  •  Tabor
  •  Large old map of England
  •  Tamborines
  •  Swords (fake but realistic looking)
  •  Hanukkah Candelabra
  •  Black, gray, or brown fabric
  •  cane
  •  Maracas
  •  Rainbow colored curtains or gaypride flags
  •  Wooden buckets or sap buckets
  •  megaphone

WIRELESS GUITAR TRANSMITTING SYSTEM NEEDED FOR INTERIM This year’s interim musical, Spamalot, would really be helped by a wireless transmitting system that would be compatible with an electric guitar.  If you have one that you would be willing to loan us for the week of the show, or if you aren’t sure whether or not some piece of equipment you have would work, please email Daniel Lazar  Thanks!


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 

Community Service Opportunity for Halloween CarnEvil at the Chelsea Animal Hospital:  Hoping that some students would like to help with set up.  The kids come during trick or treating on Halloween, play the games to win candy and have snacks.  Adults hang out and come and go, it is a really a great community event.  Volunteering  involves: helping us put up the big tent, erect a cornfield, run electrical cords and cobweb anything not moving!  Our staff takes it from there to do final decorating early on Halloween day, and the CarnEvil begins at 5 ish when the little ones start coming around, ends at 8 PM.  All are welcome on Halloween day, but in the past the student volunteers typically just come for set up as it fits in with the school day program, transportation etc.  We would like to set up on Thursday, Oct 29th.   The hospital closes at noon so we’d love to start at 1 or 2 o’clock, but not sure if students are available during the school day.   In the past we’ve had 4 – 6 students/adults come and that is great, but any help is appreciated – no group is too small.  For more information contact Bailley Wright at

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Scholarships and College Info

College Information Night at TSA:  Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 pm
​Mark your calendars! We will discuss:

  • Levels of support seniors will continue to receive this year as they formulate their post-secondary plans
  • Suggested timeline for students applying to college
  • Suggestions on how parents can survive and thrive during this potentially stressful time of year.

Boston Performing & Visual Arts College Fair: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Boston University, Fuller Building, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215;  Free and open to the public.  This event will be valuable for high school students who are considering undergraduate studies in the arts.  Schools from across the country offering programs in music, dance, theatre, graphic and visual arts will be represented.  In addition to the college fair, a pre-fair workshop will be offered from 5:15 – 6:30 pm just before the fair on the topic of “Navigating the Audition/Portfolio Process at Performing and Visual Arts Schools.” This workshop will take place in the BU College of Fine Arts, Room 104 (TheatreLab), 855 Commonwealth Avenue.  Students should pre-register to attend this fair at Complete information, including a list of attending schools, is available online.

Hearst Scholarship – The William Randolph Hearst Youth Senate Program presents an outstanding opportunity for our best and brightest high school juniors and seniors. Leadership, academic achievement, clear speech and logical thought process, and community involvement are the desired qualities set forth by the Hearst Foundation. Online application deadline is October 2nd, 2015.  For more info:

US Department of State Announces Scholarships for American High School Students to Study Abroad; Audience: High School Students, Guidance Counselors. Applications are now being accepted for the Department of State sponsored study abroad programs U.S. high school students for 2016 – 2017: National Security Language, Initiative for Youth, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange with Germany. These merit-based scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites and gap year students are encouraged to apply as long as they meet the age requirements. Application deadlines vary from late October through early January. Visit the program website or for specific information and application deadlines.

Upcoming College Visits: We welcome seniors, juniors and sophomores at college visits.  Please talk with Ellen and/or register on Naviance if you would like to attend.

Clark University Lexi Alm Mon October 5, 2015 9:30 AM
Lewis & Clark College Peter McKay Tue October 6, 2015 8:30 AM
Sarah Lawrence College Seth Katz Tue October 6, 2015 9:30 AM
University of Maine at Farmington MItchell Bean Thu October 8, 2015 1:00 PM
Bishop’s University Ed Pomykala Tue October 13, 2015 2:00 PM
Swarthmore College Ruby Bhattacharya Thu October 15, 2015 8:30 AM
Amherst College Jasmine Hardy Thu October 15, 2015 3:00 PM

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Classified Ads

Childcare Needed Wednesdays and Thursdays: We are looking for childcare for our 16 month old daughter on Wednesdays (7:45am-3pm) and Thursdays (7:45am-12pm) through the remainder of the school year. We are located in Sharon VT.  If you are interested and available, please get in touch so we can further discuss your experience and our needs. See contact information below. Thank you, Will and Stephanie;  (802)763-7070, email:

House For Sale in Sharon – New Reduced Price: $150,000.  House and garage built 2008. 2 miles from I89 on Fay Brook road in Sharon. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1000 square feet total. easy to heat- great gardens, outbuildings,nearby pond,  woods above the home. Call: 802 291 2064

Introduction to Etching Workshop with Rachel Gross (Mother of Eva Sturm-Gross ’18), Mondays, 6-9pm starting on October 19 through November 23. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in the Tip Top Building, White River Junction:  In this six-week workshop we will explore the time-honored technique of intaglio printmaking: incising lines and marks in a metal plate, wiping ink into those marks and then running the plate through a hand-cranked printing press with damp paper. Participants in the workshop will learn the basics of preparing an etching plate, applying ground, etching the plate in acid, and pulling a proof. We will also cover some tonal techniques including aquatint with rosin and spray-paint, sandpaper, and softground. This class is a great introduction to printmaking for the novice but can also accommodate the more experienced artist and is open to high school students. For more information go to or email:

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Community Events

Rocky Horror Show: Pentangle Arts, Woodstock, VT – Oct 23, 24, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm and Oct 31 at midnight.  TSA’s Patrick Sharpe will be starring in the role of Brad. Tickets are already on sale!  That sweet transvestite and his motley crew did the time warp on Broadway in a 25th anniversary revival. Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi gothic is more fun than ever.  A Live Musical directed by local actress/director Lanni Luce West, and features a cast and crew who represent some of the Upper Valley’s finest talent. More info. at: