The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 11, 2014

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
Photos of the Week
Parent Volunteers Needed
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

September 2014

Fri 12 In Service – No School for MS and HS
Thurs 18 High School Information Night for all HS parents at 6:30pm at the HS.
Fri 19 Painting the HS,12:30 to 4:00 (See Parent Volunteers Needed below)
Thurs 25 1st Annual CHALK Festival with South Royalton High School (See Gen News below)
Fri 26 Painting the HS, 12:30 to 4:00 (See Parent Volunteers Needed below)

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Photos of the Week

Middle Schoolers have jumped right into the first unit of their integrated curriculum, delving into the theme of “Living in Vermont.” They are reflecting on how Vermont’s cultural traditions, physical landscape, climate, biome, history and government help to shape who they are as individuals.

 

Art in the Woods and Crayfish

 

In Art (photos on the left), students studied Andy Goldworthy’s art and climbed into the woods behind the high school to make their own place-inspired art. In Science (photos on the right), students collected crayfish from the White River, sending their observations and data to the White River Partnership.

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Parent Volunteers Needed

Angelique McAlpine
Volunteer and Development Coordinator
(802)353-1477
volunteer@sharonacademy.net

 

Friday Afternoon Work Crew Needed to Paint the High School: We will be painting the exterior of the HS building from 12:30 to 4pm on Friday the 19th and Friday the 26th. Please sign up to join us! We’ll have fun and contribute to keeping our beautiful school in good condition. Give Angelique a call at 353-1477 or email volunteer@sharonacademy.net to sign up for one or both days. Thanks!

SIGN UP NOW: Concession Stand Volunteers and Coordinator Needed

Concession Staffers: All parents welcome! Even if you do not have a child on a sports team your talents can be used to help staff the Concessions Stand at home games. Please take a moment to look at our Google Concessions Scheduling  sheet  (click here) and and sign up when you are available. This is a great way to meet lots of parents you wouldn’t normally connect with, and have a fun time supporting the school. Questions? Email volunteer@sharonacademy.net

Concession Staffing Coordinator is the perfect volunteer job if you need an opportunity that doesn’t require you to be at the school. Using Google Docs you will recruit and send out reminder notices to parents who have signed up for shifts, and fill empty shifts. A great way to meet lots of other parents and join a fun team of people. Email volunteer@sharonacademy.net

URGENT: Ball Field Liner Needed Do you love being outside and have an appreciation for those beautiful crispy white lines on a soccer field? This is the job for you! A weekly commitment for the season would be ideal. The school has the equipment and can train you. Email volunteer@sharonacademy.net

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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.

 

Volunteer Appreciations

Thanks to all the parents who volunteered to chaperone field trips at the middle school this week. With your help, we’ve had a great time extending our classrooms out into the Sharon community.

Thank you to all of our families for bringing delicious and abundant plates of food to the potluck. A special appreciation goes out to the parents, students, and staff who volunteered to set up, run, and clean up this important community event, you were an amazing team!

Thank you, Brent Blanchard (father of Carter Blanchard ’16), for offering your home workshop space, skill and energy to mill lumber that will be used to build additional sturdy tables for the school.

Thank you, Karyn Stack (mother of Gretta Stack ’16), for stepping right in to clean out the flower beds. They are looking beautiful! Karyn is asking other parents to help her put the beds to sleep for the winter. Email volunteer@sharonacademy.net if you would like to be included when she plans that work session.

News from Clara Henderson:  If you are wondering what Clara is up to in Germany, check out her blog:
http://www.claraingermany.blogspot.com/.  She says she misses everyone!

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General News

 

Student Contact Information and Family Directory: We are still missing contact information for many students. It is essential that we have complete information for each of our students. If you have not done so, please complete our survey by clicking here.

Attention last year’s TSA eighth grade students: It is not too late to turn in your middle school time capsule. Simply bring it to the middle school and we will file it away. Make sure your name is on the outside! We miss you!

Medications for Students: Please remember that if students are bringing prescription medications on to school property, parents need to send a note in about the medications and those medications must be kept with the school office during the day. Your help is greatly appreciated.

First Annual Chalk Festival: TSA has joined together with The Vermont Independent School for the Arts and the South Royalton School to create this special art event. During the day on Thursday, September 25th, South Royalton’s center will be turned into a street art “canvas” along with the town’s weekly farmer’s market, a musical performance, and annual community potluck Stone Soup meal. On the day of the event, a section of street abutting the South Royalton Green will be roped off, and a group of student artists from TSA and SoRo will work on their planned chalk pieces through the whole day. (The artist, Katie Runde, will be leading the event. You can see some of Katie’s cool 3-D chalk creations here: http://www.katierunde.com/category/chalk/) Students will work in teams of varying sizes depending on the size of their planned piece, culminating in a large piece in the center of town. One of the most important goals of the project is to create an opportunity for high school students from historically rival schools, to work together on a non-competitive and collaborative project. It is the hope of the organizers that this event will be the first of many opportunities for shared projects for the benefit of all students and the wider community.

All TSA students who are are interested in a challenging art project are encouraged to participate. Please email Jenn Hayslett for more information at jhayslett@sharonacademy.net.

Wanted: Old roller skates or skateboards for physics classes. The wheel bearings must still be in good condition. 4 to 6 pairs needed. Please contact Steve Basham at sbasham@sharonacademy.net or 763 2500 ext 104 if you are able to contribute.

Wanted: Flatware, pens, and pencils. The high school goes through a lot of flatware, pens, and pencils throughout the year. If you have been wanting to clean out your drawers of mismatched flatware, please send it in. We can always use those extra pens and pencils you have. Thank you.

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Middle School News

Middle School Parent Information Night: Please join us from 6:30-8:30 on Thursday, September 11th for essential information about the middle school. If you need to bring your student, there will be a quiet space where he or she can wait and do their homework. Middle School Handbooks will be distributed at this meeting.

Gradelink – The middle school has begun using Gradelink, an online grade reporting system.  Gradelink gives parents access to daily assignments and student progress.  It is also the system through which we will create and deliver report cards.  This is the same system that has been in use at the high school for over a year.  We will be coaching parents on the use of this technology at the Middle School Parent Information Night. If you are unable to attend the information night please contact Pam Ward for information on how to access your student’s online Gradelink account.

Calling in Absences:  If your student will be absent for the day please email Cynthia Masterman at TSA@sharonacademy.net or call 763-2500 x-100 and leave a message.   Cynthia, who works in the high school building, keeps track of student absences.  The middle school calls Cynthia at 8:30 each morning to report absences.  If she has not heard from you by this time she will send you an email and/or a message on your phone answering machine to let you know your student has not arrived at school.  Thank you for your helping use keep track of your student’s attendance.

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High School News

All High School Students: Please remember to check in with Cynthia each morning so that she can mark you as present on the attendance sheet.

Driver’s Ed Class: You can now sign up for the 3rd marking period Driver Education class. There is always a huge demand for this winter term class. There will be a limit of 14. If you want Driver’s Education 3 term please sign up early. There will be another class June 2015.

Students must have their permit to take this class. The teacher, Gabriella, has found students tend to get more from this class if they are taking it near the end of their year holding their permit.  This class is first come, first served, so if you want to take the class, sign up as soon as possible. Here’s how to sign up:

  • Go to yankeedrivingschool.com and download the forms page.
  • Check off the TSA winter class box.
  • Send to Janice along with $100.00 deposit made out to TSA.

If your student needs to get their permit, call 802 828 2085 to set up an appointment. The study guide provided by the Vermont DMV  is excellent.  Copies can be picked up at any Vermont DMV, by e mailing DMV, or on line. Please e mail any questions to Gabriella at yankeedrivingschool@comcast.net

Women Can Do Conference at Vermont Tech: Join us at this “roll up your sleeves” career immersion experience about the skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields for high school girls from across Vermont. Thursday October 16, 8:45 – 2:30. Students will miss all classes on that day and need to get approval from their teacher before going. Registration is $15.00 and includes lunch. Please contact Christa at cwurm@sharonacademy.net if you are interested and make checks out to TSA. For more information, please click here.

Junior Exhibitions: Please click here to download a PDF of the Exhibition Schedule you received last week. Please note that there are some upcoming deadlines to keep track of.

Assignment Notebooks: All HS students received an assignment notebook on last week. These cost of the notebooks is covered by the School Fee. However, if a student loses their assignment notebook or would like an additional one, it must be ordered through Janice in the office, and the student’s account will be charged accordingly.

Independent Study: All students interested in pursuing an Independent Study should speak to Flo Tobert. The deadline to apply for an Independent Study is September 19.

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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.

Here are the latest opportunities listed on the Community Service Club page:

  • BAYADA Hospice Teen Volunteers
  • Recycling at the TSA High School
  • Helping Cynthia on Mondays and Fridays from 12:00–1:00 pm with lunch at the TSA Middle School

If anyone has interest in these events let the CSC know by joining the event, emailing the group, or by talking to one of our members.

 

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Community Events

Competition for local filmmakers: Do you have a teen who wants to be the next Alfred Hitchcock or Wes Craven? This year the Hop partners with CATV to present their 3rd annual Halloween-o-thon, a fun-filled competition for young local filmmakers. Starting October 3, teams of middle and high-school students have three weeks to write, direct and star in their own five-minute mini horror masterpieces. The finished films will premier live in a gala showcase over two nights in the Loew Auditorium. Cash prizes and awards will be given out for the best film, director, and actors—as well as a few wild cards, including Best Scream! This year’s contestants can also attend workshops taught by Dartmouth student filmmakers. Topics such as killer sound, spooky special effects and deadly camera work will help teens hone their skills for the top prizes! To register and learn more about Halloween-o-thon contest fees, rules and workshops, visit http://catv8.org/halloween-o-thon-challenge/

Boy Scout open house and BBQ on 9/21 from 3:00-4:30 at the Sharon church.

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