The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 17, 2015

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in High School, Middle School

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
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


Fri 18  In Service – No School for MS and HS
Tues 22 College Fair for all 11th and 12th graders:  Buses leave TSA at 7:30am for the College Fair at the Southern New Hampshire University. More information to come.
Thurs   24 High School Information Night for all HS parents at 6:30pm at the HS.


Thurs TSA Open House  for prospective families, 6:30 – 8:00 at the high school
Thurs Chalk and Chow   All day on the SoRo Green
Thurs 8 12th grade Parent College Information Night 6:30pm
Weds 14 PSATs for all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
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


TSA Open House – Spread the Word

TSA’s Annual Open House for Prospective Families is on October 1st.  This event is the main way we let families know about our school so that they can visit and apply.  Please let your friends and neighbors know about this event and encourage them to attend.  Here is more information:

We invite you to an informative and informal gathering to learn more about how The Sharon Academy is empowering a community of creative and independent thinkers.  Join us on Thursday, October 1st, 6:30 – 8:30 at the TSA High School for our annual Open House. The evening is an excellent opportunity to meet current TSA middle school and high school students and ask questions about our approach to providing a challenging, engaging and nurturing education for adolescents. Students are encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Amber Wylie – 763.2500 x120 or email




Thank you to Margaret Chadwell ’18 and Kaila Skeet Browning ’18 for leading the High School in recognizing September 11th as a community.

Thank you to author Jo Knowles who recently spent two afternoons leading Middle School students through a discussion of her latest novel “Between the Lines”.  All of our middle school students read the book for their summer reading, and Jo helped students to understand the process of writing, as well as challenging them to “dare to disturb the universe” by  moving past being  “bystanders” in life into being actively positive participants in life.

Thank you to the Roe sisters for mowing (Lydia Roe ’16) and weed-wacking (Sophie Roe ’18) our High School grounds this year.


General News

Children’s Shoe Drive: In an effort to support young children in Guatemala, TSA is hosting a Children’s Shoe Drive. We are looking for NEW or GENTLY USED Children’s Shoes sizes 2-8 AND a pair of socks for each set of shoes. There will be a bin in the TSA High School lobby to collect the shoes until Thursday, October 15th. Please contact our Community Service Student Coordinator, Bailley Wright at or Kate Sensenich with any questions! Thanks for your help!

Lice: As school has been in full swing for a few weeks,  now is a good time to check your student(s) for signs of head lice. (Please note:  We have not had any reports of lice at this time.) Live lice are very difficult to detect as they are translucent and can blend into the hair color. Indications of lice include itching (especially at night) and reddened areas on the back of the neck or behind the ears as this is the warmest part of the head and the place where lice like to lay their eggs. The eggs (nits) appear as white specks on the hair strands. Nits should be removed – by hand/fingers or with special combs – on a daily basis until gone. Recheck daily to ensure no more are found. The American Pediatric Association and National School Nurses Association recommends that students stay home from school for live lice until lice are treated and dead. The American Pediatric Association and National School Nurses Association does not recommend students staying home due to nits.

The Sharon Academy 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 will be available on or before October 1st 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

Abby Will Re-Use Your Bubble Wrap:  Abby Tonks of AbbyTPottery (TSA’s Brian Tonks is her husband) will happily take and reuse your air pillows, bubble wrap, or styrofoam peanuts. She uses it to package and ship her pottery around the country. Please be sure it is clean and please put it in a bag. No other packing materials, please. Leave it outside Brian’s office at the high school.  Last year, Abby pulled over 2000 gallons of packing materials out of the waste stream and put it to good use. For more information, please contact Abby Tonks at or

Still Collecting Boxtops for Education: Members of the TSA community are encouraged to keep their eyes out for the little Boxtops for Education coupons or stamps which appear on a variety of food and general household products, anything from granola bars to toilet paper!  Each coupon or box top is worth 10 cents when redeemed.  We collect these boxtops, submit them, and use the proceeds to support individual students in a variety of ways, whether it be financial support for taking an off-campus course, paying for a licensing exam, or assisting a TSA family in crisis. It’s just one small brick in the foundation of community support we try to nurture, and your support is deeply appreciated!  Boxtops can be sent in to Janice Stumpf at the high school, or left in the manila envelope hanging on the bulletin board just outside her office. Help make a difference!

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Phoenix Sports News

Upcoming Games:

  • September 19:
    • Varsity Girls, Home, 11:00 against Blue Mountain
    • Varsity Boys, Home, 1:00 against Blue Mountain
  • September 21:
    • Varsity Girls, Home, 4:30 against Williamstown
  • September 22:
    • JV Boys, Away, 4:30 against Otter Valley
    • Cross Country Meet, 4:00, Woodstock
  • September 23:
    • Varsity Girls, Away, 4:30 against Whitcomb
    • Varsity Boys, Away, 4:30 against Whitcomb
    • JV Girls, Home, 4:30 against Hanover
  • September 24
    • JV Boys, Away, 4:30 against Windsor
    • JV Girls, Away, 4:30 against Windsor


Middle School News

Middle School Parent Information Night.  Student Handbooks were handed out to families who were able to attend.  If you missed the Information Night a handbook was sent home with your student.  Please contact Catherine Farrington ( if you still need a copy.  The Student Handbook can also be found online by clicking here: MS Handbook and Program of Studies

The following link is a Power Point which summarizes the information from the Parent Information Night meeting.  Click here: MS Parent Information Night Presentation

Heifer International:  Your student has been given a packing list for this two night, overnight trip.  We will be outside for most of the time we are at Heifer.  The packing list reflects this.  Please make sure that your student has appropriate clothing and gear for cold or rainy weather and to do farm chores.  Ask for assistance if your student lacks appropriate clothing.  We have extra gear and clothing for this purpose.

The Middle School Lunch Program: The middle school lunch program continues to provide apples, milk and the makings for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  All students are instructed to check off the food that they have eaten on any given day.  Families will be billed for the food unless the family qualifies for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (Make sure you have submitted this information).  In this case Cynthia will not send home a bill to the family, even though a student has checked food off.  All students should feel free to help themselves to this nutritious food.  Full tummies are essential for learning!

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High School News

Attention Parents of Junior and Senior Students: We are excited to travel with the class of 2016 and 2017 to Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester on Tuesday, September 22 to attend the NEACAC College Fair. Students should be at TSA by 7:20 on the 22nd. Buses will depart at 7:30. Appropriate dress for this event is khaki pants and a button shirt or a dress or skirt that is within the school dress code. We consider this such an important opportunity that we have dedicated 5 faculty chaperones to attend in order to support students while also building relations with the attending colleges. This year’s chaperones include: Michael Livingston, Brian Tonks, Christa Wurm, Spike Carter, Kate Sensenich and Ellen Bagnato. No matter where students are in the process of planning for life after high school, this annual event is a tremendous way for them to network with hundreds of colleges from North America and consider a wide array of opportunities. Please support the event by having your junior and senior students at TSA by 7:20 on September 22.
Women Can Do Conference: This is an annual conference for young women that provides an opportunity to explore fields of employment that are not usually populated heavily by women.  Students attend two workshops and have time to spend in an Activity Expo tent, trying their hand at running a chainsaw, changing a tire, and other fun activities.  Lunch is included, and students enjoy walking around the Vermont Tech campus. Registration forms are available next to Christa’s office, deadline is Friday October 2. Please make checks out to “The Sharon Academy.”  If the $20 fee presents a problem, please touch base with Christa Wurm or Janice Stumpf.  For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at or visit

Date: October 15 2015; Event times: 8:45 – 2:30; Event price: $20

Independent Studies and Outside Classes: Independent Studies forms are due today, if you haven’t returned yours to Flo, make sure to do so on Monday, September 21st.  If you are taking a class outside of TSA, let Flo know by touching base with her next week or emailing her. For more information, please contact Flo at

Books Needed for European Literature–11th & 12th grade: Students in Division III Literature need to acquire the texts listed below.  New, used or electronic versions are fine. Copies are available to borrow, but students must contact Maria Piasecki directly to arrange to do so.  There is limited availability for some titles. Dante’s Inferno is the first text we will use in class–students should have a copy by Sept 21st.

  • Dante’s Inferno, trans. Robert Pinsky, dual language Italian-English publisher–Farrar, Straus, Giroux
  • Othello — Folger Shakespeare Library edition
  • Macbeth — Folger Shakespeare Library edition
  • Candide by Voltaire — Dover Thrift Editions
  • Heart of Darkness  by Joseph Conrad (Signet Classics edition with The Secret Sharer)

For more information, please contact Maria Piasecki at

Spanish Students to HOP for Latin Music Concert:  The Spanish Department will be taking all Spanish students to see a matinee at Dartmouth’s Hopkin’s Center on Thursday, October 8th. The performance is by the LA-based music group La Santa Cecilia, winner of the 2014 Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album. TSA’s World Language Department is sponsoring the trip and we’ll be transported by the fabulous Randy Leavitt in TSA’s own VeggieBus! For more information, please contact Mary Newman at or visit

HS Rock Climbing Team/Club: The rock climbing team/club has begun. You can join us on Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30. If you are interested in participating please go to the GMRCC web site to complete the online waiver. You can pay the daily rate as a trial or can join the team by calling GMRCC to pay the annual discounted membership rate. Contact Nancy Menton if you are interested in joining us. I can provide transportation to GMRCC for three and another parent can provide transportation back to Sharon/Strattford. We will continue to welcome members throughout the next few weeks. PE credit can be earned by completing an independent study form.



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 

HELP Needed at Tweed Valley Farm, Pittsfield Area: Help needed mucking the barn and cutting/stacking firewood. They are looking for several student volunteers to help during a day this fall. 4 Hours, one Saturday in September. Please contact Dana Decker:

Barnard Helping Hands Firewood Fest: Will be held on Saturday, September 19th from 9:30 to 1 at the Ward’s wood lot on Route 12 (with the rain date the following Saturday, September 26th) This is an opportunity for the Barnard community to come together to provide firewood for families in need of heating assistance for the coming winter. We are looking for volunteers who can help with the splitters and load trucks for delivery. There will be two shifts: 9:30 to 11 and 11 to 1. For more information, email: Mary Blanton 

Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race HELP NEEDED: Teams are needed to help disassemble the course at the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race.  The Vermont 50 MT Bike or Ultra Run benefits Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, a non-profit organization that provides sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. This event provides a major portion of the VASS annual operating budget.  The race this year is  Sunday, September 27, 2015.  The organizers need three or four teams on mountain bikes to disassemble and clean different sections of the course, starting at different times. The cleaning requires that you ride your bike on the course and pull down signs and pick up any trash you might find. The times and distances below are approximate at this time.  You can volunteer for one of the teams, a certain time, or simply to ride whenever you are needed. Participants get t-shirts and a BBQ.

  • Team 1.  Sweep from start to Skunk Hollow, with a subgroup doing the 50 K to M’ville (12.3 Miles & 11 miles respectively) 9:15am ish -11:30ish
  • Team 2.  Sweep from Skunk Hollow to M-ville (14.3 miles) 10:30 am ish -2:00ish
  • Team 3.  Sweep from M-ville to Fallon’s (9.9) 2:00ish-4:00ish
  • Team 4   Sweep from Fallon’s to Johnson’s (10.3 miles) 4:00ish -6:00ish

Additionally, the organizers are seeking people to drive around and pick up the signs at road-trail intersections.   It could be one person from each team or just one person driving around. Contact:

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Scholarships and College Info

Receive up to $22,000.00 for college with The Horatio Alger Scholarship To qualify:

  •  A student must have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower family income)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree

To learn more and apply, visit

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program recognizes students in middle and high school who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  In each state the top applicant will be receive an award of $1000.00 (not a scholarship) and an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington D.C.To learn more go to​

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.

Lyndon State College Wed September 23, 2015 11:00 AM
Quest University Canada Thu September 24, 2015 2:30 PM
Whitman College Tue September 29, 2015 1:00 PM



Classified Ads

House Lots for Sale: Two lots within walking distance to TSA high school on a quiet, town-maintained, dead end road. This is a lovely private setting where you can hear birds, spring peepers and the White Brook. Septic and driveway permits are in place; no building permit is required in the Town of Sharon. The lots are 1.5 and 1.6 wooded acres with a recorded survey. An added bonus is easy access to miles and miles of trails right from the properties! Please email for more information. For more information, please contact Miriam Rubin at

Fall Yoga with Sylvie: September is a great month to establish healthy routines to take us into the cooler months. These classes ground us into strength, flexibility, a clear mind and open heart.  All inquiries welcomed. Free trial class.

  • South Royalton-BALE Commons
    • Thursday-5:15-6:45, Level I
  • Randolph-Chandler Music Hall
    • Mondays-4:30-5:45, Level I
      • 6:00-7:30  Level II
    • Thursdays-8:00-9:30 am, Morning Mix

For info or to register;     802-498-8439