The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 24, 2015

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Newsletter

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


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



To Juniors & Seniors and Your Parents:  Thanks for making Tuesday’s trip to the college fair at Southern New Hampshire University a positive experience. From her interactions with college representatives at the fair, it was very clear to Ellen Bagnato that TSA students made a very positive impression.  In fact, she has already received several points of contact from schools requesting visits at TSA this fall.

THANK YOU to parents Dawn Cieniewicz, Karen Ruben and Jools Skeet for shopping for the Middle School trip to Heifer International.  Thank you also to bakers extraordinaire Maureen Bissaillon, Kirsten Eastman, Tracy Onega and Sue Schlabach for providing home-baked snacks.  Because of their efforts our students will have a nutritious lunch after departing from the Global Village.


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 pizzaDan & Whit’s General Store
Main St, Norwich VT
Free coffee with any breakfast sandwich/sandwich purchaseEaton’s Sugarhouse
VT-14 Royalton VT
5% off $20 or more purchaseFive Olde Tavern & Grille
South Royalton, VT
10% off food purchaseMike’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 sandwichesRoyalton Village Pizza
VT-14 Royalton VT
10% off large cheese pizzaSandy’s
US -14 Sharon VT
10% off purchase and after
10 purchases, 1 free itemSharon Trading Post
VT -14 Sharon VT
10% off a purchase of a sandwichVillage 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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Phoenix Sports News



Middle School News

Heifer International:  Middle School students traveled to Heifer International this week for a two-night overnight trip.  We’ll give you the report on how it went next week.

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!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all Middle School Parents for filling out the online Contact Information survey.  We are at 100% participation!

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High School News

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


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:

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

Try A Major Day for High School Sophomores and Juniors, hosted by Vermont Technical College:  Mark your calendars for November 20, December 4 and May 6.  These are not your typical “tour the campus days.”  They are days when students participate and interact with a major program they would like to “Try Out.”  They are also perfect opportunities for students to try out non-traditional by gender careers, i.e. women in engineering; men in allied health.

The Fall dates will be held at the Williston campus of VTC and will include opportunities to experience the following majors:  Aviation | Computer Engineering | Computer Information | BusinessTechnology/Entrepreneurship | Nursing | Dental Hygiene | Respiratory Therapy | Paramedicine

The May date will be held on the Randolph campus with opportunities to experience:  Computer Engineering & Information Technology | Diversified Agriculture | Architectural Engineering Technology |Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology | Mechanical Engineering Technology | Auto/Diesel Mechanics |Equine Studies | Business | Construction Management | Veterinary Technology | Nursing | Fire Science | and more!

To register please for any date, please contact


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.

University of Vermont Moses Murphy Tue September 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Whitman College Brian Choe Tue September 29, 2015 1:00 PM
Wells College Matt Sleezer Thu October 1, 2015 9:00 AM
Goucher College Emma Leheney Thu October 1, 2015 9:45 AM


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:

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:

1 bedroom house for rent:  Built in 1990’s on Strafford Road in Tunbridge, VT on a farm. $1000/month plus utilities, propane heat, washer/dryer, 2 car garage, exterior deck, wood and tile floors, carpet upstairs, snow plowing/lawn mowing included, pets negotiable,no smoking, DSL internet available. Required:  references, 1st and last month rent. Available now, call:  413-624-3786

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