The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 25, 2014

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in 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

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)

October 2014

Thurs 2 TSA Open House for prospective families, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Thurs 9 12th Grade Parent College Information Night @6:30PM
Weds 15 PSAT – 9th, 10th & 11th grades
Fri 17 “Zora” HS at Chandler

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Photo of the Week

Climate Change March

TSA students, past and present, at the People’s Climate March in NYC this past weekend.

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dividerToday in South Royalton: Chalk Festival

South Royalton’s center has become a street art “canvas” along with the town’s weekly farmer’s market, a musical performance (at 5:30 pm), and annual community potluck Stone Soup meal (at 4:00 pm). Come join in the fun and support TSA and SoRo student artists!

A section of street abutting the South Royalton Green has been roped off, and a group of student artists from TSA and SoRo are working on their chalk pieces through the whole day. (The artist, Katie Runde, is be leading the event. You can see some of Katie’s cool 3-D chalk creations here: http://www.katierunde.com/category/chalk/).

The event is sponsored by Artistree, BALE, Hurricane Flats, The Royalton Chowder Society, The Sharon Academy, The South Royalton Market, The South Royalton School, Vermont Council on the Arts and The Vermont Independent School of the Arts.

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TSA Open House

On October 2, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, we will hold our annual Open House here at the High School.  Please encourage any of your friends who are interested in finding out if TSA is the right next school for them to come to this informative and informal gathering. The evening is an excellent opportunity to meet current TSA middle school and high school students and ask questions about our school.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Amber Wylie – 763.2500 x120 or email awylie@sharonacademy.net.

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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 26th. and Saturday the 27th 9:00 – 1:00. 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!

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS: THANK YOU TO THE 17 VOLUNTEERS who have signed up already! 16 SLOTS ARE STILL OPEN for PIZZA MAKERS AND CONCESSION STAFFERS to round out the soccer season schedule. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. The Boosters have done an amazing job of setting up this program, you just need to show up and have fun! Sign up on the Google Doc (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hNvHdWc8LlLPcQ_XFhplV0yAsuoHENQ5JY67DO5SNg8/edit?usp=sharing), and then send Angelique an email (volunteer@sharonacademy.net) if it is your first time (so she will have your preferred email address). 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

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.

A Letter from Lauren Magrath, Director of Admission, Bennington College:
I was finally getting to unpacking from my trip up to [the College Fair in] Burlington last week and felt compelled to write and reiterate just how much I enjoyed the fair last week thanks entirely to your students.   Each woman I spoke with was eager and articulate, excited by their education and clearly not afraid of the unknowns.  These are rare characteristics in high schools students and so it simply must be attributed to something you and the faculty are doing at Sharon Academy…I feel like I stumbled into a wonderful little secret and hope to keep it at the forefront of my mind.

Break a Leg to Patrick Sharpe ’16 who will be performing  as Zubulon in  Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Woodstock Town Hall on October 24th, 25th, 26th and November 1st and 2nd.  Tickets can be purchased online at pentanglearts.org

Volunteer Appreciations

THANK YOU parents Allison Ericson, Nancy Menton and Amy Frost! Because of the initiative and efforts of these three parents, both the Middle School and High School will have Rock Climbing Teams for the fall. (See Gen News below)

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has filled out the volunteer survey so far. Your offers of assistance are extremely generous! I will be getting in touch with you over the coming days for immediate needs, and over the course of the year as our events unfold. If you feel like your offer of help has slipped through the cracks, don’t hesitate to email me (volunteer@sharonacademy.netIF YOU HAVE RUN INTO PROBLEMS WITH THE SURVEY, just email Angelique (volunteer@sharonacademy.net) and she will reset it for you.

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General News

 

Route 14 Closure: VTrans District 4 is planning a 1 day closure of VT 14 for a culvert replacement project on October 14th. The project will consist of closing VT 14 to completely remove an old culvert and replace with a new culvert. The road will be closed at 7:30am to all traffic and reopened at 6pm. This site will have one lane traffic a few days before and after the closure for prep work and finishing touches. The project site will be on Route 14 mile marker 1.2 in Royalton. This will be 500ft just south of Dairy Hill Road. There will not be a signed detour since this project is closed less than 48 hours.

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.

Internet Safety Presentation Last week at the high school, Carl Groppe, our IT Coordinator, gave students a presentation about IT. Please click here to download a copy of that presentation.

Rock Climbing Team This year, the Rock Climbing Team will be coached by Nancy Menton, parent of Junior Laurel Mendelssohn. Practices are on Tuesdays at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (GMRCC) in Quechee with competitions on Thursdays. Season starts on Tuesday, September 30th. The cost for the season is $250, but there is an option to “try before you buy” at $10 a go.  To sign up, go to the GMRCC website: http://www.vermontclimbing.com/. Interested students should contact Nancy (Nancy.menton@gmail.com).

American Mensa is inviting intelligence! This October, you are invited to take the Official Mensa Admission Test for just $20 (a $20 savings). Test takers must be 14 years or older and present a picture ID (ages 14 – 17 need signed parental permission). There will be a test session at TSA on Saturday, October 18, at 11 am. If this is not convenient, another test session near you by visiting us.mensa/org/testcalendar. One in 50 people qualify. Why not you? [RSVP to Blakeney Bartlett atrealestate@cozycape.com or contact Kimberly Barnhart at kbarnhart@sharonacademy.net with questions.]

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.

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Middle School News

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.  If you did not attend the parent information evening a paper with your login information has been sent home with your student.  Please let us know if you have questions or concerns regarding Gradelink.

Video Taping:  Please note that the middle school staff will be openly video taping some classes at the middle school only.  One purpose of the videos is to for teachers to self evaluate their instruction to inform their teaching practices.  Another purpose is to allow students to view their individual participation and body language during class.  Students will be aware of the videotaping.  If a video is used for student instruction, feedback will be done with that student individually in a private setting.  Once we have finished using a video for teacher and/or individual student instruction it will be deleted.  If you have a concern or question please contact Pam Ward

Rock Climbing: Interested students have been given a flyer that provides information regarding a TSA rockclimbing club.  If you would like more information please contact Nancy Menton (nancy.menton@gmail.com) and see General News above.

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.

High School Lunch: Exciting news! Starting next week, our HS Lunch program is expanding to provide lunch on four days – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We will be posting menus weekly. Please note – there are guidelines that we must follow in order to be in compliance with federal requirements. When you take a school lunch, you must take the whole entree, a salad, and a fruit in order to qualify. Here’s the menu:  Mon: Sandwiches; Tues: Vegetable Lasagna; Thurs: Make-your-own chicken and black bean burritos, Fri: Pizza.

HOBY Leadership Seminar: Open to sophomore students, HOBY is a terrific way for students who are interested in leadership to take their skills to the next level. Each school can send two representatives to a HOBY Leadership Seminar: a four-day weekend in May. Please see www.hoby.org for more information. Interested students, submit a 75-250 word essay to Kimberly Barnhart by lunchtime on Friday, Oct 31. The topic: “The most rewarding and challenging aspects of being a leader in your school and community.” (HOBY has a $195 inclusive cost, but if this presents an obstacle please talk to Kimberly Barnhart.)

Smith College Poetry Prize for Sophomore and Junior women: Consider entering this contest , judged by Natalie Diaz.  Submissions accepted until December 1 – one poem per student, maximum of 25 lines.   Finalists get to go to Smith and meet with  Ms. Diaz . For more information, please see the poster on the wall in the Pit.

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.

Europe 2016 Informational Meeting: October 16 at 7 pm — We are planning a trip to Europe for February break 2016 (next school year). It is open to any current TSA high school student. If you have any questions, contact Kimberly Barnhart at kbarnhart@sharonacademy.net. In the meantime, you can find out more information here: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1585258ZP?utm_source=link&utm_medium=RC&utm_campaign=sharetrip
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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.

 

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Community Events

The Morrill Homestead’s annual 19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 28th, 11:00am-3:00pm. Taste hand-pressed cider, sample heirloom apples, hand-crank ice cream, play period games, hike, play Valley Quest. Face painting, live music by Paul Kifner & friends! Rain or shine. Sponsored by Flint, Blake & Boles Roofing, Cabot Creamery Cooperative & Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory. $10 adults – $5 under 14 (includes lunch) For more information visit http://www.morrillhomestead.org/news-events/2014-programs-and-events/#16

Teen Touring Company 2014:Tuesdays 6-8pm, @Artistree in S.Pomfret, Sept 30th – Nov 18th. Teens will meet one evening a week with BarnArts staff to engage in dramatic improvisation and character and script development. TTC Spring ‘14 developed a new script set in a VT High School, which will provide a starting place for theatrical exploration this fall. New and returning TTC members will develop and expand characters and scenes leading the company to performances in local schools and other public venues. For more info/registration: www.artistreevt.org

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/

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Classified Ads

Car For Sale: 1999 Chevy Silverado Z71 Extended Cab Pick-up. 129,000 miles, 5.3L V8, towing package, 4WD, Automatic, FM/CD player, Line-X bedliner, mechanically sound. Has some rust on rear fenders. All new brake lines in 2011, replaced brake pads and rotors in 2013, new tires. Asking $4,700. See photos at http://burlington.craigslist.org/cto/4675974279.html or call Steve Faccio at 765-4134 or sdfaccio@gmail.com.

House for sale; Sharon: 9 year old raised ranch with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom for sale.  Potential for a 3rd bedroom and bathroom in the basement.  2 car, heated garage..  Please contact Nance Brown at 763.5288

House for Sale; Sharon:  2000 sq ft, 3 ac, private but easily accessible, potential rental income, $279,000.   Call 802-779-7814

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