The Sharon Academy Update, April 22, 2015

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in High School, Middle School, 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



Mon-Fri 20-24 April Break


Mon 11 Senior Exhibition Day
Sat 16 HS Prom
Tues – THurs 19 – 21 MS at High Five (See MS News below)
Thurs 21 All HS Trip
Fri 22 No School – Teacher In Service
Mon 25 No School – Memorial Day
Thurs 28 Cafe Night
Fri 29 MS Semi Formal



General News

Dental Care: The HealthHUB Dental Hygiene trailer is visiting the Sharon Elementary and would like to invite students from TSA for preventative, dental hygiene services. The services will be provided include a preventative dental cleanings, comprehensive oral evaluation, necessary xrays, fluoride treatments and sealants (when necessary and upon parent permission). All students are eligible for the services, provided they have NOT had their teeth cleaned elsewhere within the last 6 months, and who are enrolled into the program. The HealthHUB mission is to improve access for medical and dental hygiene care, so your children can easily maintain their preventative healthcare needs. Please click here for a PDF with more information and registration.

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Middle School News

2015 Circus Highlights on YouTube!  Thank you to Ryan Newswanger (father of Lowry ’20) for taping Dr. Wunderkin’s World of Wonders. Ryan edited his two camera shoot into a 17 minute video featuring circus highlights.You can find the video on YouTube:
Science fair!  Students have begun work on their science fair projects.  The following link provides everything you want to know about this project including timetables and criteria sheets.  You students also has been provided with a hard copy of this information.    Timeline,  Grading Criteria,  Written Work Criteria

High Five Outdoor Leadership Program: This is a reminder that students will be attending the High Five Adventure Learning Center in Brattleboro, Vermont on May 19, 20 and 21st . Please watch for more information in upcoming newsletters for this two night overnight exciting trip. Drop off will be regular time on the morning of May 19th but pick up will be later than usual at about 5:30 on the 21st. Please also be aware that Friday, May 22nd is High Five recovery day and there will be no school for middle school students.

Time Capsules for Eighth Grade StudentsEighth grade students have received a Time Capsule envelope.  Their job is to fill the envelope with fun and meaningful mementoes from middle school and to turn it in for safe keeping by the end of the school year.  The envelopes will be filed away for four years.  On the last day of the student’s senior year time capsules will be delivered to students (if a student has changed schools we mail him/her the envelope).  Opening the time capsules together with old buddies from the middle school is always a fun and meaningful experience. Parents are encouraged to contribute by writing a letter to their student to put in the time capsule.  The letter can include hopes, wishes, congratulations or anything else you imagine your student would like to read when they are graduating from high school.  The more effort put into the time capsule now, the more fun it is to open four years from now.  Filled time capsule envelopes can be returned to Pam Ward at any time before the end of the school year. (Admittedly, we receive some late ones, including some come in during the summer and beyond.  The important thing is to get it done!)

MS Graduation is coming up!  The Sharon Academy Middle School Graduation Ceremony has been intentionally designed to support the goals of our mission.  Students are publicly recognized for their strengths, thanked for their efforts, and honored for the transformation they have undergone during their middle school years.  All eighth grade students are required to speak and are expected to reflect on their own personal growth, and to appreciate the supporting role that others have played in their lives. Additionally, the Graduation Ceremony provides a forum for the 7th and 8th grade to perform the choral work that they have been practicing for the prior ten weeks.  We recognize that the ceremony is long, and while we have trimmed the ceremony a bit from recent years, we have consciously decided to continue our tradition of having each student speak and to have their advisor speak about them.  We ask that family members come with the understanding that our graduation program is an integral part of our curriculum and to help us to support our students in this important transition to high school.

  • All students are expected to attend this event on June 12th 6:30 – 9:00 PM.
  • Both the seventh and eighth grade will be performing a choral program.
  • 8th grade student will be giving a short speech. Students will be given time at school to write their speech. They should also be writing and practicing their speech at home. We will begin the speech writing process at school at the end of May.
  • Students are expected to dress slightly more formally than casual school.
  • Please consider bringing a bottle of water and a snack to make your evening more comfortable –there also will be some refreshments available during the ceremony.
  • Dessert will be served following the ceremony.


End of school year middle school dates to remember:

  • May 19-21stMiddle school goes to High Five Outdoor Leadership Center in Brattleboro (see above for more details) Leave at 8:15 on the 19th.  Arrive back 5:30 on the 21st .
  • May 223d  – No school – middle school only
  • May 25th – No school – Memorial day
  • May 29th – Middle School Semi-formal at the Royalton Academy   6:30 – 10:00
  • June 4th – Middle School Science Fair in evening (6:30 – 8:30)
    7th grade Spanish Fiesta – need to bring in a dish to share – more information coming.
  • June 5th – 8th grade Spanish Fiesta – need to bring in a dish to share – more information coming.  Need to plan ahead due to Science Fair being night before.
  • June 11th – Eighth Grade Field Trip.  Seventh grade has regular school day.
  • June 12th –  Last day of school.  Dismissal at 2:00.  Middle school graduation celebration 6:30 – 9:00.  All students should attend.

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Career & College Guidance

College Planning Day for Juniors at Barnard College: May 3 at 1:00 pm.  Workshops for students and parents on the college application process, admissions interviews, college essays, financial aid and more.  For more information visit:

Scholarship Opportunities: We encourage seniors to apply for college scholarships.  No matter what the award amount may be, each scholarship  equals dollars that students do not have to pay out of their pocket in the future.  Listed below are a few of the thousands of scholarships available.  Seniors were also given more scholarship information in PATH class.


New Posting:
Heartland Lions Club Scholarship.  Available to seniors who live in Royalton, Sharon or Tunbridge.  There are five $600 scholarships available.  Deadline is May 15, 2015.  See Ellen for an application.

Continuing Postings

  • REGINALD LEE BLAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: The Reginald Lee Blair Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of “Reg” Blair who as a long time teacher and principal of the Sharon Elementary School showed exceptional personal commitment to the youth of the community, a commitment far beyond the requirements of his position in the school. The scholarship was awarded first in 1997 and each year since. The scholarship provides a one time stipend for formal, long term (at least 2 full school years) post-secondary education for a Sharon graduate. Applications will be accepted until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, May 4, 2015. See Ellen for a list of criteria.
  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission awards five, $1000 scholarships annually to high school students pursuing career and life choices consistent with the vision and values of vibrant and sustainable communities. Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2015. For more information, please see Ellen.


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 


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Summer Opportunities

Seeking Summer Arts Camp Junior Counselors: Looking for a fun summer job?  Enjoy working with children?  Interested in the arts?  ArtisTree/Purple Crayon is a nonprofit community arts center and gallery in South Pomfret, VT.  We are looking for responsible high school-age individuals with leadership skills to serve as summer arts camp junior counselors. For more information, please contact Karen Rodis at 457-3500 or visit.

Dartmouth Mathematics Summer Enrichment: The Mathematics Department at Dartmouth College and the Center for Mathematics Education at Dartmouth are pleased to announce two summer enrichment workshops for local high school students. Here is a chance for students to interact with mathematicians in a fun, non-graded environment. Topics covered will be outside of the usual high school syllabus. An exploratory approach will be emphasized. Each program will cover different mathematical topics and students are invited to attend one or both sessions.Summer 2015 Workshops:

  • Session 1: July 20,21,22,23,24.
  • Session 2: August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Workshops will meet from 1:00 to 4:00 in Kemeny Hall on the Dartmouth Campus. Program cost for each workshop is $20.00. Contact Amy Potter 603-646-2415 for more information or to apply. Email: For registration form go to:



Sharon House for Sale: 143 Sharon Meadows   Quality Custom Built in Serene Setting $315,000-For Sale By Owner Kelly 315-317-0902 (by appointment only)

•   Year Built: 2012
•   No. Stories: 2
•   Square Feet: 1990
•   Bedrooms: 3
•   Bathrooms: 2.5
•   Heating: Hot water plus Pellet Stove!
•   Internet: Fiber Optic
•   School: Choice including Sharon Academy!

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Building Lots for Sale: Two private, wooded 1.5 acre home lots offered for sale, located on White Brook Rd in easy walking distance to TSA high school. Site surveys have been recored; septic and driveway permits are on file, and one lot has the fist portion of a driveway already built. Lovely sites on a quiet dead-end road with easy access to miles of off-road trails for walking, biking, snowmobiling and skiing. Great neighborhood on a well-maintained town road just .7 miles off Rte 14. $40,000 per lot. For more information please call 802 299-5336