TSA Newsletter, April 14th, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

April 2017

Fri 14 HS & MS Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day – No School
Sat 15 April Break Begins 
Mon 24 April Break Ends – Classes Resume
Wed 25 Paying For College Night – 6:30pm – for Juniors and Junior Parents
Fri 28 MS Dance – 6:30-9:30
Sat 29 TSA’S 21st Birthday Party Gala – “Coming of Age”
– 7pm – 11pm

The TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017 is available.  To download a copy, please click here: TSA 2016/17 School Calendar



April Break next week!  Enjoy your students – we will miss them!

(No Newsletter Next Week)



We are happy to welcome Kathleen Moore ’13
as Stephanie Davis’ substitute at the HS for the remainder of the school year.  Kathleen will be working together with Stephanie the week of April 24th.  This is a repeat performance as Kathleen substituted for Stephanie during her last parental leave.  We welcome Kathleen back with open arms!

Thanks go to Jared Jenisch, who chaperoned for TSA’s HS One Act Festival trip for the entire weekend.  And thanks to Christine Hoyt, Dave Hale, and Jools Skeet for help with driving.
See the update about the One Act in the HS Section below.


All School News

Get Your Tickets Now for TSA’s 21st Birthday Party Gala – We are “Coming of Age” – This is one of TSA’s most wonderful annual community events. Come join the fun on April 29th from 7pm – 11pm for TSA’s Fundraising Gala!  More information, including how to buy your tickets, can be found here: Gala


Reminder to all students:  All Community Service Hours need to be reported by June 1st in order to receive credit.  You can find the on-line community service form by clicking: HERE


Parent Support Group Meetings at TSA!  Screens and Teens. Helping support our kids (and each other!) navigate the complicated world of social media and technology. This is an open forum for any parents/guardians interested in joining. Kate will be facilitating the meetings with some guiding questions regarding social media and teen technology usage. The hope is that the ideas, questions, advice and curiosities that you bring will continue to guide the group. Kate says, “I am by no means on expert on this topic, but I would like to create a space where parents can share thoughts and offer support to each other as you navigate the complicated world of raising teens in a digital age.” Please do not feel you have to attend each meeting. Drop-ins are welcome! These evenings will be held at The Sharon Academy High School – Tuesday May 9th, 5:30-6:30pm – Moore Hall (The Pit) – Light Refreshments served.  For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at ksensenich@sharonacademy.net


Free Goldfish Available to a Good Home. A message from 8th Grader, Ben Rodis:  “My science fair partner and I are using live Goldfish in our project. After our project is done, we have nowhere for them to go. We would really appreciate it if someone would take them.”  If you are interested, please contact Ben at brodis@sharonacademy.net


Phoenix Sports

You can get even more TSA Phoenix Sports News and Pictures on the TSA Athletics Booster Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tsaboosterclub


You can also check out pictures of Phoenix Sports events at:
– it does require a Shutterfly Registration – but it is Free!



Middle School News

MS Dance coming up after vacation: April 28th, 6:30-9:30


April Vacation Camps – April 18th, 19th & 20th. Vacation day camps with ½ and full day options for ages 5-14! For more information, please contact Diana Mellar at info@artistreevt.org or visit http://www.artistreevt.org/vacation-camps.html


High School News

On Wednesday
Thursday, and Friday, May 3, 4, and 5, our Juniors will be completing state-mandated testing.  
On Wednesday, Juniors will be taking the NECAP Science test. This is a paper test and will be in the same format that students are accustomed to, having taken NECAPS for several years. On Thursday and Friday, Juniors will be taking Vermont’s new standardized test – the SBACs (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) – for Math and Language Arts. These tests will be administered on a computer.  Students will be introduced to this new format in late April. All of the testing will begin promptly at 8:15 in the gym. Testing will end in the early afternoon, usually around 1:00. The specific times will depend on the testing schedule for the day. In preparation for the testing, please encourage your student to:
  • get a good night’s sleep
  • eat a good, healthy breakfast 
  • bring their best effort to the test
Students can bring a water bottle and a book to the testing. Phones will have to be turned off for the duration of the testing. Sometimes the gym is chilly and students may wish to have a warm extra layer even if it is expected to be warm outside. Please note that these tests are required by the state. Any student who misses a part of the tests will have to make it up at a later date. Thank you for your support.


TSA’s One Act Update:  This past weekend, 15 students (think of that as 12% of the student body!) headed out to the Vermont State Drama Festival, held on Friday and Saturday at Lamoille Union High School. The first stop was The Commodores motel in Stowe, where we spent Friday night. But our objective was not to check in, it was to use their indoor pool!  The cast ran through their show, “Cut”, in the pool, with diving entrance, and underwater exits!  What a cast!  The rest of the weekend went swimmingly as well. We saw fantastic theater, and lived up to our own goal of presenting our show in a way that created laughter and fun. Julie Piper, an adjudicator at the festival and a professional theater person from The Weston Playhouse, said it best on her comment sheet: “Every member of your cast gave you 150% all of the time, which is what it takes if you’re performing a comedy.”  The two schools going on to the New England Drama Festival are Milton High School and Essex, the same schools our cast predicted would go on! Excellence in Acting awards went to Kian Kaufman, Ella Atkinson, Cal Hale, and Joseph Campbell!  The school also received recognition for “Comedic Timing”.


The Overnight Challenge (The OC) for TSA 10th Graders – dealing with change, adversity, and risk: May 4th and 5th. The Sharon Academy firmly believes that respectfully pushing students out of their comfort zone enables them to discover strengths that they might not otherwise know they had and to admire the strengths of their classmates. Our goal is that this experience will increase their confidence in themselves and their understanding of each other. Recognizing that the 10th grade year is an “in between” year (coming after the excitement of the first year of high school and preceding the unique challenges of our junior year) we are offering an overnight, experiential “off‐campus” program to help create a sense of purpose, community, adventure and ultimately to give 10th graders something special that makes their year stand out among others. For more information, see this memo to parents of 10th Graders:
OC Memo
Or please contact Tom Canfield at tcanfield@sharonacademy.net


Brand new  Vermont Technical CollegeCoder Camp for Girls – designed to give girls entering 8th – 10th grades (fall 2017) the chance to bring their creativity, experience making a program of their own creation, gain programming skills, take field trips to local innovative software development companies, hear about exciting career opportunities, build leadership skills through team building exercises,  and enjoy some good old fashioned fun too! Thanks to the generous support from the Vermont Women’s Fund – we are able to offer several full scholarships!  http://www.vtc.edu/academics/high-school-students/camps/coder-camp-girls or contact Elissa Lee at: elee@vtc.vsc.edu


ROSIE’S GIRLS STEM LEADERSHIP CAMP – 2017 Summer Camp Dates: June 19-23 or July 10-14, Randolph Center Campus. Accepting applications until April 26, 2017. Modeled after Rosie’s Girls Day Camps created by Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Tech’s summer camps create positive, safe, supportive, girl-centered environments, with teamwork, healthy body image and tons of fun woven in! A place where girls can enhance their leadership skills as well as get their hands dirty, express themselves creatively, explore what the world has to offer them, what they have to offer the world and take positive risks! It’s a great place for girls who have previously participated in Rosie’s Girls Day Camps now entering 9th or 10th grades or who have never participated and want to try something new. Program offerings may include: Computer Information Technology; Civil/Environmental & Architectural Engineering Technology; Construction Management; Science, Agriculture, Welding; Fire Science; Mechanical & Advanced Manufacturing Engineering plus loads of activities, arts, and more!! This experience helps emerging young women expand their sense of the range of educational, work and career options available to them and offers a follow-up mentoring program. All-inclusive 4-nights, 5-days camp/program, activities, dorm lodging, meals, and mentorship program for $375. Plus, several scholarship  available! Check out the website for more information:  http://www.vtc.edu/academics/majors/stem-programming/rosies-girls-stem-leadership-camp


There are a number of seasonal positions available that are available for HS students ages 16 and up at The Quechee Club in Quechee, VT.  The starting hourly rate is $10 per hour – Vermont’s minimum wage.  If interested, see the attached by clicking:  HERE.  Also, please feel free to Susan White at  802-299-2187 or via email at:  Susan.White@Quecheeclub.com


Summer Camp Job Opportunity at Horizons Day Camp on Lake Fairlee for High School Students as camp counselors. Do you enjoy working with children, want to be part of a fun community on a beautiful lake, and love to be outside and active all summer? Horizons has a few positions open for Assistant Counselors (9th and 10th grade) and Lead Counselors (11th, 12th, and beyond). For more information, talk to TSA students who have and will work at Horizons:  Mallory Lloyd ’17 and Caleb Eastman ’18. Or to apply go to https://alohafoundation.org/horizons/ or call Alumni Parent and Camp Director, Tracey McFadden at 802-765-4496


Scholarship and College Info

Horatio Alger Scholarship: High School seniors who intend to pursue postsecondary education at a community college or technical school in Fall 2017 are encouraged to apply for the Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program. Application deadline is June 15, 2017. Please visit this website for more detailed information:


Calvin Prize Essay Contest:  The Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth is a prize named after President Calvin Coolidge and his son, Calvin Coolidge Jr., for writers aged 19 years and younger currently living or attending school in Vermont. The first place prize of $1500 and the runner-up prize of  $500 are awarded for the article, essay, or poem under 800 words that best answers the prompt “Could Coolidge Win Today?” Deadline to submit is May 19, 2017 For more information visit:  https://coolidgefoundation.org/blog/2017-calvin-prize-for-vermont-youth/  or contact Rushad Thomas at rthomas@coolidgefoundation.org


Scholarship opportunity for Strafford Seniors.  Attention Graduating Seniors: applications for the Robert H. Ordway Fund are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office in Strafford. To apply for the award, you must:

  • be a graduating high school senior.
  • be a legal resident currently residing in Strafford.
  • plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited school above the high school level (Any full-time study program offered by an accredited school of higher education will qualify- including vocational and other specialized training.).
  • complete an application and return it to the Town Clerk’s office by June 1 of your senior year in high school.

All graduating seniors wishing to further their education beyond the high school level are encouraged to apply. The Committee will be glad to answer any questions you might have. The Robert H. Ordway Fund Committee:

  • Joanna Hawkins, 765-4040, joeylornell@gmail.com
  • Diana Leddy 802, 356-4388, everywritevt@aol.com
  • Danette Harris, 765-4312, Danette.A.Harris@gmail.com


Free College Planning With VSAC. High school juniors, sophomores & parents — Attend College Pathways 2017 for free college planning workshops that cover the admissions process, where to find money for college, how to find a school that matches your needs and budget, and more. Choose from three dates on three different Vermont college campuses. It’s all free.
April 29 at Johnson State College, Johnson, 9:00am – 12:30pm
For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://www.vsac.org/college- pathways

Explore College and Career Options with Vermont Tech. Vermont Tech has a number of upcoming events for sophomores, juniors and seniors to check out all they offer:
Randolph Campus Spring Open House     April 22
Williston Campus Spring Open House      April 29
Randolph Try a Major Day                           May 5

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://www.vtc.edu/admissions-aid/tours-events


Alumni News

2017 Alumni Events Calendar

Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00pm – TSA Alumni Wing Night at 5 Olde in South Royalton.  Hosted by TSA Alumn Zach Nugent. Join us for some reminiscing and chicken parts. Significant others are welcome! Check out the facebook page for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1242928739121020/

Saturday, April 29th – TSA’s 21st Birthday Party Gala. All alumni are welcome to come celebrate with us. Enjoy dancing to The Party Crashers, great food, cash bar and a lively auction

Sunday, April 30th – Alumni Brunch at ML’s. All alumni are welcome to come enjoy some bagels and fun with Michael Livingston at his house.  Check out the facebook page for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/765025130321552/

Thursday, May 25th – Alumni Day. Share your experiences and your wisdom about life after TSA with current students. Meet with faculty to share suggestions/feedback about TSA.


Community Service

Seven Stars Arts Center Internship:  Interested in nonprofit management? Publicity and social media management? Graphic design? Be an intern at Seven Stars Arts Center and gain community service hours for your school requirement.  Join the SSAC team and help create a vibrant arts community for all in the Upper Valley.  To inquire, email Lindsey: president@sevenstarsarts.org

For more information, please contact Lindsey Warren at president@sevenstarsarts.org


Community Events

A message from TSA Parent Steve Gagliardone:  Here are 3 big marches that are coming to a city near you:

People’s Climate March , April 29 : https://peoplesclimate.org/
March for Science on April 22: https://www.marchforscience.com/
Tax March , April 15: http://taxmarch.org/

Go to the bottom of each site to find local marches near you. And if you have not been part of a march yet, try it. It rejuvenates the soul and gives us energy going forward.


Free Community Art Build for the Climate at ArtisTree in anticipation of Earth Day and the People’s Climate March.  The art build will take place at ArtisTree in South Pomfret, VT.  Friday, April 21, 5-8pm. Come create art that conveys a message for Earth Day and the upcoming People’s Climate March!  One of the most powerful ways to share your views about climate change is by making art. Join fellow community members and create banners, signs and more in a variety of media. All materials will be supplied, but feel free to bring reusable cardboard if you have it. All ages are welcome, so bring your friends and family!  Tap into your creativity to design meaningful pieces that you will take home with you. Display your art for Earth Day on April 22 and/or bring it to the People’s Climate March on April 29 and share your vision for our planet.  For more information, please contact Karen Rodis at: artsined@artistreevt.org  Or by calling: 802-457-3500 Or visit:  www.artistreevt.org


Vermont Acoustic: an evening with The Sky Blue Boys and Last Train to Zinkov4/14/2017, 7-9pm, $20 Tickets. Join us for an evening of tradition and folk as old as American music itself. Cash bar. For more information, please contact ArtisTree Community Arts Center at info@artistreevt.org or visit http://www.artistreevt.org/sky-blue-boys-last-train-to-zinkov.html


Wine Tasting Fundraiser to Benefit 2017 US Japan Career and Cultural Study Program, Thursday, April 27th; 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The US Japan Culture and Career Study Program is hosting an adults only wine tasting and silent auction fundraiser. The wine is provided by Artisan Cellars and Scavenger Gallery Wines, and auction items come from Vermont and Japan. Along with this, there will be appetizers, raffles, and music by Mike Parker. All funds raised will go towards the US Japan Culture and Career Study Program. The event is at Briggs Opera House and tickets will be available at the door for $20. For more information, please contact Bob Clavelle at clavelleb@gmail.com


Revels North March 2017 Happenings:
May 13 & 14 – Christmas Revels Auditions
May 15 – First Rehearsal for Summer Revels
May 20 & 21 – Pancake Breakfast
For more details on these events, please visit:  http://revelsnorth.org/



TSA Help Wanted:  Cleaning Service or a person to clean our two school buildings beginning mid-June:

  • For TSA’s Middle School:  6 hours/week in the school year and as needed during the summer. This is a long-term position.
  • For TSA’s High School: 10 hours/week in the school year and as needed during the summer.  This is a substitute position that will end in October.  Job Description attached, click:  HERE