TSA Newsletter, April 7th, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

April 2017

Tues 11 Screens and Teens Parent Support Group Meets at the HS – 5:30pm – 6:30pm
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




Thank you to all of the students that helped out with  the Changing Perspectives workshop at the Sharon Elementary School last week. Emma Foster ’20, Jasmin Johnson ’19, Dillon Buttner ’18, Alex Olszewski ’19, Max Farrington ’18, Laila Reimanis ’20, all helped teach younger students what its was like to live with various disabilities.  I think our TSA students all learned something as well!


Thank you to Middle Schoolers Peter North and Elliot Tonks who helped at last weekend’s Middle School Open House.  They gave tours to the visitors and helped answer questions.



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


Conference Day Blood Drive – April 14th, 11am – 4pm: In an effort to make it accessible to parents and students alike, the spring Blood Drive will be held on Conference Day. The need for blood in the United States has, yet again, eclipsed availability. Every donation goes towards saving two lives. If you would like to register, or learn more information, go to www.redcross.org/give-blood, and enter the Sharon zip code:  05065. Walk-ins are also welcome. Expect it to take about two hours. You also get a pretty cool sticker and some juice. The TSA Blood Drive Team thanks you for your donation!  For more information, please contact Alex Binzen ’17 at abinzen@sharonacademy.net


High School math teacher Chad Behre created a survey about technology use. He will use this to analyze the TSA communities use of scoial media, gaming and the effects on lifestyle. This survey is anonymous. If you are willing to take the survey, Chad would be very grateful for your help. Here’s the link : Technology Survey
If you have any trouble opening the link, please contact Chad at cbehre@sharonacadney.net


Youth Lobby Day April 12th, 2017.  Last year, approximately 700 young Vermonters from over twenty different schools and universities marched down State Street in Montpelier and gathered on the State House lawn in the largest youth-focused political rally in Vermont’s history. These students were all united in the belief that greater political action must be taken to address the threat of climate change. Student organizers are currently working hard to make this year’s Youth Lobby Day, taking place April 12th, 2017, even bigger and better than last years’ event. Learn more about Youth Lobby Day 2017 here: http://www.youthlobby.org/rallyfortheplanet/


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 – 5:30-6:30pm – Moore Hall (The Pit) – Light Refreshments served. Dates:

  • Tuesday, April 11th
  • Tuesday, May 9th

For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at ksensenich@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

TSA MS Academic News:

MS Language Arts:  Students will continue to study and learn about short story writing next week and they’ll be ready to begin writing their own stories after vacation.

MS Science:
 Next week, students will continue to conduct background research on their scientific question.  All research for their science fair project needs to be completed before the break. To read more about the Science Fair, please see the attached handouts, which include both the timeline for the project and the criteria sheet:

MS Social Studies: 
This week, students will continue exploring the history of immigration in the USA through analysis of political cartoons. The assignment will be posted on Gradelink, and students will be presenting on Wednesday. No current events next week.

More TSA 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

This Saturday, The Sharon Academy will present its production of “Cut” at approximately 2:00 at the Lamoille Union High School theater. But hey, if you’re going to drive all that way, show up at 1:00pm, and you’ll get to see Otter Valley’s production of “Peter/Wendy”, and then get to watch us, all for the same money!

Want to make a day of it? Show up at 9:30am, and you can see perennial strength Milton High School perform “Poe’s Midnight Dreary”, followed quickly by Mill River’s production of “The Illusion”.

The cast enjoyed a warm home field presentation this week during our Thursday “X” block. Attendance for students was optional, and still, well over half the school came to cheer us on. What a gift! The cast from Thetford also sent a very warm congratulatory note, which meant a great deal to the team.


Fun fact!  As of Friday, April 31st, there are <4 in-school weeks until Senior Exhibition Presentation day.  Seniors were informed of some important dates to keep in mind relative to their progress in assembling and completing their Exhibitions. The project is a time-sensitive process and a graduation requirement.  What follows is a list of “Last Chance” dates for completing the elements of the project in a way to qualify you for on time graduation (separate from other requirements, like Community Service, for example.) –

Senior Exhibition Timeline Distributed to Students this Week


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


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.


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


College Information Session for Students with  Disabilities on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30pm.  Hanover High School will be hosting an event for students with disabilities and their parents to learn about navigating the college process and accessing support services once a student has been admitted to college. This session will be most valuable for students in their junior and senior years.  Since college students are required to advocate for themselves, students are highly encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net


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


Clay Workshop Series: Brushwork with Veronica Delay 4/8/2017; 12:30 – 3:30pm; $50. Veronica will demonstrate and teach her brushwork skills. You will be able to decorate once fired pieces. Veronica Delay is the owner of Tocco Terra, Taftsville, Vermont. She is highly skilled in brushwork on ceramics and an experienced instructor. For more information, please contact Diana Mellar at info@artistreevt.org or visit http://www.artistreevt.org/winter-clay-workshop-series/


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


Screening of August Wilson’s FENCES, April 8, 2017, 6:00pm, Tickets $15.  In anticipation of JAG’s staging of the classic American story, join us at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction for a screening of the Oscar-winning adaptation of August Wilson’s FENCES. Directed by and starring Denzel Washington, FENCES tells the story of Troy Maxson, a former professional baseball player in the Negro Baseball League who dreamed of stardom but was deemed too old to continue his career when the major leagues integrated. Now in Pittsburgh in the 1950’s, Troy is a sanitation worker and bitter, having missed his opportunity for success. His battle with resentment leads to tension with his wife, Rose, (played by Academy Award winner Viola Davis) and son (Jovan Adepo) in the midst of a changing American decade. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres provided by Piecemeal Pies before the screening followed by a pre-show discussion with JAG’s Artistic Director, Jarvis Antonio Green.

  • Doors Open: 6:00 pm
  • Pre-show discussion: 6:30 pm
  • Screening: 7:00 pm
  • Tickets available in advance (via website) or at the door.

For more information, please contact JAG Productions at info@jagproductionsvt.com or visit: www.jagproductionsvt.com/fences-screening


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


Healing through the Arts Day on April 9th from 2-5pm at Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon, VT. SafeArt will present its Clothesline Art Exhibit, curated by Mitch Beck, along with a reception. SafeArt founder Tracey Penfield will hold a signing and read from her new book “A Curriculum of Courage: Making SafeArt” at 3pm. The Arts Bus’ new executive director, Sharon Trautwein, will lead poetry and art projects for all.  Seven Stars president Lindsey Warren will lead a song learning session at 4pm for “Quiet,” a song that became popular at the Women’s March. This song is about finding strength and speaking out to create healing through harmony.  All genders and ages are welcome to attend.  The community is invited honor April as poetry and violence awareness month through creativity, community, and healing with art.   Suggested donation $5.  More information at www.sevenstarsarts.org
Or see the event flyer here:   Healing Through the Arts Flyer


Revels North March 2017 Happenings:
April 8 – Revels Traditions & Community Dance
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/



Four bedroom, two bathroom house for sale in Sharon.  This is a beautifully maintained and upgraded, antique Colonial,  with all new windows, plumbing, and electrical. Located in central Sharon –  just a quick walk to the elementary school or the local swimming hole. For more information, please contact  at  or visit http://www.estately.com/listings/info/4866-vermont-route-14