TSA Newsletter August 31st, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

Our First for the 2017/2018 School Year

Welcome back students and parents to what is sure to be another great TSA School Year!  Welcome new students and parents as well. This newsletter will be sent to you once a week, usually on Thursdays, during every regular school week, (not holiday weeks).  It is always filled with important information you will want to know about school and community events, academic sports schedules and accomplishments, college and career planning opportunities and a variety of other interesting news.  

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

September 2017

Fri 1 TSA Pot Luck 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Mon 4 No School: Labor Day
Tues 5 First Day of Classes – 8:15am – 3:15pm
Thurs 7 HS Electives Begin
Thurs 7 MS Information Night – 6:30pm
Tues 12 Senior Parent Night – Applying to College – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
 Fri 15  No School: Teacher In-Service
Wed 20 NEACAC College Fair for Div III Students
– 8am – 1pm
Thurs 21 HS Information Night – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wed – Fri 27 – 29 MS at Heifer Overlook Farm

To download a copy of the TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017, please click here: TSA 2017/18 School Calendar




Thanks to all of the TSA HS Seniors that helped welcome our incoming 9th graders on Wednesday. Volunteers from TSA’s Senior class helped show the 9th graders around the school, give them some insight into what being a 9th grader meant for them, and even played some fun games, like the Cheese Ball Challenge. Thanks Seniors – you provided a welcoming environment and leadership to our new TSA HS arrivals.



All School News

Thank you to those of you that have taken the time to complete The Sharon Academy’s Emergency Contact Information Form. We require families to complete this form each year, so that we always have current information on file. Please Note: students will not be allowed to go on field trips without this completed form. The information you supply will serve several purposes:
* To contact you in case of an emergency
* To provide the State of Vermont with information they require about our students
* To help TSA do a better job of communicating throughout the yearBefore you start you will need the following items:
 Primary Physician’s name and phone number
* List of any medications your student is taking
* Emergency contact information for three adults (other than parents/guardians)
* Grandparent contact informationThe form will only take about 10 minutes to completeWe will send you a spreadsheet directory organized by class the second week of school. If you haven’t done so already, please click here to take The Sharon Academy Emergency Contact Information Form:


PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE POTLUCK! Our 2017-2018 school year potluck is Friday, September 1st.  This event is designed to welcome new members to the TSA community, to introduce our staff to all of our families, and to give our wider community the opportunity to gather, all while sharing wonderful food.  Siblings and other family members are welcome and encouraged to come! 

Please join us and bring a food dish to share. Please bring 12 – 15 servings. That way we can ensure that all families, students, siblings, and staff members can have enough to eat.
Food Assignments:  In order to have a good mix of food, below are grade assignments. If you have children in more than one grade, please follow the assignment of your oldest student.
  • Families of 7th graders and of NEW 9th graders: Finger Desserts – Cookies, brownies, squares, bars, cupcakes, etc. Please bring at least 30 pieces of your item.
  • Families of 8th graders, RETURNING 9th graders, 11th & 12th graders: Main Dishes – Chicken, turkey, lasagna, spanakopita (or other vegetarian dish), quiches, burritos, ham, or your favorite entrée that doesn’t need reheating or to be kept warm
  • Families of 10th graders: Side Dishes – Pasta salad, green salads, potato salad, cold cut platters, cheese-fruit platters, rice salad, hummus, tabouleh, finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, or whatever is your favorite side dish!

TSA will provide cold water to drink. Please bring a picnic blanket and chairs if you wish. We will have a few on hand in addition to picnic tables. Please be sure to label your dish and any serving utensils and bring it home with you at the end of the night.

Potluck ScheduleThere are some changes to the schedule this year.  All activities will take place outside at the high school. If the weather is inclement we will hold the potluck inside the high school.
5:30 – 5:45 – Deliver your potluck dishes, receive name tags, and enjoy social time. Your student’s advisor and other staff will be available to chat. Tables will be set up by town groupings so that you can meet neighbors who have TSA students, or perhaps arrange a car pool.
5:45 – 6:30 – Start of Potluck Meal – Get in line and enjoy some delicious food!
6:30 – Bring your plate over and gather to listen to a few words from TSA Head of School, Michael Livingston.
If you are new to the TSA community, you are encouraged to introduce yourself to folks at any time throughout the evening.  If you are returning to TSA, please come help make our new families feel welcome, and to reconnect with old friends.  Thanks for joining us! We’ll See You Soon!


We are pleased to announce that Madeline Raynolds will be joining us as a principal intern this year. Partnering with the Upper Valley Educators Institute, this experiential learning opportunity is a way for us to share the many good things we are doing here with our community. A native to the Upper Valley, Madeline’s 20+ year teaching career started at Hanover High School.  Since then she has explored international education working in schools in Italy, Portugal, China and Brazil.  Her background in Literary Cultural Studies and the International Baccalaureate program, as well as her experience in theater and as a speech/debate coach will be an addition to our school.


Did you know that the TSA’s Free/Reduced Lunch Program provides you more than a free lunch? Even if your family qualifies but does not participate in the Free/Reduced Lunch or wish to not take advantage of it at this time, it can be helpful with other discount programs or if a lunch is forgotten from time to time. Please take the time to fill out and return the application.  All income information remains confidential and eligibility questions are answered with a yes or a no.

Income Eligibility Information:

FRLP Application:

Please return your filled out form to Cynthia Masterman. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Cynthia via email at: cmasterman@sharonacademy.net or call (802) 763 – 2500


A Special Message from TSA’s HS Div.3 History Teacher, Kimberly Barnhart: As a parent, for years I have used the website www.commonsensemedia.org for help navigating the age-appropriateness of videos, games, books and other content. I can type the name of a movie into the search bar and get detailed information from parents, kids and parenting experts.  My kids know that when they request to see a movie, we always will check Common Sense Media first. Checking out possible superhero movies, it is very clear that the movie “Deadpool” is not recommended for young teens (and why), but “Spiderman” is. The site offers other tools for parents as well. For example, this week’s email included a link to a helpful blog post called “Hack the School Year: When your teen needs to buckle down, take a tip from the pros and use apps and plug-ins to keep them on task.”: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/hack-the-school-year?j=5350026&l=512_HTML&u=81295501&mid=7000332&jb=116&utm_source=082517+Teen&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly
I hope you find this tool as useful as I do. Kimberly Barnhart 


Shop and Support TSA at the same time!  Do you shop on Amazon.com?  If you do, at no extra cost to you, you could be helping raise money for The Sharon Academy at the same time.  If you would simply switch to Amazon Smile (exact same company, shopping experience, and any account you currently have with Amazon.com automatically links to Amazon Smile), Amazon will donate 0.5% of your qualifying purchases (applies to most products) to The Sharon Academy. To designate your Amazon Smile account to link to The Sharon Academy, simply go to: http://smile.amazon.com/

Once you have signed into Amazon Smile (with your email address and password), at the top of the screen you should see where it says:  “Supporting:” , click on this and it should lead you to instructions to designate a charity. Please designate:  “The Sharon Academy”.  Once you do this designation, every time you go to Amazon Smile, it should say:  “Supporting:  The Sharon Academy” at the top of your screen.  You shouldn’t need to do anything else to make this work. This program is confidential, The Sharon Academy receives no information about you or your Amazon.com account or shopping habits. Now shop away and donate to TSA at the same time. Thanks for your support!


Phoenix Sports

Get Involved:  Join TSA’s Athletic Booster Club. This important club is for students and adults who wish to support the athletics at TSA. Your help is needed to volunteer for events and activities that raise money for our athletics department, make decisions about how to raise the money, and decide how to spend it. Join in the fun, volunteer today. Contact TSA Athletic Booster Club President, Kim Knoerlein for more information by emailing her at: kdk13vt@gmail.com


Drivers Needed: The success of the athletic program depends largely on help from volunteer parents. A big need for each of the teams is a parent to coordinate rides for games.Please discuss with your son/daughter’s coach immediately if you are available to do the coordinating of rides.


Available at all home varsity soccer games (and anytime at the HS) – everyone is invited to buy TSA Gear:
Long sleeve T-shirt – black with white lettering $15
Hoodies – green with white lettering $30
Fleece half zip – green with white lettering (embroidered) $40
Sweat pants – tie waist with gathered legs and elastic waist with open legs – Gray $25
Winter hats – white and green stripes, pompom on top $15
Water bottles – stainless steel and insulated $15

All clothing comes small to XL, there are a few 2XL and 3XL hoodies

For more information or to purchase, please contact Kim Knoerlein at kdk13vt@gmail.com


Phoenix Scrimmage Results:

TSA Varsity Girls Soccer 1 West Rutland 1

TSA Varsity Boys Soccer 1 West Rutland 1

(Not a misprint – same results from both scrimmages.)

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


Upcoming Games Next Week:

TSA High School Soccer is underway for all.
  You can access the practice and game schedule at: http://sharonacademy.org/athletics/athletics-calendar/


VB Home v Craftsbury; Thurs., September 7th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

VG Away v South Royalton; Thurs., September 7th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

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



Middle School News

Introducing Donald Mabbott, new MS staff member, who will be providing student support services as well as running the after school MS Homework Club, as written by Donald Mabbott: This is my first year at TSA and I’m REALLY excited to be here. I have been a middle and high school instructor for the past 10 years, but have also taught at the college level. My main focus has been writing instruction, and helping students find their unique literary voice. I am originally from Seattle, and new to Vermont, but I have lived in many states across the U.S. I play and teach beginning guitar and drums, I have two daughters who live in Portland, OR, and have been a “gamer” since the invention of Pong. I live in Montpelier with my wife Cass, my dog Sal, and an immortal cat named Gotham.


The Middle School Lunch and Snack Program: Please send your student to school with a healthy snack and lunch. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples, yogurt and cheese sticks are available to students if needed. Students who are taking lunch or snack can help themselves and are on the honor system to mark what they have taken.

  • peanut butter and jelly sandwiches $1
  • yogurt  $1
  • cheese sticks  $.50
  • apples $.50

Lunches are available for free for all families who qualify for free or reduced lunch according to income guidelines.* Families who do not qualify will be billed. There will be a form in the MS basement for students to fill out that allows us to track food purchases.  The use of this form (checking off each item eaten) is required in order for the program to continue through the school year.

*Information above, in the “All School” Section explains how to qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. If you did not receive this email, please contact tsa@sharonacademy.net and Cynthia Masterman will get back to you promptly.


High School News

Stand Up For Your Beliefs! Or, sit down and discuss them with this year’s 9th and 10th graders!  It’s our biennial “beliefs year”; and every Thursday, we invite someone from outside of the classroom to come in and discuss how their beliefs and values have helped shape the person they are today. We have had a farmer, a baker, a car salesperson, a solar industry lobbyist, a minister, a fiddler, guitarist, skier, dyslexics, professors. This would require giving up a Thursday morning of your life to come and sit down with two different classes of about 25 students each. The format you want to use is up to you, and we are available for consultation. If you’re at all interested, contact Charlie McMeekin at cmcmeekin@sharonacademy.net


Dear Members of European Literature class: a heads up regarding the first book you will need for class. Please arrange to have a copy of Dante’s Inferno (The Inferno of Dante, translated by Robert Pinsky) by Monday, September 11.  Maria Piasecki will have a limited number of copies available to borrow.  To reserve one you must email Maria with your request.  She will assign them on a first-come, first-served basis. Let her know if you have questions! Email Maria with questions or to reserve your copy at: mpiasecki@sharonacademy.net


Grown & Flown:  Online Community for Parents of High School and College Students. Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington started Grown and Flown because they saw that there was very little in the digital space about parenting 15-25 year olds. As experienced moms of five children (20-26) in their two families, they know that raising kids can be both daunting and gratifying. G&F is now the only large digital site that addresses the span of a family’s life when kids enter high school through the college years and beyond as they enter full-fledged adulthood. Mary Dell and Lisa also have an insanely engaged Facebook page (over 180k Likes) where they curate the most insightful writing from across the web that pertains to parenting older kids. And Grown and Flown is much more than two moms discussing their own parenting experiences. With an expansive library including writing from 200 contributors, the site has covered hundreds of topics, including:

  • How to help your child start off on the right foot as a 9th grader
  • Best ways to support your teen through junior year
  • How to help your high school kid deal with stress
  • Professor’s best advice for college freshman
  • And more.For more information, please contact  at  or visit https://grownandflown.com/


Scholarship and College Info

A note from Ellen Bagnato, TSA Director of Career and College Advising:
Dear 12th Graders and 12th Grade Parents, This is a follow up to the communication that was sent out in the spring regarding registration for standardized tests. The Sharon Academy STRONGLY recommends that all seniors take the SAT or ACT at least once before January 1st of their senior year.  This is important even if you are not applying to college.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this. There are a limited number of test dates and locations in the fall.  Some of the dates conflict with athletic events for TSA students.  For this reason it is important to plan and register for a test now. Below is a list of test dates and potential athletic conflicts.  Following that is a link to the SAT and ACT websites.  I encourage students to register for an early test date and not wait until December. Registering for a test takes some time, patience and a credit card.  It can be confusing.  I am happy to help. Don’t hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to working with you all!
Ellen Bagnato

Test Dates 2016:
Sept 10:  ACT, registration deadline is past.  (Varsity Girls Game)
Oct 7– SAT, registration deadline Sept 8 or Sept 27 with late fee
Oct 28– ACT, registration deadline Sept 22 or Oct 6 with late fee
Nov 4– SAT, registration deadline Oct 5 or Oct 25 with late fee
Dec 2– SAT, registration deadline Nov 2 or Nov 21 with late fee
Dec 9– ACT, registration deadline Nov 3 or Nov 17 with late fee

For more information about test dates:
SAT Test Dates:
ACT Test Dates:

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net 


Junior and Senior Students who attend TSA are eligible for 2 free dual enrollment courses while enrolled at The Sharon Academy. Dual Enrollment courses are college courses offered at a Vermont college or university. Students receive college and high school credit for these courses. Courses can be taken online or on campus. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a course in area of interest AND to gain impressive experience with college curriculum. Below is information on dual enrollment registration information at Community College Vermont. Please contact Ellen for more information. Important Dual Enrollment Deadlines: CCV’s summer term begins on May 22 and ends August 14. Interested students must complete the registration process by May 19. The fall semester begins on September 5 and ends December 18. The fall schedule is already available, so interested students are encouraged to register early (now or over the summer), rather than wait until late August. CCV Registration Process:

To register for a CCV class, students need to complete these steps:
1. Check in with their school counselor and consider their course options: https://andromeda.ccv.vsc.edu/Learn/Grid/SiteList.cfm
2. Complete the dual enrollment voucher application: http://www.vtdualenrollment.org/
3. Complete the online application to CCV: https://apply.ccv.edu/dualenroll/
4. Schedule times to speak with a CCV advisor & take the Accuplacer assessment. Students should call the CCV-Upper Valley front desk at 802-295-8822 to line these up.

Helpful Tips:

  • Students must have an approved voucher BEFORE registering for a class—this ensures the high school has approved each student’s choice and that funding is in place.
  • Students can use the following SAT or ACT scores to waive the Accuplacer, if they meet with an advisor and log into their College Board account in his/her presence:
    o NEW SAT: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing scores of 480+; Math score of 530+
    o OLD SAT: Critical Reading & Writing scores of 430+; Math score of 500+
    o ACT: English & Math scores of 22+; Reading score of 18+



Community Events

Land Art Lab opens Saturday Sept. 2nd, from 4pm – 7pm at King Farm in Woodstock, VT. Curated by TSA Art Teacher and TSA alumni parent, Jay Mead, who is also displaying a piece at the event, also features art from Rachel Gross, current TSA parent. Find out more here:



House for Sale in Sharon, VT: MLS # 4649034   321 Sharon Meadows, Sharon, Vermont. Three bedroom, 1.75 bathroom immaculate ranch with walkout full basement on 1.86 acres. Open concept. Kitchen with center island and pantry. Master bedroom with two closets. Partially finished full basement. Two decks with large lawn. Large open lot with lots of sun and views of the Vermont countryside. This house is close to everything, yet private. Quiet cul-de-sac. Only a 20 minute drive to Lebanon/Hanover or 10 minutes to Vermont Law School. The Town of Sharon offers school choice for Middle and High School. Easy five minute commute to the Sharon Elementary School or Sharon Academy. Easy five minute commute to Interstate 89. Asking price $233,000.  For more information, please contact Jodi Harrington at 802-296-1151 or email luv2sun517@yahoo.com or visit http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/321-Sharon-Mdws_Sharon_VT_05065_M48977-99552.

House for sale in Sharon, VT: located 3.4 miles up Fay Brook Rd. Address is 3430 Fay Brook Rd. Its a relatively large home. 3 bedrooms one on main floor and upstairs two.  one being a master with full bathroom. Kitchen is open, with dishwasher with lots of counters, wood floors main level and all new carpet upstairs (and in downstairs bedroom). Bathroom  on main floor with shower/washer hook up  on main floor. A full garage and side area with lots of storage space. A nice  yard with lawn and small front deck. The home is available Sept 1st. Heated with propane with back up furnace. Contact owner at 802-272-4539, or email: cporter760@aol.com


House for Sale at 4959 Vermont Route 14, across from the church in Sharon, VT.  It is a vintage Victorian in town and is within walking distance to store, post office, schools.  The house has been upgraded and restored with blown in insulation, some newer windows.  Appliances include: stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, all relatively new and an older washer and dryer.   The house has 3 bedrooms and a full bath up stairs and an additional bonus finished room previously used for my son’s entertainment.  The upstairs full bath includes a vintage claw foot tub, new 5” tiled shower and newly tiled floors, vintage pedestal sink with custom tiled backsplash.

Downstairs: laundry/mud room with own entrance.  Country kitchen with a large pantry in addition to cupboards in kitchen.  Large south facing dining room with bay window hardwood floors and wainscotting in both kitchen and dining room with built in china closet. There is a small library/den and a formal living room with a turret housing a baby grand piano.  There are three porches, two enclosed and one open in the front.  the home has a brand new furnace and oil tank, hot water heater, newer roofs on porches and chimney has been repointed.  There is custom wallpaper through out the house.  All knob and tube have been removed to satisfy insurance requirements and the home electric was increased to 100 amps.

Sale Price to be determined. Pictures of the house can be seen by clicking:  HERE
Contact Pamela Mather for more information by calling 802-356-0423 or email: pamelamather7@gmail.com


The Morrisons’ (TSA alum family) of Another Button Farm in Tunbridge are offering heritage breed pasture raised pork for sale.  Prices vary for individual cuts or if you have freezer space it can be purchased by the whole or half and cut and packaged as you desire.  All inclusive price per pound when purchasing by the whole or half is $4.25 a pound hanging weight.  If you are interested in tasty pork email anotherbutton@gmail.com or check out our website for more info:  anotherbuttonfarm.com