TSA Newsletter, Dec. 1, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

December 2017

Tues 5 Picture Re-take Day
Thurs 14 Jr. Iron Chef Family Information Meeting at TSA’s Middle School – 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Wed 20 Cafe “Afternoon” for all HS & MS – at the HS – Regular Dismissal at 1PM
Thurs 21 Winter Break Begins

January 2018

Mon 1 New Years Day – No School
Tues 2 Teacher In-service – No School
Wed 3 School Resumes – Dismissal at 12:30 – note change in time.
Wed 3 First Day of Skiing – Suicide Six at 12:30pm – sign-up survey coming soon.
Wed 3 Alumni Ski Day – Suicide Six at 12:30pm

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




Rock of Ages, HS Interim Appreciations:

Thank you to the over 60 volunteers who donated food and helped set up for the wine and cheese event before each of our interim performances of Rock of Ages. It was a hugely successful event with over 100 attendees each night. And thank you to our students who spoke to the audiences each night about their leadership opportunities and learnings from their interim experiences. What a special couple of nights!

A special shout out to the 25+ parent volunteers who stayed late after Saturday night’s interim performance and cleaned Chandler Music Hall. They did this in record time! Never before have we finished this task before 11:18pm. Thank you parent volunteers! 

Congratulations to all of our HS students who participated in this year’s high school production of Rock of Ages. 100% of our High School students participated in some capacity for this amazing two weeks of hard work and authentic learning. You truly rock!

Penny War Victors:  TSA’s 9th Grade Class – The ninth grade certainly dominated the penny wars held during interim, but all classes are to be commended for the money they donated in support of Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims. Over $322 was raised in a fun way for this important effort.

Other Important Appreciations:

Thank you to Lois Gross, mother of Abby Gross ’21, and alumni Emily ’17 and Ben ’14, for filling in for Cynthia to serve lunch yesterday at the high school!


All School News

Please turn off your cars when waiting to pick up your students at TSA! Idling cars in our schools’ parking lots create harmful air pollution for our students and our environment. If you get cold during these winter months – we invite you to come inside our warm schools. You’ll get warm and we will bet that your students will be quicker to get out to your waiting car! You can check on guidelines and laws regarding idling vehicles here from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Website:

More information from the Environmental Defense Fund:

  • Turn off your ignition if you’re waiting more than 10 seconds. Contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling. In fact, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.
  • Protect your car engine by idling less. Frequent restarts are no longer hard on a car’s engine and battery. The added wear (which amounts to no more than $10 a year) is much less costly than the cost of wasted fuel (which can add up to $70-650 a year, depending on fuel prices, idling habits and vehicle type). Idling actually increases overall engine wear by causing the car to operate for longer than necessary.

Reasons to stop idling – A simple turn of your key can keep the air cleaner and save money and fuel. Every time you turn off your car engine in place of idling, you’ll:

  • Make the air healthier by cutting down on hazardous pollution in your town or community. Idling tailpipes spew out the same pollutants as moving cars. These pollutants have been linked to serious human illnesses including asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and cancer.
  • Help the environment. For every 10 minutes your engine is off, you’ll prevent one pound of carbon dioxide from being released (carbon dioxide is the primary contributor to global warming).
  • Keep money in your wallet and save fuel. An idling car uses between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel an hour. An idling diesel truck burns approximately one gallon of fuel an hour.


TSA Skiing and Snowboarding Program at Suicide Six: The first day of TSA’s Ski and Snowboard Program will be the first Wednesday after winter break. Suicide Six is a relatively small, very friendly ski area located in Pomfret, Vermont. Suicide Six offers us very reasonable prices on skiing, snowboarding, lessons, and rentals. While this program is not mandatory, we encourage all students to participate. We have had great fun with this program in previous years. It is a ski area that offers terrain for all abilities:  many beginner runs, and it is a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. It does have enough challenge that even our advanced skiers and boarders can enjoy the afternoon with their friends. Suicide Six has also installed a new high-speed quad chairlift, which means more runs for your student each visit. Additionally, high school students can use participation in this program to satisfy their physical education requirements. Look for more information and forms soon. Please contact Catherine Farrington at:
cfarrington@sharonacademy.net, with any questions.



Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21


TSA Fall Sports Wrap-Up
As we enter into the Winter Sports Season – a look back at the highlights of TSA’s Fall Sports:

Varsity Boys:  Once again, the varsity boys had a successful soccer season with many impressive wins. The varsity boys pulled off a remarkable 2-0 win against state runner-up, Long Trail. The team also made it to the quarterfinals before suffering an unfortunate loss to eventual champion Rivendell. Overall, the varsity boys had a strong team this year, with all players crucial to the team’s success. Sam Knoerlein ’17 and Olly Skeet-Browning ‘20 shared the title of leading scorers. Olly led the team in assists. He also made second team all league along with Sam Knoerlein ‘18. Cole Ward ‘18 also had an impressive season and was a defensive standout; he received 1st team all league honors as well as 1st team all state. Cole and Willy Barnes ‘18 led the team as co-captains. A huge thanks to Coach Rob Stainton, in this, his final season as the varsity boys coach. Rob has had a thirteen year career with the TSA soccer team where his teams have made an impressive 11 semifinals and gone to the championship game 5 times. In order to thank and honor Rob for his passion, support, guidance and commitment to the TSA soccer program and its players, the TSA soccer field will hereby be known as Rob Stainton Field. Rob was bestowed this honor at the boy’s Varsity soccer banquet.

Varsity Girls:  The varsity girls had an up and down soccer season this year, but the girls managed to pull off many impressive wins, including success in their games against Rivendell. The varsity girls had a great defense this year and finished their regular season at .500. Unfortunately, after fighting hard they lost against Twin Valley in the 1st round of the playoffs. Kaila Skeet-Browning ‘18 and Eva Sturm-Gross ‘18 led the team as co-captains and were defensive standouts. Novah Conway ‘21 was leading scorer for the girls, and made first team all league as well as division IV all state along with Kaila Skeet-Browning ‘18. Congratulations as well to Rory Livingston ‘20 who did an amazing job in goal for her first time as a varsity keeper. Coach Heidi Thedwall did a wonderful job with the girls in her first season with TSA.

Cross Country:  The Phoenix Cross Country team competed in 7 meets this fall, culminating in the State Meet on Oct 28 at Thetford Academy. The 5K race courses ranged from the fast, flat Keene, NH course for the CVC Championship to the grueling Woods Trail at Thetford. A goal of any successful distance runner is gradual improvement over time and each of our runners did exactly that, improving their times throughout the season and from previous years in some cases. Our top individual performance at the State Meet was Laila Reimanis ‘20 who posted a 10th place finish in the girls Division 3 race.

JV Boys:  A tough season for the JV boys, who struggled with numbers but made it work and finished the season with a win under their belt. Ian Robertson ‘21 and Daniel Henderson ‘22 were leading scorers. Although the team didn’t win many games they showed improvement throughout the season and had fun while learning the game. A huge thanks to Evan Halnon, TSA ‘13 who stepped up and did a great job as coach.

JV Girls:  The JV girls had a tough start to the season, but improved greatly by the end. They ended the season with their two best games which were both quite competitive. The girls came together and formed a close bond and had fun improving their skills. Abigail Gross ‘21 and Anika Eastman ‘21 were co-captains. Tia Kendall ‘21 led the team in scoring and Xia Gillespie ‘21 was an amazing first time goalie. A big thanks thanks to coach and alumn Grace Dorman, TSA ‘17

Middle School Soccer:  Despite a losing record, the TSA Middle School soccer team, led by captains Margot Frost ‘22 and Daniel Henderson ‘22, played hard, never gave up, and put pressure on opposing teams throughout the year. The offense was led by the trio of Daniel, Jackson Nichols ‘22, and Chase Conway ‘22, while the defense was anchored by Beth Dobrich ‘22, who had a breakout season. Up-and-coming goalkeeper Bella Crowe ‘23 was unfortunately hampered by injury, but Jack Lloyd valiantly stepped in to take her place. As sweeper, Shannon Hadlock ‘23 used her speed to consistently frustrate attackers throughout the season. Overall, the middle school players showed an admirable willingness to put the best interests of the team first and always exhibited good sportsmanship on the playing field.

TSA Alumni Fall Sports Action:

Mallory Lloyd ’17:  Mallory has continued to show off her impressive soccer skills as striker at Plymouth State and was recently named Little East Conference Rookie of the Year as well as being 1st Team All Conference. Mallory has proved to be an important member of the team. Mallory led her team in both goals and assists accumulating an incredible 31 points.

Thatcher Morrison ’17:  After leaving TSA, Thatcher continued playing goalie, now at Paul Smith’s College. He started fourteen games, and had 91 saves. The season finished with five wins and six losses. Keep it up Thatcher!

Margaret Gish ’14:  Margaret, who attends UVM, has continued to be successful running cross country. She was a captain on the women’s XC team. She ran her fastest race ever during her final race of her senior year. Both the women’s and men’s teams finished 4th out of 9 at the America East Conference Championships.

Jocelyn Johnson ’17: Now plays soccer at Nichols College Jocelyn played eight games this season with a total of 146 minutes on field.

Alex Binzen ’17:  Alex coached the Newton School’s 3/4 coed soccer team. Alex, alumnus of the Newton School and The Sharon Academy, became head coach this past August and did a fantastic job developing young athletes and keeping the focus on having fun. Whether his players made a great play or missed an opportunity, the other players cheered and supported. They even won their last game.

Grace Dorman’17:  Grace has stayed involved with soccer at TSA by taking on the role of JV girls soccer coach, she did a great job sharing her knowledge with the girls and making sure they had a great time. The girls didn’t win any games but they stayed upbeat and improved throughout the season thanks to Grace.

Evan Halnon’13:  Evan did a great job in the role of JV boys soccer coach this season. He taught the boys many important skills and everyone had fun. The team was short on numbers, but they made it work with volunteers from the middle school team. Thanks Evan!


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 –

VB Basketball Scrimmage v Thetford; Sat. December 2, Time TBD

VB Basketball Home Scrimmage v Green Mountain; Tues. December 5,  7:00 pm


TSA High School sports schedules can be found at:


You can also check out pictures of Phoenix Sports events at: https://tsaphoenix.shutterfly.com/#
– it does require a Shutterfly Registration – but it is Free!



Middle School News

TSA MS Science Update:  This week we are concluding our fruit fly lab reports and reflecting on our genetics unit. Now we will shift gears and focus on our first Food & Hunger unit: nutrition. We will start by exploring nutrition labels. Next week, students will complete a lab in which they test for the presence of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in different foods.

TSA MS Language Arts Update:  This week students began our new unit on food and hunger.  We will focus on the Irish Potato Famine by reading Black Potatoes, a non-fiction book about Ireland during this time period. The first Quarter Century Club deadline is on December 15th.

TSA MS Social Studies Update:  Next week in social studies, we will continue our exploration of food and hunger issues by watching the documentary, Global Banquet. Students will also do a cost of living activity and a food-related current events discussion.

Report cards are now available on Gradelink.
Hardcopies are also getting mailed home to every family. The hope is that all families will take the time and read the comments. If you have any questions regarding access to gradelink, please contact Catherine Farrington at cfarrington@sharonacademy.net. For any questions regarding grading please contact your student’s advisor and/or Andrew Lane at alane@sharonacademy.net

TSA MS Geography Bee: 
The TSA Middle School will hold its annual Geography Bee after school on Thursday, November 30th, from 3:30 until 5:00. All students are welcome to stay and participate. Historically this has been a very fun event. The school winner goes to the state bee in Middlebury in April. We have even had a state winner go to the National Bee in Washington, D.C. Contact Fallon Abel with any questions at: fabel@SharonAcademy.net


Jr. Iron Chef information meeting: Thursday, December 14th, from 4:30-5:00PM.  The middle school has registered three teams for the Jr Iron Chef competition!  Please check your email for the team list. Contact cfarrington@sharonacademy.net with any questions.


STEM Bridge Building (and Crushing) Competition at Vermont Tech: For Middle School – March 23, 2018 and High School – April 12, 2018 – Randolph Center Campus In advance of the event competition, teams of students create Popsicle stick built bridges; judging based on aesthetics, originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, and predicted failure point. No cost to enter, complimentary lunch and t-shirts – plus scholarship funds offered to top performers. For details: http://www.vtc.edu/bridge-building-competition ; Contact: John Diebold – jdiebold@vtc.vsc.edu



High School News

Items found and still to be claimed from Interim:

  • Please come and check out the table and clothes rack of items in lobby of the high school. These items will be going to Listen soon if not claimed.
  • Included in those items is someone’s blue Pyrex lid

Items still missing from Interim:

  • Cinch-sack with a set of car keys inside
  • Student wallet


Vermont Tech – Upcoming Events for HS students:

Vermont Tech Visual Media Competition – create now and submit by Dec 13, 2017 (free and cash prizes)

Entrepreneurship Education (Entrepreneurship crosses all disciplines) – for Vermont 9th- 12th grade students in any discipline! Enter the ninth annual bumper sticker and/or mini video U-Tube competition – themed: “Vermont Entrepreneurship….. It’s amazing for all ages”   Cash and other prizes; deadline for entries December 13, 2017.  Awards presented at the annual 2018 Vermont Entrepreneurship Day in Montpelier, Feb 8, 2018 – at the Statehouse and Capitol Plaza Hotel.

STEM Bridge Building (and Crushing) Competition at Vermont Tech: For Middle School – March 23, 2018 and High School – April 12, 2018 – Randolph Center Campus In advance of the event competition, teams of students create Popsicle stick built bridges; judging based on aesthetics, originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, and predicted failure point. No cost to enter, complimentary lunch and t-shirts – plus scholarship funds offered to top performers. For details: http://www.vtc.edu/bridge-building-competition ; Contact: John Diebold – jdiebold@vtc.vsc.edu

For information on any of these events, click: HERE or Contact: Laurel Butler @ lbutler@vtsbdc.org


Seeking Chain Reaction Workshop Leaders: On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 TSA will host its 9th Annual MLK day celebration, Chain Reaction.  We will offer a day of student, teacher and community-member led workshops focusing on celebrating, exploring and engaging in the spirit of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are currently looking for TSA faculty and staff, parents, alumni, or other community members to propose workshops regarding any of the following topics: (Or a subject of your own choosing!)

  • Race and Language
  • Race, Ethnicity and culture in the media
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Art/Literature
  • The Life of MLK Jr.
  • Stereotypes and assumptions
  • Diversity and Difference
  • The privilege of the majority
  • Economic Disparities

This is a limited list so if you have other ideas about workshop topics, please be creative! If you are interested in possibly leading a workshop, please take a moment to think about how your chosen topic may address these ideas:

  • What happens/has happened between “US” and the “OTHER”?
  • How does this topic fit into the work of Dr. King and the spirit of his work?

How does this topic fit with the day’s objectives, which are to:

  • Explore the unspoken assumptions we make on a daily basis.
  • Increase our awareness of how our differences can enhance our relationships.
  • Begin to engage in difficult conversations.

We anticipate that the workshops will last either 75 minutes (single session) or 150 minutes (double session). Please let us know if you are interested in leading one and send along a brief proposal of what you would like to focus on and how the workshop will be structured. You can email Kate Fabrikant at:  kfabrikant@sharonacademy.net or call at 802-763-2500 ext 215



Scholarship and College Info

For more information on most of the topics listed below, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net

Deadline Dec 2 for American Legion Speech Scholarship Application:
NOW is the time to consider participating in the American Legion Oratorical Contest, a Constitutional Speech competition.

  • Vermont Department: top 3 receive award money
  • National winner: top 3, receive scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 respectively
  • All other national participants receive $1500 to $3000

The student must:

  • Speak 8-10 minutes on some aspect of the US Constitution as it relates to the responsibilities of citizens
  • Speak 3-5 min. on one of 4 “assigned” amendments (one is selected by a draw from the hat moments before speaking)

For vital information about competing in this program, go to www.legion.org/oratorical

This contest requires research, familiarity of the U.S. Constitution and according to one coach, 50-100 hours of preparation.  It is the perfect adjunct to Social Studies and History courses. For a well-prepared, talented student (grades 9 – 12), there is an excellent possibility of garnering some money for college. Completing the application doesn’t obligate the student to participate.  It does give the organizers an idea where to focus their limited resources for the best possible outcomes.  American Legion National winners are automatically seated for National Forensics League Tournament. The competition begins in the local school and a contest is held at a local American Legion Post in January. The local post winner competes in a District Contest tentatively planned for February 2018.  The district winner goes on to a state level contest to be held March 3, 2018. There are 5 districts in Vermont. For more information, please contact Karlene DeVine at 802-877-6392 or visit kdevine@myfairpoint.net



FAFSA Fridays! Will you be filing a FAFSA? Every Senior Should! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is your pathway to funding for the education and career training after high school. Every student should file one! Call VSAC’s special FAFSA helpline at 888-943-7301 during the FAFSA hours listed below, make an appointment to see one of their counselors in Winooski, or walk in any Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. FAFSA Fridays are: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23. They’ll also be open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday nights, Jan. 4Feb. 1 and Feb. 8.


Community Service Opportunities

All HS Students need to complete 40 hours of community service by June 1st, 2018
All MS Students need to complete 20 hours of community service by June 1st, 2018

TSA VG Basketball is looking for a team manager.
 This position, when done correctly, usually means that you get all of your Community Service done. Duties include, but are not limited to, keeping the score book during the games, filling up water bottles, etc. A general knowledge of Basketball is helpful but not necessary.

Looking for help at the Newton PTA Gift Making Workshop coming up next Saturday, December 2nd, from 10am to noon. It’s an opportunity to get community service hours — true — but it’s also a pretty fun event. They need people to run tables and help younger children create gifts for the holidays. All supplies and instructions will be provided. The workshop is an opportunity for kids to drop in and create gifts using low-cost & recycled materials. This will be the event’s 11th year, is free to attend, and is always a huge hit.  If interested, please contact Leslie Berger via email at: particleofdust@gmail.com or call (802) 333-4303

Volunteers Needed for Wassail Parade in Woodstock,  VT:
A team of volunteers is being put together once again to help run the Wassail Parade in Woodstock,  VT.   If you are interested in helping with this beautiful, Victorian themed holiday parade please let me know.  We are in need of parade marshals, parking attendants and folks to handle participant registration.  Also needed, will be clean-up helpers at the end of the parade.  Volunteers are asked to arrive at the staging area behind Spooner’s Restaurant at noon.  Being a part of the Woodstock holiday experience is fun and so very memorable.   Hope to see you there! For more information or to sign up, please contact Ellen Zaika at Volunteer@HighHorses.org

On going: High Horses Therapeutic Riding Center always needs volunteer help.
To get trained, or just find out more, please contact Lowry Newswanger at lnewswanger@sharonacademy.net



Community Events

“Making the Most of How Children Learn Best: A Team-Based Approach to Success at School with Alice Peck Day (APD) Memorial Hospital and the Center for School Success.” Thursday, December 7 from 5:30pm – 7pm. Come hear more about the unique program being offered at APD – The Rx for School Success – which helps children and adolescents who are experiencing learning challenges to identify and manage them. Join pediatrician Dr. Doug Williamson, behavioral health specialist Linda Addante MD, MEd, behavioral health specialist Steven Atkins, Psy.D., learning specialist Beth Reed, MEd, program manager Leslie Williamson and program coordinator Nancee Tracy, for this free and informative discussion on helping school age children with their learning challenges.

LOCATION: Dwinell Room, Harvest Hill at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
23 Alice Peck Day Drive
Lebanon, NH 03766
QUESTIONS/RSVP: cooperm@apdmh.org or call (603) 448-7456
https://www.facebook.com/ events/176591606255189/

Coquette (featuring three TSA alumn) is having a reunion concert
 to celebrate former TSA French Teacher and mother to two band members, Flo Tolbert’s 50th birthday on Saturday, December 16th, at Sweet Melissa’s, in Montpelier, VT, at 9:00 pm. We hope you can join us! Contact Flo for more information at: floinvermont@gmail.com


ArtisTree calendar listings for upcoming events for December – check our website for full listings:
www.artistreevt.org or call: (802) 457-3500 or email: info@artistreevt.org

Music Events at the (ArtisTree) Hayloft
Thursday, Dec. 7th 7pm Open Mic Night with Jim Yeager https://goo.gl/RFnvN6
Thursday, Dec. 21st 7pm Open Mic Night with Jim Yeager https://goo.gl/RFnvN6

Holiday Performances at The (ArtisTree) Grange Theatre
Friday, Dec. 8th 7:30pm – BarnArts & ArtisTree presents Holiday Cabaret https://goo.gl/diQ9cP
Monday, Dec. 18th 7:30pm – ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival presents Christmas at the Grange Theatre https://goo.gl/u2YCuX

ArtisTree Holiday Gift Workshops in December
From Candles to Handmade Art Journals, Homemade Soaps, Ornaments, Jewelry Making and much MORE!
http://www.artistreevt.org/holiday-gift-workshops. html


Looking for house rental in Sharon for summer of 2018. Three bedrooms in sending town for long term rental. For more information, please contact Brian Livingston at brian.elaine@comcast.net