TSA Newsletter, December 15th, 2017

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This is the last newsletter of the year:

Enjoy the winter break!

See you in 2018! 


Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

December 2017

Wed 20 Cafe “Afternoon” for all HS & MS – at the HS – Regular Dismissal at 1PM – All Students, HS + MS to be picked up at HS 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 – please take the sign-up survey here:
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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




We are closing in on our goal of raising $1.5 million for the Next Twenty Years Fundraising Campaign by December 31st. Thanks to the more than 450 people who have already made a contribution, we have raised $1,433,209!

We have only $66,791 left to go! We have $49,783 left to raise for The Pat Woodin Scholarship Fund and $17,008 for the Next Twenty Years Fund. If you have not given to one of these important initiatives or the 2017/2018 Annual Fund please consider giving a gift today. Simply click here: Donate Today

Thank you to Governor Phil Scott who visited TSA yesterday.
He was invited to speak to students by the HS Humanities classes as part of its year-long beliefs curriculum. All HS and MS attended the presentation and participated in a significant way. The governor’s opening remarks lasted about 15 minutes, but the subsequent Q&A session lasted over 45 minutes.  Thank you to all of the TSA students that asked such insightful engaging questions! And thank you to all of our students for being such a well behaved and engaged audience. 


Congratulations to Nikki Harrington ’20 who had a terrific recent gymnastics competition. She qualified for states on her first try! On floor she scored an impressive 8.575 out of ten and scored in the high eights for vault, bars and beam! She needed a 32.0 overall score to qualify and pulled off a score close to 36. All around she placed fifth, out of almost 25 other girls. Way to go Nikki!


The VPA (just) handed Seven Days staff writer Alicia Freese ’06 its 2016-2017 “Mavis Doyle Award,” which recognizes a reporter’s “aggressiveness, determination, compassion, commitment to journalism, dedication to social justice, and unwavering belief that journalism should be the watchdog of the government and the voice of the people.” Congratulations Alicia! What a nice honor for a TSA alum!


All School News

Do you need holiday gifts for your family? TSA’s HS sugaring elective is selling maple syrup by donation! Each quart is only $15, and each bottle was hand-crafted by a team of dedicated TSA students. All proceeds are reinvested directly back into the continuation of the sugaring elective for future seasons and future years. If you’d like to donate more, that would be greatly appreciated! So come buy your syrup today! To acquire your syrup, contact Rob Stainton at rstainton@sharonacademy.net


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. It has many beginner runs and it is a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. It also has 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. Please contact Catherine Farrington at: cfarrington@sharonacademy.net, with any questions. Your input is needed. Please fill out the Skiing and Snowboarding Program Survey – EVEN IF YOUR STUDENT IS NOT PARTICIPATING. The link for the survey is as follows:  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eevpk1o8jaju92je/start

Essay Contest: BIOGRAPHIES OF CONTEMPORARY WOMEN IN MATHEMATICS, Contest deadline: January 31, 2018. Contest for all middle and high school students in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Sponsored by Dartmouth Mathematics Department. PRIZES: The Dartmouth Mathematics Department will award a first prize of an iPad, additional prizes dependent on quantity and quality of essays. Choosing a woman to write about: you may want to choose someone you know, such as a mathematics teacher. This contest is modeled on the national AWM Essay Contest. We are following the same CONTEST RULES so you may submit your essay to both contests. For more details: Click Here

Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21

You have only 6 TSA swag shopping days left until the holiday break!!!  Choose from TSA gear like: sweatshirts, sweatpants, baseball and pom-pom hats, fleece jackets, long sleeve t-shirts and water bottles.  Contact Kim via email kdk13vt@gmail.com for all your holiday shopping needs!

Game Results:

VB 68,  Mid Vermont 22 – Wednesday, Dec. 13. A great game for TSA; Sam Knoerlein scored 18 points, with Fisher Kelley adding 16. Josh Amodeo scored eight points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and six steals, with Austin Gaudette contributing 14 points.


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 Home Game v West Rutland; Fri. December 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VB Basketball Home Game v Long Trail; Wed. December 20, 5:30pm – 7:00pm


JVG Basketball v St. Johnsbury; Tues. December 19, 5:30


XC Indoor Meet at Leverone Field House in Hanover; December 16, 12pm – 3pm


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 students have begun a project on a chosen vitamin or mineral. Students are researching their topic and preparing to put their research into a creative format of their choice: a children’s book, an advertisement, a song or rap, or a brochure. The project will be due Tuesday 12/19. Next week, students will put finishing touches on the projects and as a class we will start the film “Supersize Me,” which we will finish watching as a community on Wednesday.

TSA MS Language Arts Update:  In Language Arts we are finishing up our study of the Irish Potato Famine. Students have completed reading Black Potatoes and are working on a final writing piece about the root causes of the famine. Over vacation, students should do some outside reading of their choice.

TSA MS Social Studies Update:  Next week in social studies, students will be watching the documentary Food, Inc. and thinking about the politics of food production and consumption.


On December 20th (the last day of school before the Winter Break), please pick up your middle school student at the high school at 1:00pm.  Students will be attending the Cafe Night (afternoon) at the High School.



STEM Bridge Building (and Crushing) Competition at Vermont Tech: For Middle School – March 23, 2018 – Randolph Center Campus In advance of the event competition, teams of students create popsicle stick 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

High School Europe Trip, February 2019:  We are planning a trip to Europe for high school students. To find out more or to register for the trip, see www.eftours.com/tour-website/2075049NC  For more information, please contact Kimberly Barnhart or Olivia Lober at kbarnhart@sharonacademy.net or olober@sharonacademy.net or visit www.eftours.com/tour-website/2075049NC


Welcome Phern! We have a new addition to the TSA family: Last week, Cynthia Masterman retrieved a beautiful hypo-allergenic, part White British Retriever and part Apricot Standard Poodle, to come live in Vermont. Cynthia will be bringing this cute pup to TSA’s HS each day to spend the school days with our students and staff. Cynthia will use the generous grant received from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation to train ‘Phern’. See a picture on our facebook page (with many more sure to come.) https://www.facebook.com/TheSharonAcademy/


STEM Bridge Building (and Crushing) Competition at Vermont Tech: for High School – April 12, 2018 – Randolph Center Campus In advance of the event competition, teams of students create popsicle stick 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




Community Events


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. The concert is also a fundraiser for Branches of Hope, helping Cancer patients in Central Vermont. 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. 21st 7pm Open Mic Night with Jim Yeager https://goo.gl/RFnvN6

Holiday Performances at The (ArtisTree) Grange Theatre
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

Help Wanted at TSA:

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Beginning January 2018
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Grades 9 & 10
2018-2019 school year
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