TSA Newsletter, February 3, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

February 2017

Thurs 9 Planning for life after TSA – for Junior Parents – 6:30 at TSA HS
Fri 10 Middle School Dance – at TSA MS, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sat 18 February Break Begins
Sun 26 February Break Ends


March 2017

Wed 1 Last Ski & Ride Day at Suicide Six – Wed school end time will return to 1pm the following week.
Sun 5 Arts Day – 12pm – 4pm – More details coming soon.
Wed 8 School end time for Wednesdays returns to 1pm today

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




Thank you to Andrew Lane, TSA’s Middle School Director, for hosting, organizing and keeping the ski and board tradition alive at TSA. Andrew has lead the ski and board program for 15 years.  This year the program will run through March 1st (this includes a make up date for our cancellation due to a snow day).  Thank you Andrew for this valuable service to our school!


TSA Middle School Climbers Rock! The Middle School Rock Climbing Team had a competition this Thursday and came in second place out of six teams with a whopping 14,750 points!  Several of our climbers also set personal records and this team has steadily moved up the ladder since the fall.  Congratulations to Leah Holmes ’22, Jack Brandon ’22, Margot Frost ’22, Metro Sedon ’22 and Quinn Biron Warren ’21!


Congratulations to 9th grader, Cassidy Lewis, who traveled to Providence, RI last month to compete in a 2 day swim meet with her UVAC Swim Team at Brown University. Cassidy qualified for 8 events in the Regional Championships. She came away from the Brown meet with an additional 4 cuts for the Silvers Championships meet in March hosted by UVAC. Good Luck Cassidy!



All School News

A TSA family is asking for our help during a time of difficulty in the form of one meal per week.
Please sign up to help if you can. http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=DSAM1099
WHERE: Please deliver to TSA Middle School
WHEN: 7:45 AM – 3:30 PM Tuesdays (If there is no school on Tuesday please deliver on Wednesday.)
FOODS to EXCLUDE: beans, broccoli, cabbage
INCLUDE: list of ingredients
QUANTITY: four servings
Please use containers that are disposable or recyclable. It is very helpful to the family if dishes do not need be returned. Thank you!


Community Service Reporting Reminder:  TSA MS students need to complete 20 hours of community service and TSA HS students need to complete 40 hours of community service.  All hours must be reported no later than June 1st.  What better time than now to record the ours you have already served.


Freedom & Unity TV Youth Film Contest: Inspired by the Vermont Movie Project, Freedom & Unity is a film contest that invites young Vermonters to create films that explore the life and culture of the Green Mountain State, both past and present. There is over $5000 in cash prizes, lots of cool filmmaking tools and a Youth Media Maker Conference!  Over the first two years of this contest, nearly 200 entries have been submitted from high schools, tech centers, colleges, private schools, and home schools across the Green Mountain State. In addition, teachers have been trained to use video in the classroom and mentored students in a variety of settings. If this training would be of interest to your school, please let us know! The contest is open to middle schoolers this year for the first time. For more information, please contact Contest Coordinator, Signe Taylor at: info@freedomandunitytv.org or visit:  https://freedomandunitytv.org/


Knitting for Charity, Thursdays after school: 3:15pm – 5:00pm.  If you know how to knit, come and enjoy the company. If you don’t know how to knit, we will teach you! Or learn to make a hat in just a few hours using Nifty Knitter looms! Bring knitting needles if you have them, acrylic or washable wool yarn (chunky yarn for the Nifty Knitter), or just yourself. We will have some yarn and needles to share. Starts today, Thursday January 26th, 3:15-5:00pm. Please let Cynthia know if you are planning to come. *Time spent knitting for charity counts as Community Service Hours.


A reminder that you can support TSA while shopping. If you shop on Amazon.com you can do your shopping through smile.amazon.com and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your total purchase price to TSA. Just make sure to select The Sharon Academy as the charity you are supporting.



Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Daisy Hutt

Save The Date – Upper Valley Women’s Basketball League Tournament, March 11 and 12, 2017
; 3/11 8:00am-8:00pm, 3/12 8:00am-3:00pm.  TSA is excited to host The Upper Valley Women’s Basketball League’s annual tournament on March 11 and 12th. The Athletic Booster Club will be selling concessions. This is a BIG event and we will need a lot of volunteers and food donations. Also, it would be great if 1-2 people could help organize volunteers and food items. More details to come as the time gets closer. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kim Knoerlein at kdk13vt@gmail.com

Game Results

Track Results:

Track Results from Coach, Kevin Gish: 
Aidan Trimble ’18 and Dillon competed successfully this past weekend at the New England qualifier. This meet is the highest level of competition in VT, and qualifies athletes to continue on and compete at the New England Championship race in Boston. Simply qualifying to compete in this race is significant. Highlight of the day was Aidan with a personal best of 17′ 2″ in the long jump, qualifying him for the state meet next weekend.

Complete results can be seen here: http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=290922#30108


Basketball Results:

TSA Varsity Girls:

TSA 49, South Royalton 27.
TSA girls played an awesome game against local rivals in South Royalton on Monday, January 30th. They ended the game with a huge lead and we are very proud of the way all the girls played! Valley News:
SHARON — The Phoenix (2-7) ended a five-game losing streak and reversed an earlier loss to the Royals (5-6).Grace Dorman delivered a season- best 19 points for Sharon, which pulled away thanks to a 21-7 third-quarter surge. Jocelyn Johnson finished with 13 points, and Mallory Lloyd netted 11 before leaving the third stanza with an injury. “Kudos to their team and their coaching staff,” South Royalton coach Dave Davis said. “I know they’ve had a rough season, but they came out to play.”


TSA 12, Craftsbury 50. It was a tough away game for the girls on Thursday, January 26th. Valley News:
CRAFTSBURY, VT. — The Phoenix didn’t score points during the first or third quarters and fell to 1-7. “We’re a couple of players down; we’ve got some injuries right now,” Sharon coach Gregg Nalette said. “We didn’t come ready to play.” Jocelyn Johnson finished the game with a team-high six points.


TSA Varsity Boys:

TSA 40, Rivendell 48. Really close game boys! Tuesday, January 31st. Valley News:
ORFORD — Sam Knoerlein had 19 points and Harvey Kelley chipped in 12, but the Phoenix couldn’t hold an eight-point lead in the third quarter.“We knew we had to contain Sam and Harvey, so we boxed out, rebounded and pushed the tempo and got up the floor,” said Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington, whose team visits Craftsbury on Thursday. “Sharon only used seven players, so they were pretty gassed by the end of the game.”


TSA 63, WEBSTERVILLE 59. Go TSA! Saturday, January 28th. Valley News:
WEBSTERVILLE, VT. — Freshman Fisher Kelley scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Phoenix (7-4) hold on against the Warriors. Neither team was able to build a lead as the game went on. Sharon led 30-28 at halftime and increased the lead to 36-32 into the fourth quarter. Kelley drained three 3-pointers in the final frame on his way to a career high. Sam Knoerlein led the Phoenix with a season-high 30 points. Harvey Kelley added 10 points.


TSA JV Boys:

TSA 31,  Rivendell 53.
 Another strong effort from an undermanned (6 players) JV team in a loss at Rivendell on Tuesday, January 31st. Ethan Radicioni (‘19) led the scoring with 13 points followed by Scott Elderd (‘18) with 8 and Jackson Bradford with 5.


TSA 31 Websterville 30.  On Saturday, January 28th, the boys played an INCREDIBLE game! JV’s 3 top scorers unavailable, the remaining 6 players gave a valiant effort in victory with Hunter Lahaye (‘19) draining a 3 pointer at the buzzer for our only lead of the day in a fantastic finish.  With only 4 seconds left Scott Elderd (‘18) passed the ball from just before half court to Jackson Bradford (‘20) on the left wing but the pass came loose with a defender on him, but Jackson was able to hit the ball to Hunter in the left corner for the game’s final basket, Alex Olszewski  (‘18) played point guard for the first time this year and led the team in scoring with 12 points followed by Scott Eldred with 10 and Jackson Bradford with 6.


TSA 62, Harford 41. Big win for the JV team! The Wednesday, January 25th game was led by Josh Amodeo (‘18) with 22 pts and Ethan Radicioni (‘19) who had 21pts.


TSA 25, Craftsbury 46.  The Monday, January 23rd game was led by Scott Eldred (‘18) with 12 and Ethan Radicioni (‘19) with 11.


TSA 42,  Blue Mt  31.  Thursday, January 19th. Great job! Ethan Radicioni (‘19) had 20pts including 4 3 pointers and Josh Amodeo (‘18)  had 12.



TSA Middle School Basketball:

TSA 12, Whitcomb 15. Another close game on Wednesday, February 1st! Good work TSA!

TSA 42, Mid VT 47.  Really close game for the TSA middle school on Tuesday Jan 31st, such high scores!



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


Upcoming Game Schedule


Vermont State Track Meet: Competing will be Aidan Trimble ’18 (55m, 300m, LJ) and Dillon Buttner ’18 (300m), Saturday, Feb 4th at Norwich University. The current start time is 1:00, but they are discussing possibly moving it forward by 30-60 minutes. Check with coach Kevin Gish for any changes in schedule.


VG Away v. Whitchester : Fri, February 3, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VG Home v.  Williamstown : Tue, February 7, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
VG Home v. Blue Mountain : Thu, February 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

VB Away v. Twinfield : Thu, February 2, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VB Away v. Mid VT : Mon, February 6, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
VB Away v. Whitcomb : Wed, February 8, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VB Home v. Rochester : Fri, February 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

JV Away v. Twinfield : Thu, February 2, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
JV Away v. Hartford : Tue, February 7, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
JV Away v. Whitcomb : Wed, February 8, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
JV Home v. Rochester : Fri, February 10, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

MS Away v. Rochester : Tue, February 7, 5:30pm – 6:30pm




Phoenix Sports Local Business Savings Card are now half price!  Get your card for just $10With this card you get great discounts and deals at local businesses from Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.  Purchase yours from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at: kdk13vt@gmail.com


Middle School News

TSA MS Academic News of the week:

Language Arts:
Next week we will be working on our This I Believe Essays in class. On Friday we will begin student led literary circle groups.

Science:  Next week in science, the students will be conducting a three day lab that will be due towards the end of the week.

Social Studies update:  Students are embarking on their independent research projects about a world religion. This project will carry us through the next two months, as we hone research, paper-writing, and presentation skills. A complete description of the project and deadlines can be found here: Project Description
There will be no current events assignments from now until we finish our research projects at the end of March. 


Other TSA MS News:

For Current 8th Grade Families:
 TSA Intent To Return Form
– As mentioned in the email you received on January 10th regarding the process to follow for 8th graders moving into TSA’s High School,  please click on the link below to access the Intent to Return Form, and indicate on the form if your student is planning to attend TSA next year. Please return this form by Friday, February 10th.
Enrollment, ITR
The Sharon Academy
PO Box 207
Sharon, VT 05065

Click here to access the form:  Intent To Return Form


Next Middle School Dance will be on Feb. 10th, 6:30-9:30.
Admission is either $1 or one can of food for the Sharon Food Shelf. Fallon’s advisory will set up and clean up. Fallon’s advisees should plan on staying till about 9:50 for cleanup.

  • 7th graders should bring snacks to share and
  • 8th graders should bring drinks.  



High School News


AVA Gallery’s 9th Annual Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition opening is on February 17, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The dates of the show are Feb. 7-March 10. TSA HS students nominated to show work during the AVA exhibit are: Abby Levy ’19, Lily Crowley’19, Daisy Hutt ’19, Will Pfeil ’19, Halsey Jones ’18, Kaila Skeet-Browning ’18, Emma Sawyer ’17, Lowry Newswanger ’16, Jackson Bradford ’16, and Emma Foster ’16.


SCORE’s Spring Series is coming. Plan ahead now to beat February ‘blahs’ and learn new business skills by attending one or more of the following informative workshops being presented by Upper Valley SCORE, all workshops Thursdays; 9am-12pm:
Feb. 2nd: The Art of Negotiation
Feb. 9th : LinkedIn, Blogging and Google Analytics
Feb. 16th: Public Speaking
Feb. 23rd: Start Your Own Business

SCORE Office & Learning Center, Suite 316, Citizens Bank Bldg, 20 West Park St, Lebanon. NH. To learn more about each workshop and to register or learn more about SCORE visit:  www.uppervalley.score.org or call 603-448-3491

This February Workshop Series is sponsored by Ledyard National Bank

ABOUT SCORE: a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. Upper Valley SCORE was founded in 1967 as Chapter 184 and currently has more than 30 volunteer mentors who are all experienced business owners or managers. SCORE offers experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success. Services include confidential, free face to face counseling, email counseling, and business workshops.


Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference, May 26-28. Now in our seventeenth year, this is a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic. Doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 24 is fast approaching. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please visit our website for more information: http://www.champlain. edu/write
Or contact: Jim Ellefson & Lesley Wright, Co-Directors at (802) 865-8456 or via email at: ccyw@champlain.edu


Planning for Life After High School – Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm. Junior students and parents please mark your calendar for Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 pm and plan to attend our Planning for Life After High School Night. This one hour presentation will be lead by Ellen Bagnato, TSA’s Director of College and Career Advising.  Ellen will share a roadmap for the journey ahead. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net

Scholarship and College Info

FULL College Scholarship for Current Juniors!  The Coolidge scholarship offers a full ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.  The Coolidge Scholarship can be used at any accredited US college or university. The main criterion for the Coolidge Scholarship is academic merit. All applications must be received by 7:00 pm on February 22.
For more detailed information please contact Rob Hammer at rhammer@coolidgefoundation.org or visit Coolidgescholars.orgVermont Lions Hart Memorial Award:  The Lion’s Club is proud to offer the Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award for graduating high school seniors.   Successful applicants will:
1)  have a disability or debilitating illness, either physically or mentally
2) be in need of financial assistance
3)  plan to attend college upon graduation from high school.
The winner will receive $1000.00.  Additionally, the winner will receive a plaque and be honored at a Lions Club close to their home. The application is fairly simple and includes a 200 word essay. Deadline to apply is March 8, 2017. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net


Calling all student-entrepreneurs, student-inventors, and student-designers.
Best Reviews Scholarship is looking for scholarship applicants to write a 500-word (or less) essay on the following:

How can great product design positively impact the world? What have you done to showcase your passion for product design? Do you have a unique idea that can make an already existing product better with the backbone of being user friendly, safe, and effective?

The winner will receive a $2,000 check to be spent on tuition fees and supplies. They want to encourage ideas on how to improve a variety of products. Whether it’s coffee makers, pressure washers, carpet cleaners, or office chairs, we’re curious about your ideas! Your entry may include diagrams, sketches, or templates, or nothing but words. Please include your designs with the essay if you are comfortable sharing them. We offer this scholarship twice per year so please pay close attention to the deadlines. Send in your completed work to: scholarships@bestreviews.com

Your submission must be sent from your school email address. Your submission will include the following:

  • Copy of Student ID
  • A 500-word (or less) essay which answers the prompt: How can product design impact the world in a positive way?
    All submissions should be in PDF form and in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced.

Important dates:

  • Submissions open Jan 1, 2017
  • Application deadline: June 1, 2017
  • Scholarship recipient announced: June 30, 2017

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://bestreviews.com/scholarship


Vermont Golf Association Scholarship: The Vermont Golf Association is proud to announce their scholarship for 2017. Applicant must be a resident of the State of Vermont, a high school graduate and must be enrolled in, or accepted as a full-time student at a college/university or technical school. Some of the criteria used for selection include: overall financial need, school performance, the applicants (not family) affiliation to the game of golf; such as competing on a golf team, working at a golf course, or participation in golf programs or events. APPLICATION IS DUE NO LATER THAN MAY 1, 2017. Questions regarding the process or application can be addressed to: pj3murray@gmail.com


HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy is looking for Juniors and Seniors: July 6 -11. The Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA) is for juniors and seniors who want to lead others and make a positive impact in their communities. Students spend five days in our college-prep program developing self-knowledge and leadership talents, while collaborating with like-minded students, as each creates a personal action plan for social change. At the same time, they’ll discover the values and skills to lead effectively and earn college credit for completing the program. For more information, please contact Vicki Ferrence Ray at ALA@hoby.org or visit http://www.hoby.org/hobynet/ALAInfoAndTourFlyer.pdf


The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation has launched a new website. The updated website is more user-friendly and includes great information on scholarships, financial aid, writing the college essay and MUCH more. DON’T wait until the fall of your senior year to check it out! For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit the VSAc website by clicking here:  VSAC Web Site


FREE Money For College:  Seniors, have you filed your FAFSA and Vermont State Grant Application?  In Vermont, only about half the students file a FAFSA. This means Vermonters lose out on an estimated $5.5 million in federal Pell grants every year, or about $3,546 per eligible student, according to Nerdwallet.com. Students who don’t file a FAFSA also may be missing out on the Vermont state grant, which on average, offers an additional $1,800 to cover college costs for eligible students. And this does not include any aid from the school they are planning to attend. File your FAFSA today by going to:  https://fafsa.gov/

File your Vermont State Grant today through your completed FAFSA OR by going to:  http://www.vsac.org/pay/student-aid-options/grants

Community Events


Teen Dance Night February 11th with DJ Forest Hoffman of Lebanon H.S., 7PM-10PM, at Club 188 at the Freight House Hall, White River Junction, VT.  This dance is open to teens with a valid school id, or Homeschool letter. We’ll have soft drinks and snacks to purchase. Bring your friends, or make new ones, and get ready to dance!  Advance tickets only $8+tax @ www.freighthousehall.com; tiickets at the door are $10+tax. Guardians & Chaperones get in free. For more information, please contact Jenny Albee at albeejenny@gmail.com





Sharon home for sale:
  Beautifully situated prairie style home on 28 acres with panoramic valley views.  Sunlit, spacious rooms with vaulted ceilings and open floor plan.  Four bedrooms, loft studio, first floor master suite, 3 baths, full basement, two car garage.  Built and well-maintained by owners.  Flexible closing.  Assessed value $475,000.  Call Judy Moore for details:  802-299-8290

Rental available:  
Mobile home in Sharon available to rent $800 a month located on route 14. First month and security required.  For more information, please contact Robbin Conway at conway4321@gmail.com

Building Lots in Sharon for Sale:
Two surveyed building lots for sale within walking distance of TSA high school. Ideal location off Rte 14 on White Brook Rd, virtually adjacent to TSA high school property on a quiet, dead-end street that is well-maintained by the Town. Parcels link to many miles of beautiful walking, skiing and snowmobiling trails. Lots are 1.5 and 1.6 acres respectively, ready-to-build with all permits on file with the town, including septic designs and state permits.  One lot has the driveway already installed nearly to the homesite, the other has a driveway permit on file with the Town of Sharon. $30,000 each obo. Serious  inquiries only please! For more information, please contact Miriam at sharonlotsforsale@gmail.com and see the attached PDF with a map of the sites:  Map