TSA Newsletter, February 9th, 2018

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in High School, Home Page, Middle School, Newsletter

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

February 2018

Sat. 10 MS Mathcounts Regional Competition – in Windsor, VT
Sat. 24 February Break Begins – (Ends Tuesday, March 7th)

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




Congratulations to 8th graders Jack Brandon, Leah Holmes, and Elliot Tonks who will represent TSA at the Mathcounts Southeast Regional Competition this Saturday, February 10th.  Our heartfelt thanks and to MATHCOUNTS Coach Sandy Thorne!


All School News

Celebration of Life for Florence Tolbert, beloved former French teacher at TSA’s High School. We invite you to join us:
Date: Saturday, February 10th
Time: 2:00
Place: The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 VT Route 14, Sharon VT

As this is a celebration of Flo and her life, she requested that people wear bright colors. There will be a time for people to share songs, poetry or memories of Flo. If you want to participate, please come prepared and think about leaving a copy of what you will say to be collected for the family. Please respect Flo’s wishes to not buy flowers.  If you are able to bring some light refreshments or finger food to share, it would be greatly appreciated (crackers, cheese, cookies, sliced fruit). Donations to the Tolbert Fund will be appreciated. It will help the family to bring some of Flo’s ashes to France. Donations can be:

  •  brought to the Celebration on Saturday
  •  mailed to: The Tolbert Fund, PO Box 111, Randolph, VT 05060
  •  or made via PayPal: paypal.me/Tolberts

If you would like to cook meals for the Tolbert Family, please click on this link: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/gq7d8l

Snow Days and Delays – How is the Call Made?

Admittedly, The Sharon Academy has a bit of a reputation for calling snow days and delays a bit easier than other school districts in the area. But, there is a method to what some would call Michael Livingston’s madness.

Did you know that in some years we have students attending TSA from 20 different towns in Vermont and New Hampshire? That’s right up to twenty towns – this makes for a huge geographic area from which students and parents must travel to get to The Sharon Academy Middle and High Schools.

So, here is how it is done: Head of School, Michael Livingston and Office Manager, Janice Stumpf track the weather 10 days out, on two different weather channels on a regular basis. If there is any thought of a snow day or delay – Michael and Janice will be up at 5:00 am checking on school closures and delays on the WCAX and VPR web sites. (They use both because they refresh at different rates.) Michael and Janice also live about 30 miles apart – so simply looking out the window for each, provides another point of information to make a decision.

Why do Michael and Janice pay such close attention to what other towns are doing? In each town, road crews plow and maintain school bus routes first. Once these are maintained, the road crews contact school principals and tell them that it can be business as usual, or that they cannot maintain the roads and make them safe for busses under current conditions. So, this is important to check in each of our towns that send students to TSA. However, the other condition that Michael and Janice must consider is that these closures and delays are only based on the roads that are considered school bus routes. You may have noticed in your town that your road is not maintained as well as others in the mornings. This is why. Finally, another factor considered is that TSA has a disproportionate percent of students who drive to school, compared to other schools in the area.

All of these factors are weighed before Michael and Janice make the call to delay or cancel school. Most of the time Michael and Janice get it right because they err on the side of keeping our students safe. These procedures have worked well for a lot of years. They are also both fully aware that we live in Vermont and experiencing weather, the way that we do, is part of living here. They know all too well that getting to school and getting our important work done must be a priority. It is a balancing act. Ultimately, the call to have students come in later or not at all, because of the conditions of your road or driveway, is up to you and your family. You know best as to what is the safest and right call for your family members. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about these procedures.


Wish List Items Needed at TSA’s Middle School:

  • Used copies of Ready Player One and The Maze Runner, to use for a book group. If you have one to donate please bring it to either the middle school or high school, thank you!
  • Clean plastic containers with lids such as yogurt containers are needed in the MS Art room to store paint in during our Circus Interim. If you have any, simply drop them by the MS or contact Marcy Innes for more information at minnes@sharonacademy.net


Do you remember our beloved TSA student from Kenya, Fred Masago? As a school we helped to raise money to bring water to Fred’s Family and Village. A well was drilled and it failed. And now, a new plan has emerged, lead by Fred Masago himself to restart the effort. Re-sighting of the well and new methodologies should help in this new effort to make it a success. Water is so scarce in Kenya. Please consider giving generously and sharing this effort with your friends and family: https://www.gofundme.com/freds-well-project-kenya-water-accessibility-fundraising


Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21


Phoenix Meets and Game Results:

Cassidy Lewis ’20 is a member of the UVAC swim team. Last month she traveled to Boston to compete in a 3 day swim meet hosted by Commonwealth Swimming at Simmons College. She competed in 10 individual events and came away with 5 personal best times. Cassidy has qualified in 10 events for the Regional Championships hosted at UVAC on February 9th to 11th. Way to go Cassidy!


Ella Tallman ’21 had a strong gymnastics floor routine for a season high score of 5.65 at a recent meet in St Johnsbury. Congratulations Ella!


VB 71, Arlington 32. Monday, Feb. 5. A great game for the varsity boys, they had an 18-5 lead after the first quarter. Austin Gaudette was leading scorer with 26 points, Sam Knoerlein and Fisher Kelley each scored 19 points. Overall a great game with strong TSA defense!

VB 43, Rivendell 41. Thursday, Feb. 8. A challenging game overall for the varsity boys, Sam Knoerlein scored 16 points, nine of which were in the fourth quarter and Fisher Kelley scored 11 points overall. A very close game, but they pulled through to remain undefeated.



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 Twinfield; Tuesday, February 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VB Basketball Home Game v Whitchester; Friday, February 16, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
JVG Basketball Home Game v Trinity Baptist; Monday, February 12, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
JVG Basketball Away Game v Woodstock; Wednesday, February 14, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
JVG Basketball Away Game v Chelsea; Thursday, February 15, 5:30pm – 7:00pm


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

Important Message for Current 8th Grade Families:  TSA Intent To Return Form – As mentioned in the email you received on December 22nd 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 16th. Please click here for: The Intent to Return Form

This week in MS Language Arts:

This week in MS Science: We are wrapping up our Food & Hunger theme with a digestion diagram activity: students are following the journey of a chosen food through the digestive system and describing how and when different nutrients are digested. Their digestion diagrams will be due the end of class Thursday. Next week, we will begin our energy unit with an exploration of electricity.

Next week in Social Studies:  Next week in social studies, we will be finishing the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and exploring some of the key inventions of the industrial revolution.


Congratulations to 8th graders Jack Brandon, Leah Holmes, and Elliot Tonks who will represent TSA at the Mathcounts Southeast Regional Competition this Saturday, February 10th. Our heartfelt thanks and to MATHCOUNTS Coach Sandy Thorne!

Jr. Iron Chef is getting started with practices.
We look forward to hearing about (and maybe tasting) their concoctions as they prepare for their competition on Saturday, March 17th.

Next Middle School Dance is tonight! Feb. 9th, 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. We will need three chaperones. Parents should email Catherine if they are able to help out. 7th graders should bring snacks to share. 8th graders should bring drinks.



High School News

Upper Valley Art Portfolio Day; Friday, March 9. Are you a 9th, 10th or 11th grader who enjoys art?
If so, please join us for the Upper Valley Portfolio Day at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH on Friday March 9 from 10 am to 1:00 pm. This exciting day will allow high school students of all ages and experience levels to share their artwork with college representatives from around New England. College representatives will provide structured and supportive feedback while also sharing information about their colleges. No matter what your art experience, it will be important to bring your artwork to share! Please join us in celebration of the Upper Valley art community! TSA will have limited ability to transport students to the portfolio day. Please contact Ellen or Laura if you cannot drive yourself or obtain a ride from a parent. Students will not be allowed to ride in a car that is driven by a student.

Junior Parent Night:  Life After TSA
– Junior parents and students are encouraged to attend the Junior Information Night on Thursday, February 15 at 6:30. Ellen Bagnato, Director of College and Career Advising, will continue the conversation about preparing for life after TSA and, specifically, applying to college and for gap years. Please mark your calendar for this important conversation.


Summer Opportunities with Governors Institute Vermont for 9th-11th graders! Are you looking for something amazing to do this summer? Consider being part of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV), an incredibly fun immersive learning experience just for Vermont high schoolers. You’ll choose your topic, meet students from all over the state who share that interest, gain skills and get to practice what college-level study on a college campus is like. Topics include arts, engineering, information technology & digital media, entrepreneurship, writing, science, astronomy, mathematical sciences, current issues and youth activism, and more. GIV promises to be financially accessible for all students. Visit www.giv.org to learn more and apply now.


This summer at Vermont Tech:

Entrepreneurship Institute – socially responsible – creating solutions. For students entering 10th – 12th grades (fall 2018) Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) – residential institute hosted & co-sponsored by Vermont Tech – Randolph Center Campus – July 6 – July 12, 2018 An innovative, fun-filled “hands-on” program where students learn to develop an “entrepreneurial mindset” and what it takes to create a business or be more successful in their career pathway and the workplace.  There is a business side to every career/profession. Sliding scale tuition (some pay as little as $10 for the entire week) http://www.giv.org/specialtopics/entrepreneurship/   Contact: Laurel Butler at: lbutler@vtsbdc.org

Rosie’s Girls STEM Leadership Camp & Mentorship Program: For girls entering 9th and 10th grades (fall 2018) July 8-12, 2018 – Randolph Center Campus – residential camp – A fun filled hands-on exploration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math – plus some arts) and skilled trades to help young women become strong, powerful and more confident – and learn about potential career pathways; followed by a mentorship program. (Modeled after Rosie’s Girls Day Camps by Vermont Works for Women -VWW) – All-inclusive $225 – and scholarships available. http://www.vtc.edu/rosies-girls-stem-leadership-camp Contact: Zoe McDonald – zmacdonald@vtc.vsc.edu


Driver’s Education classes taught by Yankee Driving School will be offered at TSA by the Yankee Driving School beginning 4/30. While this may seem a ways a way it is not too early to hold your spot.  This class is open to TSA only for now, but will open it to non-TSA students by the end of February. To be sure you have a spot in this class please go to yankeedrivingschool.com  click on classes then on Sharon to find the schedule.  Print the form and mail by “snail mail” with a $100.00 deposit. You’ll notice on the schedule that after TSA closes for the school year there are still more classes.  At this point these have moved to the morning.  That may change back to the afternoon.  Changes will be posted as soon as possible. This is Gabriella’s 10th year providing this service at TSA. For more information, please contact Gabriella Netsch at 802 558 2897 or visit yankeedrivingschool.com


Scholarship and College Info

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


VSAC Scholarship Deadline is Coming Soon: TSA Seniors are reminded that the deadline to apply for scholarships through VSAC is February 16Remember that VSAC requires very specific formatting for all recommendation letters.  Students should communicate with the recommendation letter writer BEFORE January 23 to confirm all details. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net

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


The Woodstock Area Job Bank is looking for an office sitter during April Vacation Week for 8 hours of community service.  We would need to meet 2 hours sometime prior, at your convenience, to train.  (Total 10 hours of community service) The work would take place at the Town Hall in Woodstock.  This position will include making phone calls to help the Job Bank update our database prior to the summer rush.  Check out our website to learn more about the organization. For more information, please contact Beth Crowe at woodstockjobbank@gmail.com or visit woodstockjobbank.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

Northern Harmony Quartet at Seven Stars – March 18 at 4pm. Village Harmony/Northern Harmony Director Larry Gordon with Sinead O’Mahoney, Emma Rothman, and Emily Weatherill present South African songs and dances, traditional music from Corsica, Georgia and the Balkans, and contemporary shape note songs.  Join us on Sunday March 18th at 4PM at Seven Stars Arts Center!  Admission is a sliding scale fee of $5-15 at the door. For more information, please contact Larry Gordon at 802-426-3210 or visit www.sevenstarsarts.org


Only Yesterday at Northern Stage, Jan. 31st – Feb. 18th, 2018. Olivia Swayze, TSA 9th grade student, is appearing in Northern Stage’s upcoming production of “Only Yesterday”. A world premiere, this play focuses on John and Paul on the brink of their stardom, stuck in a motel room in Florida on the night of hurricane. This show runs from Jan. 31st through Feb. 18th. Tickets are $15 and available at Northern Stage’s website: www.northernstage.org or you can call the box office at 296-7000.


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

Artistree Community Events and News:

Come celebrate the publication of a new book by Upper Valley author Michael J. Caduto, Saturday, February 10th — The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East — hosted by Artistree Community Arts Center and the Norman Williams Public Library. During this free family program Michael will present storytelling, music (sing-along) and a brief visual feast of photos showing the animals, plants and landscapes of the Middle East.  More than 10 years in the making, this book grew from a peaceful collaboration of some 20 organizations and 50 individuals from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine—all working in partnership to create this unique children’s book of indigenous nature stories that focus on animals, plants, friendship, Earth stewardship and wisdom. Michael will sign books for purchase following the event. For more information, please contact ArtisTree Community Arts Center at info@artistreevt.org or visit https://artistreevt.org/the-garden-of-wisdom-earth-tales-from-the-middle-east.html.

Lyle Brewer, Guitarist: February 11, 2018; 4pm; $10 – Brewer has been a staple of the Boston music scene for the last ten years. Ask any musician who has worked with him and they will laud his mastery of almost any style of music, with a maturity that belies his age.

Chloe Brisson Quartet, February 23rd, 2018, 7:30pm; $20 – Jazz vocalist Chloe Brisson and her quartet play original compositions and Jazz standards. As a young, passionate vocalist who is devoted to the tradition and the craft of jazz, Brisson aspires to be a positive and innovative addition to the jazz community in the years to come. https://artistreevt.org/chloe-brisson-quartet.html



Apartment for Rent in Sharon, VT– large two bedroom first floor apartment in quiet country setting. Available March 1st. $1,200 per month includes heat, electricity, lawn care, snow and rubbish removal. Washer and dryer hook up available. No pets. No smoking. References and lease required. Call Judy Robinson at 802-763-7916


Michael Gross Building & Design LLC of  Tunbridge, VT 

  • Full Service Building & Remodeling
  • Contracting Services
  • Modular Home Sales

Contact TSA alumni and current parent Mike at 802-889-5679
or mg.building.design@gmail.com or visit greenmountainmodular.com