TSA Newsletter for June 2nd, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

June 2017

Thurs 8 MS Science Fair – 6:30pm
Fri 9 HS All School Field Trip to Burlington
Fri 9 HS Final Marking Period Ends
Mon 12 HS Exam Review Day
Tues – Thurs 13-15 HS Final Exams
Thurs 15 8th Grade Class Trip
Fri 16 Last Day of School – 2pm Release Time
Fri 16 8th Grade Graduation at the HS – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sun 18 HS Class of 2017 Graduation – 1pm – 4pm

To download a copy of the TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017, please click here: TSA 2016/17 School Calendar




Congratulations to Stephanie, Will and Nora Davis! Tal Orbison Davis was born at 12:35pm on Sunday, May 28th. Stephanie and Tal are home and doing beautifully and we send all four of them loads of love.



All School News

Interested in hosting a student from France through the Vistas in Education program? Another group will be arriving at Logan airport on June 22 and staying for 3 weeks.  Last summer was such a success! Please consider hosting or encouraging a friend to do so. Thank you so much! For more information or to sign up, please call Madame Merideth Jackson, French Teacher at 603-443-0480 or email: brooksdr@hotmail.com or visit https://www.vistasineducation.com/hosting/4546-2/


TSA math and science teacher Christian Durgin will be available for tutoring beginning this summer.  If interested you can email him at ctdurgin@gmail.com


Phoenix Sports

A Message from TSA Athletic Director, Blake Fabrikant:
Dear TSA athletes and Parents: I am still missing a large number of uniforms from all sports. Both soccer and basketball, girls and boys, JV and Varsity . Please turn your uniforms into me ASAP. You may leave them on the couch in Blake’s office in the gym. Thanks, Blake

Senior Parents
buy TSA Swag for your Graduates – a lasting memory they can wear and cherish!

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 Sports Results:

TSA JV Baseball 
wrapped up another successful and fun season yesterday. Over this season we had many challenges, including several early season team member injuries and 8 cancelled games (including two our final week), due to weather and other logistical issues. The team finished 3 – 3. Two of those losses came to a Division 1 school, (we are Division 4). Along the way, much fun was had by all, and the team progressed tremendously, setting us up for great success next year! Go TSA Baseball!


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



Upcoming Games, Matches or Meets Next Week:

Track, State Meet at GMU, Fri, June 2, 2pm – 6pm

Ultimate State Championships, Sat, June 3, 9:30am – 5:00pm

TSA JV Baseball:  Season is over with today’s final game (see results above).

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



Middle School News


The Quarter Century Club Breakfast is on Thursday, June 8th.
Members will be going to Eaton’s Sugarhouse for breakfast.


The Middle School yearbook pages are due on Friday June 9th. All pages must be digital. Please check the Gradelink Language Arts page for the criteria sheet. Send digital pages to Marcy.


Time Capsules for Eighth Grade Students:  Eighth grade students have received a Time Capsule envelope.  Their job is to fill the envelope with fun and meaningful mementos from middle school and turn it in for safe keeping by the end of the school year.  The envelopes are filed away for four years.  Time capsules will be delivered to students on the last day of the student’s senior year.  If a student has changed schools we mail him/her the envelope.  Opening the time capsules together with old friends from the middle school is always a fun and meaningful experience. Parents are encouraged to contribute by writing a letter to their student to put in the time capsule.  The letter can include hopes, wishes, congratulations or anything else you imagine your student would like to read when they are graduating from high school.  The more effort put into the time capsule now, the more fun it is to open in four years time.  Return filled time capsule envelopes to Catherine.


Vermont’s Standardized Testing for TSA’s 7th and 8th Graders. On June 9th, 12th and 13th from 10:30AM -12:30PM TSA middle school students will take Vermont’s standardized test – the SBACs (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) – for Math and Language Arts. These tests will be administered mostly on computer. In preparation for the testing, please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep, eat a good, healthy breakfast, and to bring their best effort to the test. Students may bring a water bottle and a book to the testing. Please make sure your student is on time for school. Also, please note that these tests are required by the state. Any student who misses any part of the tests will have to make them up at a later date. PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP IF YOUR STUDENT IS GOING TO MISS ANY SCHOOL ON THESE DATES.

Middle School Academic News

MS Language Arts: Students are finishing up the year by preparing their short stories for publication, completing book cards and doing some end-of-the year fun critical thinking activities. All yearbook pages are due on June 9th. They should be in digital format and shared with Marcy.

MS Science: This week the students completed all final drafts of written work. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, students will be
preparing their posters and practicing their presentations. Please remind your child that they need to purchase a standard tri-fold presentation display board (36 x 48 inches unfolded). These can be obtained at Walmart or Staples for 6 – 8 dollars. If you are unable to purchase one due to financial constraints please email Catherine at cfarrington@sharonacademy.net

A reminder- the Science Fair will be held at the middle school from 6:30-8 on June 8th.

MS Social Studies: This week, students will work on turning their research into a speech or detailed outline depending on their role in the debate. Their speech or outline is due at the end of class on Wednesday. Students should then focus on practicing their presentation. The final debates will be on Tues. 6/13 and Wed. 6/14. The full project description and assessment expectations can be found here:  Immigration Debate Project

End of school year MIDDLE SCHOOL dates to remember:
•       June 8th – Quarter Century Club Breakfast (Language Arts)
•       June 8th – Middle School Science Fair in the evening (6:30 – 8:30)
•       June 15th  – Eighth Grade Class Trip.  Seventh grade has regular school day.
•       June 16th  –  Last day of school, Field Day and Barbecue, End of 3rd Trimester. Dismissal is at 2:00.
•       June 16th  –  Middle School graduation celebration 6:30 – 9:00.  All students attend.


MS Graduation is coming up! Friday June 16, 2017, 6:30-9:30 PM. The Sharon Academy Middle School Graduation Ceremony has been intentionally designed to support the goals of our mission. Students are publicly recognized for their strengths, thanked for their efforts, and honored for the transformation they have undergone during their middle school years. All eighth grade students are required to speak and are expected to reflect on their own personal growth, and to appreciate the supporting role that others have played in their lives. Additionally, the Graduation Ceremony provides a forum for the 7th and 8th grade to perform the choral work that they have been practicing for the prior ten weeks. We recognize that the ceremony is long, and while we have trimmed the ceremony a bit from recent years, we have consciously decided to continue our tradition of having each student speak and to have their advisor speak about them. We ask that family members come with the understanding that our graduation program is an integral part of our curriculum. Please help us to support our students in this important transition to high school.

  • All students are expected to attend this event on June 16th from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.
  • Both the seventh and eighth grade will perform a choral program.
  • Each eighth grade student will give a short speech. Students will have time at school to write their speech. They should also be writing and practicing  their speech at home. We will begin the speech writing process at the end of May.
  • Students are expected to dress slightly more formally than casual school.
  • Please consider bringing a bottle of water and a snack to make your evening more comfortable. There will also be some refreshments available during the ceremony. Dessert will be served following the ceremony.


The Newton (Strafford) School’s 7th and 8th grade “Under The Sea” semi-formal will be held on Friday, June 9 at Barrett Hall in South Strafford from 7 – 10 pm. 7th and 8th grade students from Strafford and surrounding towns are encouraged to attend. The event is FREE and will include fantastic raffle prizes. Permission slips with more information will be distributed after Memorial Day.  For more information, email Eleni Howe at ehowe@newtonschool.org



High School News

Fresh Cut flowers Needed for Graduation:  
We are in need of fresh cut flowers to decorate the school on the day of the high school graduation. If you think you can bring some (along with some vases) at 11am on June 18th, email Dave at deastman@sharonacademy.net as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Food Donations are needed from all 9th – 11th grade students/families for this year’s HS graduation. 
This year, graduation is on Sunday, June 18th at 1pm.  After the ceremony, refreshments will be served. The tradition is that high school TSA families contribute to the refreshment buffet. If you cannot come that day, please leave the food in Dave’s office on Friday, June 16th.

On the day of the event, June 18th, please drop off your dish in Moore Hall (The Pit), starting at noon. If you want your dish back, please mark it clearly and make sure to take it back before you leave, or the following week, at the latest.

What you need to bring depends on which grade your student is in. (If you have more than one student at the school, go with the grade of the older one.)

  • 9th graders will bring about 10 to 12 fresh fruits kebabs: fresh fruits cut and set on kebab sticks.
  • 10th graders will bring cheese and 1 box of crackers: please cut the cheeses ahead of time.
  • 11th graders will bring finger food desserts for about 10-12 people.

Dave Hale, TSA Parent of  Junior, Cal Hale, is the coordinator of the food committee for graduation. He will contact you before the event to remind you about what to bring.  We are counting on you…

If you have any questions, contact Dave Eastman at deastman@sharonacademy.net or call (802) 763 – 2500 x226

Thank you so much, The Graduation Committee


Count Down to Graduation:  Seniors have received their cap and gown. These should be tried on, and hung to get the wrinkles out. They can be ironed with a cool iron. Gowns should be returned to the school for reuse. Caps can be decorated, but should not be offensive to anyone. If the gown does not fit, please let Janice or Cynthia know ASAP.


All School HS Field Trip: All high school students and faculty will be traveling to Burlington, VT on Friday, June 9.  Here are the details and the schedule:

  • 8:30am: Depart TSA – don’t be late
  • 10:30am – 1:00pm: Hike Mount Philo
  • Bag lunch at peak – Bring a bag lunch!
    • Distribute scavenger hunt
  • 2pm – 3:30pm: Arrive Burlington around 2pm @ City Hall Park
    • Goosechase Scavenger Hunt in Advisory Groups for 90 minutes.  After 90 minutes groups are free to break up, but always in a group of at least 3.
  • 3:30 – 5:00: Free time in Burlington ( check out the jazz music throughout the city
    • Dinner on your own Students will need money.
  • 5:00 Top of Church – by the church WPTZ 5 Block Party with Dwight & Nicole (Top Block Stage)
  • 6:00 Depart Burlington
  • 8:00 Arrive at TSA – Parents, please be on time for pick up.
    • Also, please do not block the way for busses to get through.



Scholarship and College Info

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 Service

Help Needed with Strafford Book Sale: Friday, June 30th; 12pm to 5pm.  The Morrill Memorial and Harris Library in Strafford is in need of 3 to 6 volunteers to help move books from the library’s basement to the front lawn in preparation for our big book sale on Saturday, July 1st. Community Service hours awarded for your help will count for the 2017-2018 school year.


Community Events

Baxter Memorial Library Book, Plant and Bake Sale, Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3p.m.
Baxter Memorial Library, 5114 Rte. 14, Sharon, Vermont. Please join us for the Baxter Library’s largest annual fundraiser. Come find the perfect books and plants, and our specialty, fresh fruit pies.

Cobalt Tolbert ’13 at Chandler on June 3rd, 6:30 pm;
event price: $20. TSA’s own Cobalt Tolbert, as well as musicians Jon Gailmor and Susie Smolen, will play an acoustic set in the upper gallery of Chandler on June 3rd to raise money to save Exit 4 from being taken over by developers.  We hope you’ll join us to support great music and a noble cause. For more information, please contact Florence Tolbert at floinvermont@gmail.com or visit www.exit4openspace.org. Or check out the program flier by clicking:  HERE

Special Summer Concerts for You and Your Students!
  Location: ArtisTree Community Arts Center! On Friday, June 23, 2016, Sakiko Ohashi, pianist and Maxim Kozlov, cellist will perform at 7:30PM in the ArtisTree Community Arts Center* music space. For young musicians seeking inspiration and an opportunity to hear world-class musicians up close, this is the perfect opportunity! Everyone will have an opportunity to meet Sakiko and Maxim following their performance – stay for our special reception! In addition, on Friday, July 14th, Anh Le, a pop music singer and songwriter and student at the University of Miami will perform at 7:30PM at the ArtisTree. Anh is a young musician writing and singing her songs and excited to visit Vermont for the very first time. She has quite a following in the 13 to 25 age group, but everyone is welcome! The concerts are possible due to a partnership between the ArtisTree Community Arts Center, Sweet Birch Music and The University of Miami. $10.00 at the door.  For more information, see Artistree’s web site:  http://www.artistreevt.org/




The Morrisons’ (TSA alumn and current TSA 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


Upper Valley Collegiate Painters: This summer 3 of TSA’s alumni and 3 other local college students are running their own painting service. Their objective is to gain hands-on business experience while earning money for tuition. They are offering services in interior painting, exterior painting, deck staining, and power washing. They are fully certified and trained in professional painting techniques. They focus on quality, using biodegradable paints and cleaners, as they recognize their environmental impact. Contact them to set up an estimate if you have a project in mind. Check out their website to see who’s on the team. You might know them!

Upper Valley Collegiate Painters offers:

  • Full Liability Insurance
  • Full Workers Compensation
  • Lead Certified (Pre-1978 Homes)
  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • All work is backed with a warranty

For more information, please contact Maxwell Buskey at 802-222-1205 or maxwell.buskey@maine.edu or visit https://sites.google.com/maine.edu/uvcollegiate-painters/meet-the-crew?authuser=2.


For Sale:  2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan.  85K miles. Winter package including heated seats and windshield, 4 never-used snow tires. Nice sound system.  Clean and in great shape! $7500.
Call or text 802-356-2324


Rental or caretaking situation wanted ASAP through 6/2018.  Family of three looking for rental house or apartment available June 1 or July 1. We have rented for the past 3 years in Strafford and our current rental is under contract.  We need space for 1 more year at The Sharon Academy.  We have a dog and a cat (both older + well behaved). Strafford, Sharon, Tunbridge or Hartland locations preferred. (Excellent references available.) Please call or email with any leads. Sam Greene- 603-533-5152 or greeneappraisal@gmail.com