TSA Newsletter, January 11, 2018

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in High School, Home Page, Middle School, Newsletter

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

January 2018

Tues 15 No School – MLK Day – Teacher In-Service
Tues 16 Chain Reaction Day
Thurs 25 HS Q2 Electives End
Fri 26 HS Q2 Marking Period Ends
Tues 30 11th & 12th Grade Renaissance Fair
– during regular elective time – all HS students attend

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




Congratulations to the following students who were all nominated to display their art work at the 10th Annual High School Exhibition at AVA Gallery and Art Center: Eva Sturm-Gross’ 18, Kaila Skeet-Browning ‘ 18, Emma Sawyer ’19, Lowry Newswanger ’20, Olivia Lhundup-Zebo ’19, Poppy Tans’ 20, Xia Gillespie ’21,  Hadley Greene ’18, Emme Jenisch ’21, Onley Parker ’21. TSA has participated all 10 years of this annual exhibition. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be on Friday, February 16, 5-7 pm


A Big Thank you to Dana Ward and Cole Ward ’18 for their very generous gift of a new display board in our gym that shows all of the players and coaches for our two HS basketball teams. The workmanship for the is father/son project is fantastic. Make sure to take a look for it at our next basketball game, or just poke your head into the gym sometime to see it.Thank you Dana and Cole!

All School News

Chain Reaction Day is on Tuesday, January 16th for High School and Middle School: This is just a reminder that on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 TSA will host its 9th Annual MLK day celebration, Chain Reactionday 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 will be welcoming TED Talk lecturer, Dia Draper as our keynote speaker for the day.  This will be an exciting day as we focus on our 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 conversations about difficult topics

We are looking forward to engaging in the following workshops:

  • The Walmart Dilemma – Facilitator: James Sturm
  • The Benefit of the Doubt – Facilitators: Amber Wylie and Christa Wurm
  • Disability as Diversity: Working Together for Inclusion – Facilitators: Sam Drazin and Kathleen Moore
  • “I Am Not Your Negro”: A Documentary Film (DOUBLE WORKSHOP 150 minutes with break) – Facilitators: Maria Piasecki and Madeline Raynolds
  • Interrogating the “Race” Concept – Facilitators: Dana Jacobson-Goodhue and Flavia Stanley
  • A Common Thread – Facilitators, Emma Sawyer and Laura DeCapua
  • The Lack of Diversity in Children’s Literature and Why Stories Matter – Facilitator: Kayleigh Rodig
  • How Black Artists Tell Their Story – Facilitator: Kumari Younce
  • Water is Life – Facilitator: Abigail Bower
  • How to be a Better Ally: Understanding Whiteness & White Privilege – Facilitator: Dana Jacobson-Goodhue and Flavia Stanley
  • Shenandoah: A documentary Film (DOUBLE WORKSHOP 150 minutes with break) – Facilitator: Andrew Lane

TSA’s HS sugaring elective is still selling maple syrup!
 The suggested donation for each quart is only $15. All syrup is 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


Summer Fun at University of Vermont: UVM is accepting applications for Summer Academy, a unique learning experience open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, providing them with the ability to earn 3 college credits through intensive, academically challenging 4-week programs (2 weeks on-campus, 2 weeks online). This year’s Summer Academy offerings include:

  • Health and Medicine: Students can discover their interests, learn about the latest advances in bioscience and molecular medicine, and develop an understanding of diverse medical and health science career paths that might be right for them.
  • Biomedical Science and Human Disease: In this introductory course, students will expand on the knowledge learned in high school biology and chemistry to explore the biomedical sciences including Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics, Clinical Biochemistry, and Hematology.
  • Using Drones to Map, Monitor, and Measure Our Changing Landscape: UAS or drones, have provided us with new ways to map, monitor, and measure our changing landscape. In this course, students will learn how to operate drones and process drone data to in support of environmental mapping and monitoring.
  • Shakespeare in Practice: In this unique program, students will train with teaching artists of The Vermont Shakespeare Festival, a professional theater that works in collaboration with the Department of Theatre at UVM. This course utilizes Shakespeare’s MACBETH as a framework for full-bodied actor training including Technique, Movement, Voice and Speech, and Intro to Theatre Production/Design.

For more information visit:  http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/precollege/summer-academy/summer-academy-courses/?utm_campaign=Travel%20Study&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=59758771&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_4KqSkdN8fLwGVdeX8Ow9mFl_AmbinIx6VeR9tq1Y5a0Sc8skZjfRfktpkHWA2vw8U_k873GqOJ2wBExfjURC2WvMfT1OC7tWzkCcyqcQIqclHTtg&_hsmi=59758771

Music Lessons from Michael Parker.
 Michael has openings for anyone interested in taking private instrumental music lessons at The Sharon Academy. He can teach beginning levels on almost any instrument, and advanced levels on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Michael is a full time local musician with over 20 years experience and has taught over 12,000 lessons. Please contact Michael at mparkersax@gmail.com if interested. He is also on facebook at Soulfixband or Michaelparkerjazz.


Logo Design Opportunity for Area Middle and High School Students: Calling All Artists for a Logo Design Project
Who:    Middle and High School Artists
What:   Logo Design for Bit Time
When:  By Feb. 1
How:    Photo by e-mail
The Woodstock Area Job Bank is launching a new small job program called Bit Time in February 2018. The mission is to develop a job list of on-call workers of all ages for odd jobs that pay $20 per hour. Middle and high school students are offered the opportunity to design the logo for the Job Bank’s new program. The logo will be used in advertising all over the Upper Valley. The design must fit with the name Bit Time and the slogan, “A bit of time, a bit of work, a bit of money”. The Job Bank is a non-profit free service matching workers and employers in Woodstock and the surrounding towns. For more information or to submit your work, please contact Beth Crowe at woodstockjobbank@gmail.com


Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21

Phoenix Game, Tournament and Meet Results:

Congratulations to alum Mallory Lloyd ’17 who was celebrated between last night’s basketball games with the raising of a banner in the gym, celebrating her 100 soccer goals last season.

Congratulations to Nikki Harrington ’20
who placed 6th overall at a very competitive gymnastics meet at the Regal Gymnastics Academy in Williston, VT. Nikki placed first on vault with a 9.15 out of ten, a new personal best.

Caleb Eastman ’18 also earned a personal best
score of 542 in the Sno Cone Classic Archery Tournament in Sanford, ME. He won his division with an average score per arrow above a 9. You can view an official scoring target that Caleb shot at from 20 yards here for reference.

XC Dartmouth Relays Saturday, Jan. 6.
Including Laila Reimanis 2 mile performance on Friday, the three athletes that participated did quite well considering the size of the event. Novah Conway improved her time in the 300m by more than a half second, running 47.33. Dillon Buttner finished 33rd for the 600m. He has also continued to move up in the weight throw, with a throw of 46′ 4.25″, capturing 15th place in the event.


VB 53, Blue Mountain 33 – Thursday, Jan. 12. Although the final score doesn’t reflect it, for most of this game the score was close! Midway through the 4th quarter the game was tied 31 – 31. Then the Phoenix rose and went on a 22 – 2 run that capped the game for a strong win. Sam Knoerlein ’18 scored 18, Fisher Kelley 14, Austin Gaudette 12. Props to the great defense in the final quarter as well! Great job Phoenix men!  They are now 7-0!

VB 74, Cabot 21 – Tuesday, Jan. 9. Another success for the varsity boys (now 6-0). Josh Amodeo had a great game and scored 16 points as well as eight rebounds and eight assists. Fisher Kelley scored an impressive 14 points as well, Austin Gaudette had 13, Sam Knoerlein 12 and Cole Ward added another 11.

VB 84, West Rutland 28 – Wednesday, Jan. 3. A great game for TSA, Sam Knoerlein scored and impressive 21 points, Josh Amodeo had 18. Fisher Kelley contributed 15 points and had 11 rebounds with Austin Gaudette adding 11 points and 5 assists. Way to go TSA!

JVG 15, Rivendell 34- Tuesday, Jan. 9. An unfortunate loss for the JV girls against Rivendell, the final score was 34-15. Eliza Masteller scored seven points, Tia Kendall had 6 pts, with Jordan Galluzzo adding two. Better luck next time girls!


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 Away Game v Chelsea; Tue. January 16, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VB Basketball Away Game v SoRo; Fri, January 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

JVG Basketball Home Game v Windsor; Sat. January 13, 11:00am – 12:30pm


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


Welcome Mary Stoddard to the TSA Middle School as a part-time Special Educator. Mary writes of herself: “I am Mary Stoddard, and I’ll be working at the school Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. I bring twenty plus years of experience as a New York State middle school Special Education Teacher. Additionally I am a licensed Reading Teacher and a Wilson Dyslexic Therapist. I live in Sharon just up the hill from the school. I’m an enthusiastic backyard beekeeper, an avid vegetable gardener and a yoga practitioner. I hike or snowshoe in the beautiful Vermont woods whenever I can. I look forward to meeting you at the middle school. But, I might also see you in town, on a hike in the woods, or at a yoga class.” Welcome Mary!

This week in MS Language Arts:
 We began our work towards choosing topics for our Food and Hunger Newsletter, called Our Times. Students began researching their topics and will start creating outlines. In order to write a journalism article, students learned the difference between the Active and Passive voice in writing.

This week in MS Science: Students have been working on a 24 hour food log, in which they keep track of everything they eat for a day in order to consider the question: Am I getting the right amount of nutrients? They compare their intake with the recommended daily intake values and reflect on what this data means. The analysis packet is due Friday 1/12. At the end of this week, and most of next week, pairs of students will design their own calorimeters to measure how many calories are in a peanut. This experimental design activity will be assessed as a project.

Next week in Social Studies: students will continue researching and outlining their article for the Food & Hunger newsletter. Completed outlines are due by the end of class on Friday. Details for this project and a calendar of important deadlines can be found here:
Food & Hunger Project Details

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 in mid-March.

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 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

TSA HS Renaissance Faire, 1/30/18, 1:30 – 3:15: The Western Civilization class (11th and 12th grade) will be hosting a Renaissance Faire. Students are creating research-based projects to give all of us a taste of what the Renaissance was like. 9th and 10th grade students will attend the faire. Community and family members are welcome to join us. For more information, please contact Kimberly Barnhart at kbarnhart@sharonacademy.net

Whitcomb High School is hosting a dance on Jan 19th from 7-10 in the Whitcomb cafeteria. 
TSA 9-12th graders are invited to attend. Students who are interested in coming need to sign up with Janice Stumpf. For more information check out this poster for the event:


True Colors Conference Registration, March 15-18, Thursday pm – Sunday am: The True Colors Conference is an affordable opportunity for students to engage in workshops and spend time with people who are interested in and curious about issues pertaining to LGBTQ folks and their allies.  It is a fun and welcoming environment and all – regardless of identity – are encouraged to attend! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is JANUARY 26 and requires a deposit of $50. Price is $55 for the conference, and additional $15-30 for gas and food, depending on number of participants.  FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE if needed. We will leave after school on Thursday and return Sunday midday.  We are so lucky to be able to stay for free at the Manchester Church, in sleeping bags on the floor and couches. For more information, please contact Chad Behre at cbehre@sharonacademy.net or visit https://www.ourtruecolors.org/conference/


Poetry Out Loud School Competition, Jan 29 2018; 6:30pm: All high school students are invited to participate in the TSA Poetry Out Loud (POL) school-wide recitation event,  and take a chance to move on to the State semi-final competition in Barre on March 16th, or all the way to the Nationals in April in D.C! POL is a way to get to know some new poems, push yourself out of your comfort zone and have fun! Talk to Meadow McGalliard ’19 or Christa Wurm if you are interested, need help choosing a poem, or want feedback on your recitation. For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net or visit http://www.poetryoutloud.org/


Scientific Research Opportunities (one in Spanish!) – DEADLINE Jan 31, 2018. The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP, for current 11th graders) in Greenland and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE, for current 10th/11th graders – IN SPANISH) provide high school students the chance to conduct experiments and participate in inquiry-based activities facilitated by teachers and researchers from around the world. The programs offer rich science and cultural experiences unique to the Arctic (JSEP) and Antarctic (JASE) regions. All student expenses for both programs are covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The application deadline for both JSEP and JASE is January 31, 2018. More information about eligibility and other details can be found at our website:
Also, please feel free to contact Lauren Culler and Ross Virginia at 



Scholarship and College Info

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

Gap Year Fair- Jan 13
WHAT: Gap Year Fair
WHERE: Hanover High
WHEN: Saturday 1/13 from 1:00 – 4:00
Families and students can preregister at: www.usagyf2018hanover.eventbrite.com


Heritage Family Credit Union is looking to award four (4) $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who intend to pursue further education at an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school or university. This scholarship is open to all seniors attending a High School in the Heritage Family Credit Union field of membership, who intend to pursue further education in an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school, or university. Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a senior at a high school in HFCU’s field of membership (TSA is)
  • Be pursing further education as a full-time student in an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school or university (minimum 6-credit semester or the equivalent) in the Fall of 2018
  • Be an exemplary member of the student body and have demonstrated leadership qualities within their school and community.

Visit https://www.hfcuvt.com/Personal/Youth-Accounts/scholarships for an application. Scholarship applications must be received no later than 5:00PM EST on Friday, March 30, 2017. For more information, please contact Mark Grossarth at 802.776.2176

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

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Dartmouth: “We have arrived once again to that time of the school year when we pause to honor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The pause is a critical time for us to examine the progress made toward justice since our gathering a year ago. As we spend time together as a community, let us recommit ourselves to honoring and living the legacy of Rev. King. Let us not forget his fight for the poor, the hungry, the unemployed, the imprisoned, those fighting in wars that they did not cause and those who were willing to die as free people than to continue to live as political slaves. We look forward to sharing this time with the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities and hope that you will gain strength from the programs ahead.” – Evelynn Ellis, VP for Institutional Diversity and Equity
For more information, please visit http://www.dartmouth.edu/~mlk/


JAG Productions is pleased to announce JAGFest 2.0, a weekend performing arts festival of new works all celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights and performing artists. Presented February 9 – 11 at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT. The weekend-long festival of play readings celebrates and explores diverse, new voices in American theater. JAGFest will include four staged readings over the course of three days, each featuring a post-show conversation with the playwrights, actors, directors and Dartmouth scholars. Founder & Producing Artistic Director Jarvis Green says “I am beyond excited to amplify Black voices in the American theater by having JAGFest serve as an incubator for new works that are written, directed, and performed by Black theatre artists. Introducing residents and visitors of the Upper Valley to the newest voices in American theatre with a festival that brings attention to the Black experience in America, in my opinion, is very necessary. Our company sees itself as playing a key role in bringing diverse actors and stories to the stage and to the Upper Valley, one of the most racially homogeneous regions of the United States, via powerful creations that are artfully staged.” For more information, please visit:  https://www.jagproductionsvt.com/jagfest2



VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafe will be hosting its first teen science cafe on Saturday, February 3 from 5:30 -7:00 pm at the University of Vermont. Teen science cafes are a free, fun way for you to explore science with local scientists through informal discussions and hands-on activities. And there is always free food! These cafes are planned and run by teens for teens. Open to all youth in grades 7-12. Our first cafe topic will be Astrobiology: Life Among the Stars with Hillary Emick who conducted her graduate research as part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, a team of hundreds of scientists at dozens of universities around the country working to understand where else life could exist in the universe and how to find it. If you’d like to get on our email list, then please contact lauren.traister@uvm.edu


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

Artistree Community Events and News:

Friday, January 12th, 7pm – Join us for a good cause – and good music – to aid in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Opening for the Contenders: Dylan Keith. Sponsored by Green Mountain Disaster Relief Team. Buy your tickets here:  https://artistreevt.org/benefit-concert-for-puerto-rico-with-the-contenders.html

Ticket proceeds will help the Green Mountain Disaster Relief Team (GMDRT) purchase water pumps for Nuestra Escuela students and their community in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Dylan Keith will also perform. Nuestra Escuela is a secondary school located in Caguas, Puerto Rico, an area devastated by Hurricane Maria last September. In 2016, Woodstock Union High School students visited classes at Nuestra Escuela, where they exchanged cultural information, and made new friends. Nuestra Escela will utilize the funds to buy gravity-fed water pumps, providing clean water for use at the school and in the community at large. Vermont locals Jay Nash and Josh Day, performing as The Contenders, have received national acclaim with the release of their album “Laughing with the Reckless”. Dylan Keith, a Pomfret native and snowboard instructor at Suicide Six, is a singer-songwriter and plays acoustic 12-string guitar. He is primarily known for his poetic soft rock original tunes, and his classic rock covers.

Announcing Acrobatics Course at ArtisTree, Wednesday Evenings beginning January 17th6:30-8:00 PM. 
We are now enrolling at ArtisTree for our winter session! Acrobatics for Tweens and Teens is a mixed-level class for students who are ready to take their strength, flexibility, limbering, tumbling, and contortion skills to the next level. In our fun and supportive classroom we’ll explore walkovers, handsprings, aerials, back tucks, and much more. Prerequisite Skills: cartwheel and handstand. Tuition: $240 for 16 weeks. For more information, please contact Kaitlyn Knapp at kaitknapp@gmail.com or visit https://artistreevt.org/acrobatics-for-tweens-and-teens.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



Girl Scout Cookies for Sale:  Jennifer Bettis is the Troop leader for the Girl Scouts in Tunbridge as well as a mom to a current 9th Grader at Sharon Academy, Molly Kinnarney. Molly’s Troop is currently selling Girl Scout Cookies and if anyone was interested in placing an order, Jennifer would be happy to do that if you contact her at jennabettis@gmail.com. All cookies are $5 a box and the sales end January 26th.

Beautiful, Sharon House for Rent, Available June 1, 2018; includes:

  • 4 Bedroom, 2.5 bath
  • Detached 2 car garage
  • Quiet country location 3 miles out on dirt road.4-wheel drive vehicle encouraged, non-smoking required. It is currently rented by TSA family. For more information, please contact Jeanne Amato at allenhillpress@gmail.com or visit craigslist.com


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