TSA Newsletter, January 19, 2018

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

January 2018

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


February 2018

Tues. 6 The Outdoor Challenge Group – Class of 2020, 1:30pm – 3:15pm
Sat. 17 Mathcounts Regional Competition
Sat. 24 February Break Begins – (Ends Sunday, March 4th)

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




A big thank you to Dia Draper, our key note speaker for Chain Reaction Day on Tuesday, January 16th. Not only was she inspiring, but I think she was inspired by our students as well, as she stayed for the whole event. And thank you to all of our workshop leaders: James Sturm, Amber Wylie, Christa Wurm, Sam Drazin, Kathleen Moore, Maria Piasecki, Madeline Raynolds, Dana Jacobson-Goodhue, Flavia Stanley, Emma Sawyer, Laura DeCapua, Kayleigh Rodig, Kumari Younce, Abigail Bower, Andrew Lane, Lucia Jackson and Paul Sawyer. This event is one of the most important events we hold at TSA and this year was no exception – perhaps even exceptional!

All School News

Wish List Items Needed at TSA’s Middle School:
  • Refrigerator – have a gently used one you can spare or are getting rid of? Contact Catherine Farrington at cfarrington@sharonacademy.net
  • 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
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:

VB 53, Blue Mountain 33. Thursday, Jan. 11.  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 points, Fisher Kelley 14, Austin Gaudette 12. Props to the great defense in the final quarter as well.

VB 73, Chelsea 48. Tuesday, Jan. 16. A great game for the varsity boys, who are now 8-0. The offense did a great job, Sam Knoerlein finished with 31 points and Austin Gaudette added 24. Fisher Kelley and Josh Amodeo each scored eight points. Way to go TSA!

JVG 33, Blue Mountain 21. Thursday, Jan. 11.
A great win for the girls, Eliza Masteller scored 12 points, Tia Kendell 8, and Jordan Galluzzo had 5. Emma Foster also had a good game and scored six points, with Tommi Hoyt adding 2 more.

JVG 20, Windsor 26. Saturday, Jan. 13. An unfortunate loss on Saturday, but the girls still tried their best. Emma F. had 8 points, Eliza Masteller 7, Beth Dobrich 3 and Jordan scored 2. 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 South Royalton; Fri. January 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VB Basketball Home Game v Craftsbury; Tue, January 23, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

JV Girls Home Game v St. Johnsbury; Thu, January 25, 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:
 Students began drafting their articles for the Food and Hunger Newsletter. Students have a double work period in Language Arts and Social Studies with lots of support and writing assistance. Their drafts are due on Thursday this week. Our new literary circle will begin Friday with the introduction of the book, October Sky, by Homer Hickam. This will kick off the next unit on Energy.

This week in MS Science:  Students have completed their 24 hour food logs and this week and next week will be designing calorimeters and using them to, as accurately as possible, measure the calories in peanuts and other foods. This activity will be assessed as a project/major assessment.

Next week in Social Studies: Next week in Social Studies, students will have in-class work periods to write the rough draft of their article for the Food & Hunger newsletter. Completed rough drafts are due by the end of class on ThursdayDetails 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.


Next Middle School Dance will be on 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

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.


Pre-College Summer STEM programs at WPI: Worcester Polytechnic Institute is proud to offer several pre-college STEM programs. Frontiers is an exciting residential opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to explore STEM topics and humanities.  Students from around the globe come together to get a closer look at on-campus college life. For younger students they offer the Launch program.  Launch is a hands-on learning and research experience for rising 9th and 10th graders to take a closer look at the student’s field of interest.  An optional residential component is available.  Topics include: Biology, Physics, Robotics, Environmental Modeling/Systems Dynamics, Interactive Media & Game development, Engineering Technology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science. Participants in both programs learn from a dedicated team of WPI faculty and students, using state-of-the-art experimental, analytical and computer technology and facilities. For more information, please contact Sue Sontgerath at 508-831-4900 or visit wpi.edu/+summer


High School Student Registration for Courses at Dartmouth: Junior and senior high school students have the opportunity to take courses at Dartmouth college for high school and college credit. Strict conditions and application procedures apply. Please see Ellen if you are interested. Dartmouth has a firm application date of February 23. The Registrar’s office will go live with the “course timetables” (which lists the available courses, days of the week and the times courses are held) on Feb. 2nd at the link below. The link below, is to the SCSP site used to explain the program, and it also, contains the necessary “pages” to the application. (You will see a black box located to the right, on the website main page, which has two links contained within the box.  There is a link that says, “Read the Program Policies”. If you click on that link, it will take you to the policy page.  If you click on the link that says, “or learn how to apply” it will take you to the actual process for applying along with providing students with the pages to the application. Applications must be reviewed by Ellen before submission. Participating students must maintain a C+ or above in order to continue to take additional courses at Dartmouth. High school students can take up to a total of four courses over their junior and senior years in high school.  Seniors can apply in fall, winter and spring. Juniors can apply for winter and spring term only. For more information, please visit https://student-affairs.dartmouth.edu/departments-programs/programs/special-community-student-program


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:


Summer Young Writers Institute: The application deadline for the New Young State Summer Young Writers Institute is April 1st. The institute, which is held at Skidmore College, accepts 40 high school writers who will be entering grades 10, 11 and 12 in the fall of 2018. Participants receive instruction in poetry, fiction and dramatic writing with professional mentors. For more information, please contact  at 518-580-5593 or visit www.skidmore.edu/youngwriters

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

VSAC Scholarship Deadline is Coming Soon: TSA Seniors are reminded that the deadline to apply for scholarships through VSAC is February 16
Remember 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
Engineering Summer Camp for students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the Fall of 2018. “Engineering for Sustainability” is designated for female students. “Engineering for a Connected World” is open for all eligible students. Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell is offering two, 1-week, overnight summer camp opportunities in July. The first week focuses on “Engineering for a Connected World” – sensors, big data, the internet of things; week two, for girls only, is “Engineering for Sustainability” – with a focus on such topics as solar power, renewable energy, clean additives and more.  One week of camp costs $1,200 (including overnight accommodations, all meals and snacks, field trips, and supplies) – There ARE scholarships available. More information and registration here: https://www.uml.edu/futureengineerscamp
Early Bird Coupon through March 1st: 10% off with code: UMLearlybird. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erin Sheehan Caples (978) 995-5018erin_caples@uml.edu


Scholarship for Residents of Sharon, Royalton, Barnard and Pomfret: The Community Club of East Barnard is offering the Luna Moore Scholarships to high school seniors who live in the Broad Brook watershed and plan to further their education. The Broad Brook Watershed includes those portions of Barnard, Pomfret, Royalton and Sharon where streams flow into Broad Brook.  Residents who live on property contiguous with these portions are eligible for the scholarship. “Further education” is broadly defined to include certified training programs, trade schools and two or four year colleges. Annual scholarship grants will be $500 each with no more than three grants being given in one year.  Grants will be payable for the second semester. Recipients will be selected by a vote of the scholarship trustees on the basis of scholarship, character and financial need. To apply, the applicant should send a letter which explains future education plans and thoroughly describes his/her academic records and achievements, community and other involvement and financial need.  The applicant should include his/her physical home address as well as the mailing address if it is different. Letters of support and other documents are not necessary and will NOT be considered by the Trustees. The deadline for letters of application is March 28, due at the address listed below:
Paige Gibbs
828 Walker Hill Road
South Royalton, VT 05068

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net


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


The Woodstock Inn and Resort is hosting their 4th annual Tubb’s Snowshoe and Face Race over at Suicide Six Ski Resort – it is a great way to get high school-aged kids in the area involved. The Race will take place on February 3rd at 4:15 PM. As the race will benefit the Chad Children’s Hospital in Hanover, it is also a great way for students to gain community service credit. Any questions? Contact Sydney Sturgeon at: 802.457.5595 or SBS@woodstockinn.com

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

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.


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:

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



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


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


Help Wanted:

Posted 12/5/17

Manage Social Media, Website, Newsletter at TSA
Beginning January 2018
Apply at www.schoolspring.com Job ID 2864094
Equal Opportunity Employer