TSA Newsletter, January 26, 2018

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

January 2018

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 – Class of 2020, 1:30pm – 3:15pm
Sat. 17 Mathcounts Regional Competition
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




A huge thank you to Jackson Nichols ’22, Ian Robertson ’21 and Jillian Sherwin ’21 for representing TSA at a recent middle school and high school fair in Rochester.  Students from Rochester and Stockbridge attended this event to find out more about their choices for their next school. Our students did a great job explaining TSA to families.

A Shout Out to all of our TSA Seniors and Ellen Bagnato – in addition to their normal course of studies, many of them have been filling out applications to colleges. This is a lot of work, but is made a bit easier because of the guidance of Ellen Bagnato, our College and Career Planning Counselor. Thank you Ellen!

Congratulations to Georgia Quackenbos ’20 who placed second at the College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show in Wellington, FL. She placed second in both the “over fences” and “flat” classes. She was just 2 points away from high point rider (overall winner). As a result of her success, she is in line for a photography scholarship. Way to go Georgia!

Well done to the 6 TSA Alum who made the dean’s list at the University of Vermont. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school. Congratulations to: Cobalt Tolbert ’13, Robin Chadwell ’16, Margaret Gish ’14, Christopher Gish 16, Madlen Fields ’14, and Mackenzie Young ’15!



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

Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21

Phoenix Game, Tournament and Meet Results:

VB 41, South Royalton 39. Friday, Jan. 19. A close game for the varsity boys, but they pulled off a win and remain unbeaten. Fisher Kelley scored 14 points, Sam Knoerlein 12, and Austin Gaudette scored 10.

VB 50, Craftsbury 33. Wednesday, Jan. 24.  Another win for the varsity boys! The game started off with a score of 16-2 and they managed stay ahead by at least four points the entire game. Congratulations to TSA’s Athletic Director and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Blake Fabrikant; this was his 100th win in just 9 years as the coach!


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 Whitchester; Mon. January 29, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

VB Basketball Away Game v Blue Mountain, Wed. January 31, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


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

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. 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: The calorimeters are up and running! Students are burning peanuts and other foods to calculate the number of calories in them, using their own calorimeters. At the end of the week, we’ll start learning about digestion and how our bodies extract energy and materials from our food. The calorimetry experiment packets will be due the end of this week.

Next week in Social Studies: Next week in Social Studies, students will have in-class work periods to make revisions on their article for the Food & Hunger newsletter. Completed final drafts 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


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

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


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.


Upper Valley Portfolio Day – Friday, March 9th.  The Sharon Academy and Hanover High School have partnered with AVA Gallery to organize the second Upper Valley Portfolio Day at the AVA Gallery on Friday, March 9 from 10am – 1pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to get supportive feedback on their art work and learn more about art programs in college. So far we have 5 schools confirmed to attend.  They will review student art work as well as share information about their respective college programs.  Confirmed schools include: Montserrat College of Art, Lesley University, Maine College of Art (MECA), University of New Hampshire, Colby-Sawyer College. We hope to add a few more schools to the list soon! Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend.  If interested in attending, please contact Ellen or Laura. For more information, please contact Laura DeCapua at ldecapua@sharonacademy.net.


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


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 application pages. (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


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


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/



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


Vermont Golf Association Scholarship: Please note that students who work at a golf course/golf club are eligible for this scholarship even if they do not play golf! The Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund assists deserving Vermont resident students in obtaining a college education or technical training of university grade. The Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, awards a minimum of 10 Scholarships to Vermont High School Graduates for up to four years to help further their education. Applications must be submitted no later than May 1, 2018. For more information, please contact Patrick Murray at pj3murray@gmail.com or visit http://vtga.org/vga-scholarship-fund-2


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


“We the Students” essay competition gives high-school students from across the U.S. a chance to share their perspectives on a trending topic. This year, they are asking students to consider what role the government should play in monitoring internet content and they are awarding $20,000+ in scholarship and prizes to the winning essayists, including:
1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to the 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each.
Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each.
Students should sign up at the link below and submit their 500-800-word essay before February 5, 2018.


St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont Scholarship: The St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont Scholarship Foundation is offering 3, $1000.0 scholarships for VT residents. Applications will be considered from VT residents or from the St Andrew’s Society of Vermont members and their families, regardless of residency; who will enroll or who are already enrolled in an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree program in the coming fall semester. Selection:  Recipients are selected by the scholarship committee on the basis of previous scholastic records, 3 letters of recommendation, SAT scores and a letter describing educational goals and financial need. Deadline:  Wednesday, Feb 23, 2018. For more information, please contact Darryl Calkins at  or visit:


Exchange Program to Germany: The Congress-Budestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program allows graduating high school seniors to spend a year in Germany living with a host family, participating in a school or training program and getting hands-on work experience through an internship with a German company. The application deadline is January 31, 2018 For more information, please contact Susan Franck at sfranck@nacelopendoor.org or visit www.nacelopendoor.org

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


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

Hadley Greene ’18 Photography Exhibit Opening at the Chelsea Library, Feb 2, 2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Hadley is a student at The Sharon Academy and a resident of Strafford. She is Chelsea Public Library’s featured artist for the month of January and February. Light refreshments will be provided.


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.



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 – 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