TSA Newsletter, January 5, 2018

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

January 2018

Wed 10 Dismissal at 12:30 – Afternoon Teacher In-Service
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 HS Q3 Electives Begin

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




We did it! We raised over $1.5 million, our most ambitious fundraising effort ever – and so many of you helped! More than 500 families and friends of TSA helped support middle school scholarships, student support services, faculty professional development, and improved trails and outbuildings for recreation and outdoor education. Thank you so much to all that helped us reach the finish line!

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


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

Local FIRST Robotics team Archytas kickoff event.
Local FIRST Robotics team Archytas, sponsored by NASA, will hold its kickoff event on Saturday, January 6th, starting at 10am and running to 2pm. Location: 768 S. Main Street in Bethel, Vermont. All interested persons are welcome. The team welcomes both youth participants and adult mentors. And it’s not just about the robot; we need people who are into planning, administration, communications, fundraising, and tinkering. Mostly we want people who are eager to help others learn new skills and to have fun doing so! Following the January 6 kickoff, teams have six weeks to design, build, and test their robots, during which time participants learn valuable STEM skills such as design, fabrication, and programming, as well as teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and leadership. FRC participants can also apply for college scholarships that total over $50 million this year. The mission of FRC Team 6933, Archytas, sponsored by NASA, is “to inspire and cultivate the creative, technical, and collaborative capacities of students through hands­-on learning in a robotics program that respects all voices and supports the values and objectives of FIRST.” The team is named in honor of an ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, Archytas of Tarentum, who is said to have built the first robot, a mechanical pigeon that flew using steam power. For more information please contact: mfarrington@sharonacademy.net

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.  Please contact Michael at mparkersax@gmail.com if interested.

Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21

Game Results:

VB 65,  Rivendell 45 – Friday, Dec. 29. Another great game for the Phoenix boys who are now 5-0! Sam Knoerlein scored 18 points. Fisher Kelley added 13, with Austin Gaudette contributed 12. Cole Ward had a great game as point guard, and had nine points as well as five assists.

JVG 68,  Woodstock 22 – Friday, Dec. 29. A great game for TSA; Eliza Masteller was the leading scorer with 11 points, followed by eighth grader Beth Dobrich who had six. Jordan Galluzzo and Aliza Aldrich scored four points each and Tommi Hoyt, Tori, and Emma Foster contributed two points each. Way to go TSA!


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



Upcoming Games Next Week –

VB Basketball Home Game v Arlington; Sat. January 6, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
VB Basketball Home Game v Cabot; Tues. January 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
VB Basketball Home Game v Blue Mountain; 
Thu, January 11, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

JVG Basketball Away Game v Rivendell; Sat. January 6, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
JVG Basketball Game Away v Rivendell; Tues. January 9, 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

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

Career and Technical Center Information Session: A representative from the Randolph Technical Career Center will be providing an information session for all 9th and 10th grade students during X/Y block (11:00) on Thursday, January 11. Randolph Technical Career Center offers skills and training in the following areas to compliment the learning that students are doing at The Sharon Academy:
Ag Tech, AutoTech, Business, Building-Trades, Criminal-Justice, Culinary, Diesel Technology, Digital-Filmmaking, Environmental-Resource-Mgmt, Graphic-Arts, Health-Careers, Education-Social-Services, Co-op

TSA students are able to access a Career and Technical Center in Randolph or Hartford depending on their area of interest and their town of residence. For more information contact Ellen Bagnato or visit the Randolph Technical Career Center Website at:  http://orangesouthwest.org/rtcc
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 intends 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 or visit https://www.hfcuvt.com/Personal/Youth-Accounts/scholarships

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

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:

Branch Out Teen Night: February 2, 2018, 6-9:45pm; FREE – Join us at ArtisTree to create Lotions and Potions – make something for self care or a special gift for your valentine, card making. https://artistreevt.org/branch-out-creative-events-for-all-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 bot 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

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