TSA Newsletter, June 16, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

This is the Last Issue for the 2016/17 School Year

Enjoy Your Summer!

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

June 2017

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

Now Introducing the 2017/2018 School Calendar, please click here:
2017/18 School Calendar




Thank you to all of the parents and students who are helping us with our graduation ceremonies over the next few days.  Over 300 hours of volunteer time will have been put in to make our Middle School and High School Graduations the wonderful events that they are.  Bring on the Pomp and Circumstance!

Congratulations to all of our TSA HS Seniors
– you have such amazing plans for your future.  Find out what they are up to next year and beyond by clicking:  HERE


From TSA MS Social Studies Teacher, Fallon Abel:  Thanks to all TSA MS students for their hard work throughout the immigration debates! There were many passionate, well-researched speeches and rebuttals. Great work!

Congratulations TSA HS Scholarship Award Winners:
Each year, TSA has the opportunity to nominate junior students for selective scholarships to colleges and universities around the country. This year, the scholarship committee nominated 5 students for 5 scholarships at 4 schools. The qualifications for these particular scholarships focus on academic achievement and leadership. All of the scholarships include a significant monetary award if the nominee is accepted to the college next year. The scholarships range from $28,000 over four years to $100,000 over four years, or approximately $350,000 over four years for all 5 scholarships we are awarded on behalf of the universities. Congratulations to the junior students who earned the scholarships this year:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Max Farrington
The Clarkson School: Nora Rice
The Sage Colleges: Aidan Trimble
Elmira College: Kaila Skeet-Browning
The Sage Colleges: Eliza Masteller

All School News

The student games created in the software development elective at the high school are complete, and for the first time, they’re easily accessible by anyone. Jeremy Thorne, elective teacher and alumni parent, used a completely web-based development and access system on the TSA website which is used for the process of developing the projects. They can be played entirely in a web browser on any OS or device, including mobile devices. Students, parents/guardians, teachers, advisors and administrators are encouraged to take a look at the final project page. It includes links to the playable games themselves, but perhaps more importantly, it includes links to the source code so that anyone can look at the work that the students did and see the programming skills they had to learn in order to create those projects. The page is located here, check it out:

Click through directly to the final project page and see for yourselves.


Phoenix Sports

An Important Plea from TSA Athletic Director, Blake Fabrikant to all TSA Athletes:
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



Middle School News


8th Grade Graduation: Students need to arrive at the HIGH SCHOOL by 6:15PM. MS Graduation is 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.

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.



High School News

Fresh Cut Flowers Still 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) we would appreciate receiving them Saturday morning. Email Dave at deastman@sharonacademy.net or simply drop them off and Jessica Wright will arrange them.  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



Scholarship and College Info

Congratulations to the class of 2017 whose hard work and dedication earned them offers of admission to the following colleges and universities (organized by location):

Utah:  University of Utah
Florida:  Rollins College, Stetson University
Idaho:  Boise State University
New York:  Bard College, Clarkson University, Colgate University, Hofstra University, Ithaca College, Marist College, New York University, Paul Smith’s College, Pratt Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Skidmore College, Saint Lawrence University, The New School, Union College,
Rhode Island:  University of Rhode Island
Pennsylvania:  Arcadia University, Juniata College
California:  Academy of Art University, California College of the Arts, University of San Francisco,
Illinois:  Columbia College Chicago
Colorado:  Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, The Naropa University
New Hampshire:  Colby-Sawyer College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Southern New Hampshire University,
Connecticut:  Connecticut College, Quinnipiac University
Virginia:  College of William & Mary, Randolph-Macon College
Maryland:  Goucher College
Washington, D.C.:  American University
Wisconsin:  Beloit College, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ohio:  Kenyon College
Montana:  Montana State University-Bozeman, University of Montana-Missoula
Maine:  Colby College, Maine College of Art, University of Maine Farmington, University of Maine, University of Southern Maine,
Iowa:  Cornell College
Indiana:  Earlham College
Massachusetts:  Emerson College, Dean College, Hampshire College, Lesley University, Nicols College, Salem State University, Simmons College, Smith College, Suffolk University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Vermont:  Bennington College, Castleton University, Champlain College, Green Mountain College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Marlboro College, Middlebury College, Norwich University, Saint Michael’s College, Vermont Technical College, University of Vermont
Canada:  Acadia University, Bishops University, Concordia University



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

“Cabaret” at the FlynnSpace this summer! July 20th: 7pm, July 21st: 7pm, July 22nd: 2pm and 7pm, July 23rd: 1pm and 6pm; event price: $18+

A message from Ella Atkinson ’18: Hi Everyone, Ella here! Some of you may know that I’ve been rehearsing for a production of the Tony award-winning musical, “Cabaret” with the Flynn Youth Theater Company in Burlington. Each year, the Flynn Youth Theater Company presents 3 musicals to the public, cast with many talented VT youth. Last year, I was in a production of “Spring Awakening” with the company, and this year I’ll be playing Fräulein Kost, in the amazing musical, “Cabaret”. “Leave your troubles outside” with this Tony Award-winning musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, which sets a complicated love story between struggling novelist Cliff Bradshaw and nightclub singer Sally Bowles against the rise of the Nazi Party in 1930s Berlin. It’s framed by fantastic numbers inside the decadently dilapidated Kit Kat Klub, an escape from reality presided over by the Emcee, who comments on the political and social implications of the action in the story while hinting at the tragedy yet to come. Cabaret’s examination of the ways artists respond to changing political and social climates continues to resonate deeply in our current era. Ticket prices range from $18-$20. You can buy them here: http://www.flynntix.org/flynnspace/cabaret-starring-23-top-notch-local-youth/Details?perfNo=14731&perfCodePrefix=FAM18C

Please note that “Cabaret” features very mature content and is recommended for ages 15+ I’d love to see you this summer! We are putting in so much work to put on the best show we can!


Now in its 7th year, the Sprouty is a 5K walk/run and 10K run along the White River in Sharon, Vermont. The 2017 race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 9am at the Sharon Elementary School. The race is committed to bringing out community members and serious runners alike to celebrate good health, local agriculture and the beauty of September in Vermont. Proceeds go to support the Farm-to-School program at the Sharon Elementary School. The day includes a fun-run loop for kids around the school with ribbons for all kids.  Still More Cats 2 will be playing fabulous music for all to enjoy. Refreshments (including free smoothies) await at the finish area. Crepes will be available for sale, made on site by the Skinny Pancake. T shirts are available and all participants receive free lettuce plants. For more information and to register, please visit:


House for Sale at 4959 Vermont Route 14, across from the church in Sharon, VT.  It is a vintage Victorian in town and is within walking distance to store, post office, schools.  The house has been upgraded and restored with blown in insulation, some newer windows.  Appliances include: stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, all relatively new and an older washer and dryer.   The house has 3 bedrooms and a full bath up stairs and an additional bonus finished room previously used for my son’s entertainment.  The upstairs full bath includes a vintage claw foot tub, new 5” tiled shower and newly tiled floors, vintage pedestal sink with custom tiled backsplash.

Downstairs: laundry/mud room with own entrance.  Country kitchen with a large pantry in addition to cupboards in kitchen.  Large south facing dining room with bay window hardwood floors and wainscotting in both kitchen and dining room with built in china closet. There is a small library/den and a formal living room with a turret housing a baby grand piano.  There are three porches, two enclosed and one open in the front.  the home has a brand new furnace and oil tank, hot water heater, newer roofs on porches and chimney has been repointed.  There is custom wallpaper through out the house.  All knob and tube have been removed to satisfy insurance requirements and the home electric was increased to 100 amps.

Sale Price to be determined. Pictures of the house can be seen by clicking:  HERE
Contact Pamela Mather for more information by calling 802-356-0423 or email: pamelamather7@gmail.com


Five bedroom house on 7+ acres including 28 x 48 freestanding woodworking shop and 20 x 40 free stall barn for sale in South Strafford, VT. https://12tysonroad.wordpress.com/  Cost: $449,000. Contact: 802-356-3616mrickett@gmail.com
See photos and details at DailyUV Market: https://dailyuv.com/market/907409


Middle School Teacher, Marcy Innes is looking for a responsible house and dog sitter from July 8 to 21. Responsibilities include taking care of two very nice dogs, watering a garden, and enjoying nearby Cardigan Mountain, Grafton Pond, and various other outdoor opportunities. Please email or call for more information: marcyinnes@gmail.com or 603-727-6792.


TSA Alumn, Cobalt Tolbert, is looking for a room to rent in NYC,NY during the Fall 2017 semester and was wondering if you had any leads or connections.  If everything works out, I will take some classes at a Community College and look for a job while applying to Colleges in the City to study Philosophy. Cobalt thanks you for your help!

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

Massage and Acupressure Offerings by Hoyt Bingham
, Licensed Massage Therapist. VT Route 14, Royalton & 144 Palmer Court, Wilder, VT
For more information, please contact Hoyt Bingham at hoytshealinghands@gmail.com or visit www.hoytshealinghands.abmp.com.