TSA Newsletter, June 9, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

June 2017

Fri 9 HS Final Marking Period Ends
Mon 12 HS Exam Review Day
Tues – Thurs 13-15 HS Final Exams
Thurs 15 8th Grade Class Trip
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


To download a copy of the TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017, please click here: TSA 2016/17 School Calendar




Thank you to parents for coming out Thursday night to support the students at our annual Middle School Science Fair. The kids worked hard over the past eight weeks and put their learning on display with some fabulous presentations. A wonderful way to end the year in science at the TSA Middle School!


Congratulations to Harvey Kelley ’17 and Mallory Lloyd ’17 for being named Athletes of the Year by the Valley News. Check out the video here:  https://www.facebook.com/tsaboosterclub/


The Athletic Booster Club wants to say THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered, donated or purchased something this past year. Without you we could not have made almost $13,500 to support TSA Athletics!!! Have a great summer and we will see you in the Fall for soccer and delicious wood-fired pizza.

Congratulations to the class of 2017
whose hard work and dedication earned them offers of admission to many fine Universities and Colleges. See the list of these excellent schools in the Scholarship and College Info section below.


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

Congratulations to all Seniors from the TSA Athletic Booster Club.  
We are really going to miss all of you. Remember to stop back during Fall Break for a soccer game and slice of pizza, or during Winter holiday break for a basketball game and delicious pretzel, or after classes let out in the spring for a baseball game and hotdog!!

A Message from TSA Athletic Director, Blake Fabrikant:
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


Phoenix Sports Results:

The Phoenix Track Team participated in the Division IV State Meet on June 2, with lots of notable results.  The boys team, with only 5 athletes, finished 4th out of 18 teams – this is spectacular!  Our overall team (boys and girls) competed in 14 events in total, and our athletes had personal bests in 10 of the entries.  In the 400m boys race, we placed 3 of the top 5 runners. Sophie Chesnut represented the girls well, with solid performances and personal bests in both the 800m and the 1500m. In the final event of the day, our boys 4 x 400m relay team (Richard Morrill, Joe Campbell, Olly Skeet-Browning, Dillon Buttner) finished 2nd, just narrowly behind South Royalton by 0.16 seconds.


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



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


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.

Vermont’s Standardized Testing for TSA’s 7th and 8th Graders. On June 9th, 12th and 13th from 10:30AM -12:30PM
TSA middle school students will take Vermont’s standardized test – the SBACs (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) – for Math and Language Arts. These tests will be administered mostly on computers. In preparation for the testing, please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep, eat a good, healthy breakfast, and to bring their best effort to the test. Students may bring a water bottle and a book to the testing. Please make sure your student is on time for school. Also, please note that these tests are required by the state. Any student who misses any part of the tests will have to make them up at a later date. PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP IF YOUR STUDENT IS GOING TO MISS ANY SCHOOL ON THESE DATES.

End of school year MIDDLE SCHOOL dates to remember:
•       June 15th  – Eighth Grade Class Trip. Seventh grade has regular school day.
•       June 16th  –  Last day of school, Field Day and Barbecue, end of 3rd Trimester. Dismissal is at 2:00.
•       June 16th  –  Middle School graduation celebration 6:30 – 9:00. All students attend.

Middle School Academic News

MS Language Arts: Students are finishing up the year by preparing their short stories for publication, completing book cards and doing some end-of-the year fun critical thinking activities. All yearbook pages are due today. They should be in digital format and shared with Marcy.

MS Science: Thank you to parents for coming out Thursday night to support the students at our annual middle school science fair. The kids worked hard over the past eight weeks and put their learning on display with some fabulous presentations. A wonderful way to end the year in science!

MS Social Studies: The final debates will be on Tues. 6/13 and Wed. 6/14. The full project description and assessment expectations can be found here:  Immigration Debate Project



High School News

Fresh Cut Flowers 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) at 11am on June 18th, email Dave at deastman@sharonacademy.net as soon as possible.  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


Count Down to Graduation:  Seniors have received their cap and gown. These should be tried on, and hung to get the wrinkles out. They can be ironed with a cool iron. Gowns should be returned to the school for reuse. Caps can be decorated, but should not be offensive to anyone. If the gown does not fit, please let Janice or Cynthia know ASAP.


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 DC:  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:


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.

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.