TSA Newsletter, March 10th, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

March 2017

Mon 13 Middle School Circus Interim begins!
Wed 15 Special Middle School Schedule Change – see Middle School Section below for full details
Fri 17 Middle School end of Trimester
Mon 20 Junior Exhibition Presentation Day
Tues 21 Parent Support Group Meeting at TSA!  Screens and Teens: 5:30pm – 6:30pm, TSA HS, Moore Hall (The Pit)
Thurs 23 Cafe Night at the High School, 6:30pm
Fri 24 HS In Service – No School – High School Only
Fri 24 Circus Performance: Carnival at 6:00pm, Circus at 7:00
Sat 25 Circus Performance: Carnival at 3:00pm, Circus at 4:00

Save the date: April 29th is TSA’s 21st Birthday Gala!
Help TSA celebrate “Coming of Age”.  Much more information will be coming to you over the coming weeks about this exciting TSA event.


The TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017 is available.  To download a copy, please click here: TSA 2016/17 School Calendar





Congratulations to the winners of TSA Middle School’s Pasta Bridge Building (and crushing) Competition. The winning partners of the 7th grade contest: Elliot Tonks and Leah Holmes.  Their bridge held 16 pounds and the bridge weighed 6.9 ounces. The winning partners of the 8th Grade contest: Anika Eastman and Paige Shirley. Their bridge held 33 pounds and the bridge weighed 11.3 ounces. The bridge competition was a ratio challenge (weight held : weight of bridge). There were bridges that held more, but also weighed disproportionately more.  The strongest bridge was Kenneth Lyman and Leah Foster’s whose held 34 pounds, but lost the ratio challenge.  You can see lots of pictures (not just the winning bridges on our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheSharonAcademy


TSA 8th Grader, Tom Bissaillon plays hockey for the Woodstock Jr. Wasps and they just won the Vermont 14U tier II state championship 2-1 over Essex. They are now going to the 14U tier II national championship April 6 – 10 in Coral Springs, Florida! 48 teams from around the country will participate. Congratulations Tom!

Congratulations to Olivia Swayze ’21
for the publication of her poem, “For the Love of Drama”, in this months issue of Kid Stuff Magazine. You can check out Olivia’s poem on page 7 of Kid Stuff Magazine’s on line issue at:  Kid Stuff


All School News


TSA Parent Volunteers Needed:  We will need a significant amount of parent volunteer help for TSA’s April 29th Fundraising Gala.  This is our “Coming of Age” party – We are turning 21!  If you would like to help with the various jobs that help us to celebrate TSA, raise money for our school’s operation, and celebrate some new initiatives, please get in touch!  We will need help gathering auction items, food donations, decorating, setting up the party space, and more.  Email Dave Eastman if you can help at: deastman@sharonacademy.net

In the mean time – mark your calendars! This is one of TSA’s most wonderful annual community events. Come join the fun on April 29th!  Much more information  will coming to you over the coming weeks about this exciting TSA event.

Do you have time in a vacation home that you could donate to TSA’s Fundraising Auction? In the past, we have auctioned off everything from a weekend in a NYC apartment to a week in Maine or Florida.  If you have a vacation property you can donate, please contact Jenn Hayslett (jhayslett@sharonacademy.net) or Dave Eastman (deastman@sharonacademy.net). Thank you!


Family Fun at The Sharon Academy’s Circus! Join in the fun at The Sharon Academy Middle School Circus on Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25! For the eleventh consecutive year, middle school students from The Sharon Academy (TSA) will be performing their circus at The Sharon Academy High School on Route 14 in Sharon. Troy Wunderle, Big Top Tour Artistic Director of Circus Smirkus and the Director of Clowning for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has returned to TSA to lead the students in creating a hilarious circus which consistently draws huge crowds. Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival – a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children. Two performances: Friday, March 25th, Carnival starts at 6:00 pm, Circus starts at 7:00 pm. Saturday, March 26th, Carnival starts at 3:00 pm, Circus starts at 4:00. $3 admission. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Fun for the whole family. For more information visit sharonacademy.org/tsa-circus


Please come to our March TSA Cafe Night (Open Mic and Talent Show) at the High School in Moore Hall on Thursday, March 23rd. Show starts at 6:30pm. See you there! For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at ksensenich@sharonacademy.net


Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day is May 13th at Dartmouth College.  Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day is a fun-filled day of mathematics with hands-on workshops and talks for female middle and high school students and their teachers, both women and men. Originally started and funded by the Association for Women in Mathematics, the purpose of the day is to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics and to assist the teachers of female mathematics students.  For more information and to register: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~skmd2017/

TSA’s Sandy Thorne will host the trip for TSA students.  All interested female TSA students should email Sandy at: sthorne@sharonacademy.net


Parent Support Group Meetings at TSA!  Screens and Teens.  Helping support our kids (and each other!) navigate the complicated world of social media and technology. This is an open forum for any parents/guardians interested in joining. Kate will be facilitating the meetings with some guiding questions regarding social media and teen technology usage. The hope is that the ideas, questions, advice and curiosities that you bring will continue to guide the group. Kate says, “I am by no means on expert on this topic, but I would like to create a space where parents can share thoughts and offer support to each other as you navigate the complicated world of raising teens in a digital age.” Please do not feel you have to attend each meeting. Drop-ins are welcome! These evenings will be held at The Sharon Academy High School – 5:30-6:30pm – Moore Hall (The Pit) – Light Refreshments served. Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 21st
  • Tuesday, April 11th
  • Tuesday, May 9th

For more information, please contact Kate Sensenich at ksensenich@sharonacademy.net



Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Daisy Hutt


Upper Valley Women’s Basketball League Tournament is this weekend:  March 11 and 12, 2017; 3/11 8:00am-8:00pm, 3/12 8:00am-3:00pm.  TSA is excited to host The Upper Valley Women’s Basketball League’s annual tournament on March 11 and 12th. The Athletic Booster Club will be selling concessions. This is a BIG event and we will need a lot of volunteers and food donations. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kim Knoerlein at kdk13vt@gmail.com or visit the Google Spreadsheet to sign up:  Volunteers and Donations

Game Result & Upcoming Playoff Game Details

TSA Varsity Girls:

The TSA Varsity Girls basketball team won their Tuesday evening play down game vs. Mid Vermont Christian by a score of 43-31! The TSA home gym was absolutely filled to capacity. The girls now advance to the quarterfinals for only the 2nd time in their basketball history! They will face a stern test on the road when they face #1 seed Mount Saint Joseph Academy, in Rutland, tonight, Friday March, 10th at 7:00 PM. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.


MS Climbing Team:

Hats off to our Middle School Rock Climbers for completing a fantastic season! Jack Brandon ’22, Margot Frost ’22, Leah Holmes ’22, Metro Sedon ’22 and Quinn Warren ’21 climbed twice a week at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing gym in Quechee from November through February. They learned all about the sport, including safety and how to belay. They steadily improved throughout the season and challenged themselves.  They competed in 5 Middle School Competitions and this team, (several of whom had never climbed before), finished 4th out of 6 Middle School teams with a HUGE total season point value of 65,050! Many thanks to the parents for supporting this team and congratulations to the climbers!

You can get even more 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

Special Scheduling Note for Next Week:  In anticipation of potential bad weather next week, we are changing our regular week schedule for circus and making Wednesday a full day. We will have a full day even if weather doesn’t interfere with the week, just so everyone can plan their week.  Apologies to those who cannot make it or need to pick up their student early, we understand and they will not be penalized in any way.

Be sure to check out all the appreciations above for all the great accomplishments of TSA Middle School Students!

Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures arrives this coming Monday, March 13th!  Circus volunteer opportunities have been sent to parents via email.  Please take a look at the list and respond with your availability.  Thank you!

TSA MS Academic News of the week:

Social Studies: Rough drafts of religion research papers were due today. Students will receive feedback in the order that their drafts were turned in. They should get started on their presentations and begin making revisions. Final drafts of the paper are due by Friday, March. 17th. The assignment can be found here:  Assignment Description

Science: The science unit test will take place next Monday March 13th. After the circus interim, students will begin exploring topics for science fair.

Other TSA MS News:

The circus is coming!!!  The middle school will begin its circus interim on Monday, March 13th.  Troy Wunderle of Big Top Adventures will arrive early on Monday morning to unpack a large truck filled with circus props and equipment.  Then, during the following two weeks, Troy will mentor students through the creation of an hour-long show. Academics will continue on a part time basis until Friday, March 17th. From then onward the remaining school days will be devoted to circus preparation.  Please watch the newsletter closely to learn how you may help and to keep abreast of important scheduling information. Please also note that the circus will be performed in the high school gym on the evening of Friday, March 24th and the afternoon of Saturday, March 25th Let us know ASAP if your student cannot be present on either of these circus dates as each student plays an important role in the circus performance.  Middle school students do not have school on Monday, March 27th following the circus.


First Tech Challenge – robotics for middle school students! Meetings are twice a month on Wednesdays 3:15pm to 5:15pm at Randolph Union High School. With FTC teams, the build season was from September to February. The team meets off-season and is currently working on programming as well as finishing the shooter and gatherer on the robot. Here is the game video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQLrcQbm8cg For more information contact:  Charlie Zani <czani@orangesouthwest.org>



High School News

Junior Exhibition Presentations: Monday, March 20th.  All Juniors are required to complete a multi-faceted project, called Exhibition, through which students execute in-depth research into a topic about which they are passionate. Our Juniors have spent the past year researching their topics, and on Monday, they will present their findings to the school. Exhibition assessment is based both on a written component (8 – 12 pages) and on an oral presentation (20 – 25 minutes) and includes face-to-face feedback and evaluation from a jury of teachers. Successful completion of the Exhibition requires students to work independently, develop a thesis, think creatively, research complex topics, synthesize information from a variety of sources, and present confidently to an audience of faculty and peers.  For more information, please contact Maria Piasecki at: mpiasecki@sharonacademy.net

Parent Night for 9th & 10th grade parents and students:
 Join Ellen Bagnato, TSA’s Director of College and Career Advising for Division II Parent Night at 6:30pm on Thursday March 16. We will:
  • Identify what TSA does to encourage students to think about life after TSA.
  • Identify how parents can help their student prepare for life after high school.
We look forward to seeing you!
Math Day at TSA HS: On Wednesday, March 15th, TSA Teachers Chad Behre and Sandy Thorne will be hosting a school-wide math day to coincide with the UVM Prize Math competition. Students will rotate between three stations of different math activities. The schedule will look as follows:
8:30am-9:30am Activity Station One


9:45am-10:45am Activity Station Two


11:00am:-12:00pm activity Station Three

The three activities will be:

  • ART BASED – coloring books + tangrams, other art options, penrose tiles, etc
  • ENGINEERING COMPETITION – paper airplanes – in gym
  • A GAME/ A LOGIC PUZZLE – collection of logic puzzles

Senior Taite Clark of Sharon traveled to Barre on Wednesday, March 8 to participate in the state semi-finals for Poetry Out Loud.
He earned this chance by winning our local contest held back in January. He was accompanied by fellow students 12th grader Kaelan Heston and 10th grader Hailley Swett, both of whom had also competed at the local contest.  This was Taite’s second time making it to the semi-finals. Last year, Taite was one of the semi-final winners, and competed with nine other students from around the state to earn the chance to go to Washington D.C. to the national finals. Well, he’s going again!  Taite was named as one of the five finalists from the Region I semi-finals. To give this accomplishments its significance, over 5000 Vermont students competed in Poetry Out Loud this year. Taite will appear in the finals on Thursday, March 16 at the Vermont ETV studios in Colchester!  There will be a live stream of the competition, and then the whole show will be aired again at a date to be announced.


Vermont Technical College is excited to announce their upcoming Try a Major Day (TAMD) at the Randolph Campus for high school sophomores and juniors on Friday, May 5th. This gives students a chance to experience, first-hand, programs leading to careers and pathways in many exciting fields. Students will participate and interact with faculty and current students in a major that they would like to “try out” for the day. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://www.vtc.edu/academics/high-school-students/try-major-day-randolph-center-campus


10th and 11th graders can  study a wide variety of courses at UVM this summer! Online courses allow students to learn according to their busy schedule. On-campus courses are offered throughout the day and evening; allowing students to work as well as participate in amazing learning opportunities. Many courses have small class sizes during the summer which is perfect for interacting with faculty.
Course credits are transferable within UVM and other institutions.

Summer Academy – High school students who have completed tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade can explore an introduction to health and medicine course and:

  • Earn 3 UVM college credits, getting a head start on their college career.
  • Gain a great understanding of what college life is like first-hand.
  • Participate in academically-based extracurricular activities: workshops on social justice issues, presentations about college admissions, and listen to current UVM student panels.
  • Spend two weeks on one of the best college campuses in New England: program dates July 9-August 4. (Program is on campus and online)
  • Students will receive a 50% savings on academic year tuition!

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://learn.uvm.edu/


Free College Planning With VSAC. High school juniors, sophomores & parents — Attend College Pathways 2017www.vsac.org/CP17 for free college planning workshops that cover the admissions process, where to find money for college, how to find a school that matches your needs and budget, and more. Choose from three dates on three different Vermont college campuses. It’s all free.
March 18, Saint Michael’s College, 9:00am – 1:30pm
April 1 at Castleton University, Castleton, 9:00am – 12:30pm
April 29 at Johnson State College, Johnson, 9:00am – 12:30pm
For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://www.vsac.org/college-pathways


The Central Vermont College Fair will be held on  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 9:30AM-11:30AM at  Vermont Tech in the SHAPE gymnasium. Approximately 100 colleges are expected to participate. Families of 11th grade students should consider attending. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net



Scholarship and College Info

Students and parents are encouraged to check out this website, sponsored by Discover, to learn about scholarship opportunities as well as information on saving for and paying for college.https://www.collegecovered.com/paying-for-school/


Parents and students consider this resource to find scholarships for college:

Explore College and Career Options with Vermont Tech.
 Vermont Tech has a number of upcoming events for sophomores, juniors and seniors to check out all they offer:
VAST Info Session at Randolph                   March 14
VAST Info Session at Williston                    March 15
Explore Engineering Technology Night     March 16
Randolph Campus Spring Open House     April 22
Williston Campus Spring Open House      April 29
Randolph Try a Major Day                           May 5
For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://www.vtc.edu/admissions-aid/tours-events

Luna Moore Scholarship for Seniors:
The Community Club of East Barnard is proud to announce that Luna Moore Scholarships are available to high school seniors who live in the Broad Brook watershed and plan to further their education. “Further Education” is broadly defined to include certified training programs, trade schools and two and four year colleges. 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 also eligible for scholarships. Annual scholarship grants will be $500 each with no more than three grants being given each year. The choice of recipients shall be made by a vote of the scholarship trustees on the basis of scholarship, character, and financial need. Grants will be payable for the second semester. To apply for the scholarship, 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 April 30. Selected applicants will be notified by mail by the end of May. All applications should be sent to:
Paige Gibbs
828 Walker Hill Road
South Royalton, VT 05068


Write an Essay and Win $1000 Scholarship: The New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) invites high school juniors and seniors to submit an essay for NEACAC’s annual essay contest. TSA juniors and seniors are invited to submit a 500 word essay on the following topic: Describe a counselor, teacher, or coach who has had the greatest influence on your decision to attend college. How has this individual impacted your future? What will you do in college or beyond that will make a difference in your community? A winner from each of the six New England States will be chose to receive a $1000 scholarship. Essays must be submitted by April 8, 2017.
More information and the contest application can be found online at: http://www.neacac.org/essay-contest-information-application


The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund offers renewable, four year scholarships to students with financial need who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others, a strong work ethic, grit and passion for overcoming obstacles and/or achieving future goals and leadership qualities. In 2016, 136 scholarship were awarded ranging from $3000 – $16000 annually. Complete information and eligibility requirements can be found at www.phillips-scholarship.org  There are two deadlines for this scholarship:
The early response option for high school students allows recipients to make their college decisions with the benefit of more complete financial information. The first 300 applications received by April 3rd will be considered. Students will be notified before the May 1st common reply date if they have been awarded a scholarship, deferred to regular application pool or not awarded a scholarship. The regular application deadline is noon on May 1, 2017.


Scholarship for students pursuing a career in Nursing or Allied Health:  The Auxiliary of Gifford Medical Center is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to area students pursuing a career in Nursing or in the fields of allied health. These scholarships are available to graduating senior students residing int eh towns served by Gifford Medical Center: Barnard, Bethel, Braintree, Brookfield, Chelsea, Granville, Hancock, Northfield, Pittsfield, Randolph, Rochester, Roxbury, Royalton, Sharon, Stockbridge, Strafford, Tunbridge, Vershire, Washington, Williamstown, and Woodstock. Applications with two letters of reference and a self-essay should be mailed by May 12, 2017. Decisions will be made in June. Applications should be mailed to:
GMC Auxiliary
Attn: Scholarship Comm.
POI Box 95
Randolph, VT 05060



Four $1000.00 scholarships are available to TSA students through Heritage Family Credit Union.  You do not need to be a member of the credit union to qualify for a scholarship. The deadline is 5:00 pm on April 28, 2017. Don’t delay. For more information, visit:  https://www.hfcuvt.com/Personal/Youth-Accounts/scholarships


Host a Summer Blood Drive and Be Eligible for a Scholarship: The Red Cross is hosts a Leaders Save Lives Scholarship program. For more information on how to host a blood drive and be eligible for a college scholarship, check out this website:




Community Service

Changing Perspectives: Community Day, Tuesday March 28th, 8:30am – 11:30am.
Working with TSA alum Sam Drazin, students will be running a station where they will be teaching Sharon Elementary students (about 8 students at a time) about a disability for roughly 10 minutes. This is part of a multi-week curriculum implemented with the goals of “help[ing] students understand what it is truly like to live with a disability. Events usually consist of a combination of guest speakers and simulation activities.” (cpne.org)  Students will miss E, F, and D blocks that day.  For more information, please visit http://cpne.org


Community Events

The Hartland Prom is coming! Join us for our annual Hartland Community Prom on March 18 from 7-10pm at Damon Hall.
Tunes by Jaxon Morgan. $10 per person, $25 max per family. All ages welcome, strongly encourage parents to attend with your children (it’s fun for everyone!) Dress up, dress down, wear whatever makes you happy! This is a fundraiser for the First Universalist Society of Hartland. We respect the worth and dignity of all people, and are a welcoming congregation. Hope to see you there!


ArtisTree in Pomfret is a non-profit committed to making creative expression and its appreciation accessible to our community.  They have many wonderful programs coming up in March.  Check them out at: http://www.artistreevt.org/


Bethel University is a unique community pop-up university in Bethel, Vermont. During the month of March each year, anyone can teach courses on any topic under the sun. Take a class – meet new friends, learn new things, and discover all that Bethel has to offer. Classes range from Intro to Wilderness Medicine to Argentine Tango.  Get out and learn something! For more information, visit https://betheluniversityvt.org/


Luna Skeet Browning (graduated from TSA last year) is selling:
a High Sierra Swerve Backpack for $35 (originally $100) and a Yak Pak Messenger Bag for $20.  Please contact Luna at lskeetbrowning@gmail.com if you are interested.