TSA Newsletter, March 17th, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

March 2017

Fri 17 Middle School end of Trimester
Mon 20 Junior Exhibition Presentation Day – See HS News for more information and schedule.
Tues 21 Parent Support Group Meeting at TSA!  Screens and Teens: 5:30pm – 6:30pm, TSA HS, Moore Hall (The Pit)
Wed 22 One-Act Play Performance at 6:30 at TSA HS
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.


Please see Middle School Section for important updates about the circus, including important schedule changes.


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




Our 5th Annual Free Family Arts Day was a HUGE success! TSA hosted our largest crowd for Arts Day yet – over 200 people from 20 Upper Valley towns took part in our Art Workshops. The joy in the high school building was palpable, and families could not believe the amazing quality of the workshops. Thank you for spreading the word about this day. It truly makes a difference. Special thanks to our Artists for donating their time and talent, and to the students and parents who volunteered to help. To see photos from the day, please click here:  TSA Arts Day on Facebook

A Partial List of MS Circus Thank You’s (More Coming Next Week)
  • Thank you to Donna Foster, Dave Holmes and Michelle Warren for picking up large quantities of cardboard for the middle school circus!
  • Thank you to Scott Shirley for donating 33 boxes for our circus costumes!
  • Thank you to Brown’s Furniture, in Lebanon, for donating large furniture boxes! These are used to create our circus carnival games and sets!
Taite Clarke ’17 competed in the Poetry Out Loud competition this evening against 4 other finalists from Burlington HIgh School, Mt. Mansfield, Spaulding, Northfield, and St. Johnsbury Academy.  Thanks for representing TSA Taite!  For more information:

The Sharon Academy was honored to host educators from the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) this week.
Our guests visited with students and staff, toured the HS, lunched on Cynthia’s wonderful homemade chicken dish, visited the MS to learn about our circus with Troy Wunderle which had just begun, and left us with gifts including a traditional Kyrgyz hat presented to Michael. It was a learning experience for all to communicate with our Russian speaking visitors through interpreters. Overall, it was a wonderful exchange of educational ideas and philosophies. We discovered that while their educational system tends to be more traditional, we have much in common. This was particularly true concerning the rural nature of each of our school systems in Vermont and in Kyrgyzstan. But most importantly, we share the use of Yurts! These are common in their traditionally nomadic country.

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

One-Act Play Performance Next Wednesday, March 22nd!
 Join in the fun as this year’s cast for the one-act play “Cut”, by Edward Monk, gives their first public performance of their work next Wednesday evening at 6:30 at TSA. The play is a comedy, and features a cast of 14! As is our tradition, we’ll follow the performance with a discussion about the performance, providing feedback for the cast as they prepare to perform at the one-act play festival in Springfield on Saturday, March 25, where we’ll perform at 10:30 AM. This performance is also open to the public. This year’s production is directed by 12th grader Trabyn Fisk, with assistance from Charlie McMeekin. With a number of our “veteran” one-acters traipsing around Mexico with Mary Newman, a number of fresh new faces are featured in this year’s show! For more information, please contact Charlie McMeekin at cmcmeekin@sharonacademy.net

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

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

Special Winter Sports Wrap Up – Part 1

Sports were alive and well at TSA this winter.  We had 50 students participate on our Ski and Ride Program at Suicide Six.  We have terrific athletes on our winter TSA teams:

11 girls on the TSA Varsity Girls Basketball Team
8 boys on the TSA JV Boys Basketball Team
10 boys on the TSA Varsity Boys Basketball Team
8 girls on the TSA MS Girls Basketball Team
11 boys and  girls on the TSA Indoor Track Team
5 boys and girls on our TSA MS Climbing Team

In addition, we also had 16 TSA Students that participated in sports that were not directly held at TSA this winter:

Jack DiGuiseppe ’18 – 802 Lacrosse Club Team in Burlington, VT

Caleb Eastman ’18 – Pioneer Archery in Dumbardton, NH

Cross Country Skiing
Sami Husain ’19 – Woodstock Ski Runners

Chase Conway ’22 for Woodstock
Margot Frost ’22 for Hanover
Tom Bissaillon ’21 for Woodstock U14
Rory Livingston ’20 – Woodstock U16
Ritchie Morrill ’17 for Hartford HS

Horseback Riding
Georgia Quackenbos ’20
Lowry Newswanger ’20
Hadley Greene ’18
Zea Palthey ’17

Swim Team
Cedar Souligny ’22 for UVAC
Cassidy Lewis ’20 for UVAC

Laura Shands ’21
Nikki Harrington ‘20

Indoor Soccer
Daniel Henderson ’22


Special Winter Sports Wrap Up – Part 2 – Coming Next Week with highlights of some of the accomplishments and accolades of our athletes.


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 – Circus Update

Costumes and Props:
Each student is responsible for getting together his/her own costume. A list of desired costume items will be provided. Please watch for this information and help us gather needed items.

Costumes as of Friday, March 17th:

Each student needs: black pants, solid colored top

Looking for costumes/props: 
chef costumes
chef hats
Vaudeville clothing
top hats
ballet outfits
leather coats
racing helmets
race shirts
stilt pants

Poster Publicity:
Students will soon be given circus posters to distribute in various locations. Again, your assistance is requested and most appreciated.

Scheduling Information – Many Changes  – Please Read:

Monday, March 20th – The school day will end at 4:15PM in order to accommodate additional circus prep. 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.

Tuesday, March 21st – The school day will end at 4:15PM in order to accommodate additional circus prep. 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.

Wednesday, March 22nd –  The school day will end at the normal dismissal time of 1:00PM. We do need student volunteers to stay after school to help set up bleachers and tarps in the high school.  We will finish by 3:15.  This will count as 2 hours of community service.

Thursday, March 23rd – The school day will end at 4:00PM in order to accommodate additional circus prep. Apologies to those who cannot make it or need to pick up their student early, we understand and again, they will not be penalized in any way. Students should be dropped off at the regular time at the middle school but picked up at the high school at 4:00 PM.  All costumes and props on due by this day.

Friday, March 24th – This is the day of our first carnival (6:00 PM) and circus performance (7:00 PM) Students should be dropped off at the high school in the morning, regular time (by 8:15). They will stay through the day and will not go home before the circus. They will need a lunch and snacks, but not dinner.

Saturday, March 25th – This is the day of the second carnival and circus performance. Students should be at the high school by 12:00 PM. The games will start at 3:00 and the circus at 4:00. Students will need to bring a snack on this day. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY AT LEAST A HALF HOUR AFTER THE SHOW TO HELP WITH DISMANTLING AND CLEANING UP OF THE CARNIVAL GAMES. Please schedule in this extra half hour of time when arranging pick up rides for your student. Other students and parents will be staying longer for a more widespread cleanup. Those students staying longer will earn community service hours.

Monday, March 27th – Circus Recovery Day. No school for middle school students and staff.

Please send along your questions, comments, and suggestions to Andrew at alane@sharonacademy.net or Catherine at cfarrington@sharonacademy.net


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 the schedule of presentations click here:  Jr. Exhibition Schedule
For the topic descriptions click here:  Jr. Exhibition Topic Descriptions


The Overnight Challenge (The OC) for TSA 10th Graders – Dealing with change, adversity and risk, May 4th and 5th. The Sharon Academy firmly believes that respectfully pushing students out of their comfort zone enables them to discover strengths that they might not otherwise know they had and to admire the strengths of their classmates. Our goal is that this experience will increase their confidence in themselves and their understanding of each other. Recognizing that the 10th grade year is an “in between” year (coming after the excitement of the first year of high school and preceding the unique challenges of our junior year) we are offering an overnight, experiential “off‐campus” program to help create a sense of purpose, community, adventure and ultimately to give 10th graders something special that makes their year stand out among others. For more information, see this memo to parents of 10th Graders:
OC Memo
Or please contact Tom Canfield at tcanfield@sharonacademy.net


Apply to the ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Institute! The ACLU is now accepting applications for a week long advocacy training and leadership development seminar at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from July 29 – August 5, 2017. The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors from across the United States to participate in an advanced, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive eight-day program, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. Applications are due by Friday, April 7, and scholarships are available! For any questions or to request a code to waive the application fee, please contact summerinstitute@aclu.org


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/




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/

Free College Planning With VSAC.
 High school juniors, sophomores & parents — Attend College Pathways 2017 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

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



Alumni News

TSA Alumna’s Relay for Life Fundraising – Beth Potter of the Class of 2013, is currently in her last year at UVM. This is her fourth year participating in the event, and she would like to make it her best in terms of fundraising! In 2015, Relay raised $150 million for research grants, helped provide 316,000 rides to and from treatments, and provided 361,000 nights of free lodging at Hope Lodges across the country. Please consider donating (all you have to do is follow the link included– the event is April 7th) and help in the fight against cancer! For more information, please contact Beth Potter at egpotter@uvm.edu or visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/?fr_id=81005&pg=personal&px=35592496

2017 Alumni Events Calendar

Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00pm – TSA Alumni Wing Night at 5 Olde in South Royalton.  Hosted by TSA Alumn Zach Nugent. Join us for some reminiscing and chicken parts. Significant others are welcome! Check out the facebook page for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1242928739121020/

Saturday, April 29th – TSA’s 20th Birthday Party Gala. All alumni are welcome to come celebrate with us. Enjoy dancing to The Party Crashers, great food, cash bar and a lively auction

Sunday, April 30th – Alumni Brunch at ML’s. All alumni are welcome to come enjoy some bagels and fun with Michael Livingston at his house.  Check out the facebook page for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/765025130321552/

Thursday, May 25th – Alumni Day. Share your experiences and your wisdom about life after TSA with current students. Meet with faculty to share suggestions/feedback about TSA.


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

Revels North March 2017 Happenings:
March 18 – Revels Traditions
March 18 – Pub Sing at the Skinny Pancake
April 8 – Revels Traditions & Community Dance
May 13 & 14 – Christmas Revels Auditions
May 15 – First Rehearsal for Summer Revels
May 20 & 21 – Pancake Breakfast
For more details on these events, please visit:  http://revelsnorth.org/

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!
Vermont Tech is hosting several summer camps for middle and secondary students at their Williston and Randolph Campuses.  Get more information here:  http://www.vtc.edu/academics/summer-courses


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 and during April Vacation.  Check them out at: http://www.artistreevt.org/