TSA Newsletter, March 24th, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

March 2017

Fri 24 HS In Service – No School – High School Only
Fri 24 Circus Performance: Carnival at 6:00pm, Circus at 7:00pm
Sat 25 Circus Performance: Carnival at 3:00pm, Circus at 4:00pm
Mon 27 No School For MS Only – Circus recovery day

April 2017

Wed 5 HS Quarter 3 Ends
Tues 11 Screens and Teens Parent Support Group Meets at the HS – 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Fri 14 HS & MS Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day – No School
Sat 15 April Break Begins – Classes Resume Mon, 4/23


Get Your Tickets Now for TSA’s “Coming of Age” Party – We are turning 21! This is one of TSA’s most wonderful annual community events. Come join the fun on April 29th from 7pm – 11pm for TSA’s Fundraising Gala!  More information, including how to buy your tickets, can be found here: Gala

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


Break A Leg!  To all those students involved in the One Act Play at TSA HS – we wish you well as you compete at Springfield Union High School on Saturday.  See HS News for the cats and crew involved and the schedule for their performance.

Please see the Winter Sports Accolades and Appreciations at the beginning of the Sports Section.

Two middle school teams participated last Saturday at the Champlain Valley Expo in the 10th annual Jr. Iron Chef competition. 
Both teams were in the morning heat with 26 additional teams competing from all over the state.  While neither team came home with a victory, both teams represented TSA proudly with beautiful displays.

One of the teams, TSA Thai Tigers included Paige Shirley ’21, Peter North ’21, Novah Conway ’21, Cedar Souligny ’22, and Margot Frost ’22.  They were coached by volunteer parent Erin Shirley O’Shaughnessy They competed with a Thai Veggie Burger topped with homemade Thai pickles. See their recipe here: Thai Veggie Burger

The other competing team, “Eat More Crepe”, included Trace Barnhart , Jack Barnhart, Leah Foster , and Ian Robertson.  This team was coached by volunteer parent Kim Robertson.  They competed by making a homemade Ricotta cheese and egg filled blueberry crepe with lemon topping. See their recipe here: Blueberry Crepe with Vermont Flare

Congratulations to both teams and thank you Erin and Kim for your volunteer help!


All School News

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


The Southern New Hampshire Robotics competition this weekend in Bedford (NH) High School.  TSA ‘s team competing includes Taite Clarke ’17, Max Farrington ’18, Meadow Shekinah ’18, Halsey Jones ’18, Carl Groppe ’19. Their robot, “Bruce”, will compete against other New England area teams.  Good luck!


The Other Side of Cannabis:  Health Connections of the Upper Valley invites Sharon residents to join us for a screen of The Other Side of Cannabis on Wednesday, March 29, from 6pm – 8pm at the North Pomfret Congregational Church. A light dinner will be provided.  This film is a must-see for parents, educators, community members, health care professionals, and more!  The documentary features Harvard researchers, neuroscientists, MD’s, and families dealing with the impact of marijuana on their lives. It covers issues such as changes in potency, how marijuana affects youth, changes in the brain, and the possibilities for recovery. Please RSVP if possible so that it is known how much food to provide.  For more information, see the event flyer here:  The Other Side of Cannabis Flyer
Please contact Cathy Hazlett to RSVP at cathy@hcuv.org or call 802-698-8325


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, April 11th
  • Tuesday, May 9th

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



Phoenix Sports

Winter Sports Accolades and Appreciations:

Congratulations to Richard Morrill ’17
for being selected to the Vermont Rotary All Star Ice Hockey Team. Richard was selected as one
of the best hockey goalies in the state, and he has earned the opportunity to play in an All Star Game at the Essex Skating Facility on Saturday, March 25th at 6:00 PM

Congratulations to Mallory Lloyd ’17 and Grace Dorman ’17
who were selected as Vermont Basketball Coaches’ Association senior all stars.  Mallory also made 1st Team All League for the Central Vermont League.

Congratulations to Harvey Kelley ’17 and Sam Knoerlein ’18
 for both making 1st Team All League in the Central Vermont League for basketball. Harvey was also selected as a VBCA Senior All Star and he is playing in the senior all star game on Saturday, March 25th at 1:00 PM at Windsor High School.  Sam has the honor of being selected to the Dream Dozen team, being recognized as one of 12 top non-senior basketball players in all of Division III and Division IV. Sam is the first male basketball player from TSA to receive this honor. He will be recognized at half time of the boy’s VBCA All Star Game in which his teammate Harvey is playing in.

Correction from last week’s newsletter:  
Sophie Roe ’18 was left off of the list of TSA equestrians. She rides 5 days per week and was the Green Mountain Horse Association Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2016 and the Central Vermont Dressage Association Junior Training Level High Point award winner for its 2016 show season!  Sorry for this omission and congratulations Sophie!


Officials Recruitment Fair at UVM (Patrick Gymnasium Lobby) on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 – 1:00. At this fair, representatives from the various officials associations will be available to talk with people who may be interested in becoming a certified official. It is an informal event where every officials association will have their informational table with representatives present to answer questions. This event is targeting specific groups of people, such as Seniors in high school and staff members who are working in schools. For more information, please see the attached:  Officials Flyer


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

ef8a28e4-f8f5-4ddd-a7a3-929b56314486You 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 – The Remaining Circus Schedule:

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.

MS Parent and Student Volunteers: please help us put the circus to bed after Saturday’s performance. This cleanup will take up to  2 hours to complete.  Students will earn 2 hours of community service. RSVP to cfarrington@sharonacademy.net

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

Break a leg: cast and crew of the TSA One Act Play!  The Cast: Meg Shirley, Kian Kaufman, Alex Olszewski, Tommi Hoyt, Lydia Bennett, Claire Jenisch, Gabriella Atkinson, Rory Livingston, Fisher Kelley, Cal Hale, Joseph Campbell, Hailey Swett, Laila Reimanis, Olly Skeet-Browning. Director: Trabyn Fisk; Lights & Sound: Emma Sawyer; Mentor: Charlie McMeekin

They will perform “Cut” by Ed Monk at Springfield Union High School on Saturday, March 25th.  Come out and support them!  Here is the schedule:

8-8:30        Registration (Breakfast Bar in cafeteria set up)
8:30-9        Cast Photos; Directors Meeting
9-9:30        Opening Ceremonies
9:30-10:30     Workshop #1/ Sharon and Springfield prep
10:30-12:30    BLOCK 1 Springfield Medea by Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia (drama) and Sharon Cut by Ed Monk (comedy)
2:30-4:30    BLOCK 2 Long Trail Elephant’s Graveyard  by George Brant (drama) and Twin Valley adaptation of Taming of the
Shrew (comedy)
6:30-8:30    BLOCK 3 South Burlington Lockdown by Douglas Craven (drama) and Thetford’s Amelia, Once More by David Muschell (drama)

Price Per Performance Block:  Students, kids, seniors, $3, Adults $5
Day Pass $5 for students and seniors, $10 for Adults
Block Family Pass: 2A 2K $10 (All Day $15)


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


Summer Camp Job Opportunity at Horizons Day Camp on Lake Fairlee for High School Students as camp counselors. Do you enjoy working with children, want to be part of a fun community on a beautiful lake, and love to be outside and active all summer? Horizons has a few positions open for Assistant Counselors (9th and 10th grade) and Lead Counselors (11th, 12th, and beyond). For more information, talk to TSA students who have and will work at Horizons:  Mallory Lloyd ’17 and Caleb Eastman ’18. Or to apply go to https://alohafoundation.org/horizons/ or call Tracey McFadden at 765-4496

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. Speakers include: EDWARD SNOWDEN, CRISTINA JIMENEZ, ANTHONY ROMERO.  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



Scholarship and College Info

Canadian College Fair April 4 at Hanover High School; Event times: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Canadian Colleges will be visiting HHS for a college fair. The first 20 minutes of the evening fair will involve a panel of representatives who will briefly describe the Canadian University experience.  Following the panel, families will have the opportunity to speak directly to the representatives from the Canadian schools who will be set up at individual tables in the atrium.

Bishop’s University
Stefanie Mclean
Carleton University
Concordia University
Dalhousie University
McMaster University
Mt. Allison University
Ryerson University
St. Mary’s University
St. Thomas University
University of Guelph
University of New Brunswick
University of Ottawa
University of Prince Edward Island
University of Waterloo

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net

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.
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

Sharon Masonic Lodge Scholarship:  For over a decade, the members of Sharon Lodge #105, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Vermont, have presented two scholarships toward further education to graduating high school seniors, residing in the Town of Sharon, Vermont. A recent change in the award criteria will also include relatives of members of Sharon Lodge #105, in good standing regardless of their place of residence.  The scholarship winners should exemplify the qualities of good moral character, leadership, community service, patriotism and versatility, while still maintaining an average or above average scholastic performance level. The award winners are determined on the information obtained through the application process.  Scholarships in the amount of $500 will be given to the award winners AFTER they have competed their first term or semester and have indicated continuation of their college or technical program. Applications can be obtained from Ellen Bagnato. Application deadline is May 1, 2017. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net


Alumni News

TSA Alumna’s Relay for Life Fundraising – Beth Potter, 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

Healing through the Arts Day on April 9th from 2-5pm at Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon, VT. SafeArt will present its Clothesline Art Exhibit, curated by Mitch Beck, along with a reception. SafeArt founder Tracey Penfield will hold a signing and read from her new book “A Curriculum of Courage: Marking SafeArt” at 3pm. The Arts Bus’ new executive director, Sharon Trautwein, will lead poetry and art projects for all.  Seven Stars president Lindsey Warren will lead a song learning session at 4pm for “Quiet,” a song that became popular at the Women’s March. This song is about finding strength and speaking out to create healing through harmony.  All genders and ages are welcome to attend.  The community is invited honor April as poetry and violence awareness month through creativity, community, and healing with art.   Suggested donation $5.  More information at www.sevenstarsarts.org
Or see the event flyer here:   Healing Through the Arts Flyer

Revels North March 2017 Happenings:

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/

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/



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