TSA Newsletter, March 3rd, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

March 2017

Sun 5 Arts Day – 12pm – 4pm – More details below.
Wed 8 Note The School Schedule Change:  School end time for Wednesdays returns to 12:55pm today.  No ski and ride program to Suicide 6 today.  See All School News Below
Mon 13 Middle School Circus Interim begins!
Fri 17 Middle School end of Trimester
Mon 20 Junior Exhibition Presentation Day
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 6:00, Circus at 7:00
Sat 25 Circus Performance: Carnival at 3:00, Circus at 4:00

Save the date: April 29th is TSA’s 21st Birthday Gala! Help TSA celebrate “Coming of Age”.  Much more information information will 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




Tom Bissaillon, 8th Grader from The Sharon Academy Middle School, has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee! The Vermont State Bee will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017. One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 14-18 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Congratulations Tom! Way to represent TSA!

Nikki Harrington ’20 qualified for States in gymnastics.  She placed fourth on the beam and fifth on vault, gaining her eighth in the all-around with a score of 35.5 out of 40.  She only needed a 32 to qualify for states!  Congratulations Nikki, and good luck!

Richie Morrill ’17 has been invited to play in the State of Vermont Rotary Ice Hockey game in Essex later this month.  This is quite an honor – only chosen seniors play. Congratulations Richie!

Abby Levy ’17 received recognition in the AVA’s 9th Annual Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition Show! There were 16 schools participating and 147 students total and Abby received an Honorable mention for mixed media! The exhibit is open thru March 10th. Go check out Abby’s art work and the art from 9 other TSA students.

Thank you to the many parents who attended our first “Screens & Teens” meeting.  This parent workshop was one of our best ever attended. Great discussions!  For more information about upcoming meetings see All School News below.


All School News

Please Note The Change in Schedule:  
TSA’s Ski and Ride Program ended this Wednesday, Suicide 6 will be closed next Wednesday.  This means that the school day on Wednesday’s will return to 8:15am to 12:55pm.


Free Family Arts Day at TSA:  This Sunday, March 5th, join The Sharon Academy for our Free Family Arts Day – perfect for all ages.  From noon – 4:00, TSA will host talented local artists leading free interactive workshops.  All workshops are open to the public. Snacks will be available for purchase. Please invite your friends to this incredibly popular event. For more information, please visit sharonacademy.org/arts-day

The Circus is Coming!
 The Sharon Academy (TSA) Middle School Circus is back for another two performances filled with family-friendly, rollicking good fun! For the eleventh consecutive year, TSA middle school students will be performing their hilarious, student-created circus that consistently draws huge crowds.  The shows are once again under the direction of Troy Wunderle, Big Top Tour Artistic Director of Circus Smirkus and the Director of Clowning for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival – a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children.  Remember to invite your friends!

Both performances will be held at The Sharon Academy High School on Route 14 in Sharon:
•       Friday, March 24th, Carnival starts at 6:00 pm, Circus starts at 7:00 pm.
•       Saturday, March 25th, 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.

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


Host a teen from the Basque Region next summer: The Basque Program is looking for families to host a student from Spain for three weeks in the summer.  For more information, please contact Laura Bradley, beetlecat4@gmail.com.

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 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!

New 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

Save The Date – Upper Valley Women’s Basketball League Tournament, 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. Also, it would be great if 1-2 people could help organize volunteers and food items. More details to come as the time gets closer. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kim Knoerlein at kdk13vt@gmail.com

Game Results

TSA Varsity Girls:

TSA 35, Chelsea 39:
 Sat, February 25, From The Valley News: SHARON — The Phoenix lost a heartbreaker following an explosive fourth quarter by both teams. Neither offense was able to find a groove until the fourth quarter when Chelsea outscored Sharon 19-15 to secure the victory. The Phoenix (7-10) remain in position to secure a home game in the Vermont D-IV playoffs with a strong close to the regular season this week, starting with a visit to Mid Vermont Christian on Tuesday night. Grace Dorman led Sharon with 13 points. Mallory Lloyd added nine points and Eliza Masteller had seven. “They just made a couple more plays than we did,” Sharon coach Gregg Nalette said. “It was a great effort by our girls. I’m really proud of how far we’ve come to get in a good position here. To get a home playoff game would be pretty cool for this group.”

TSA 52, Trinity Baptist 38: Fri, February 24, From The Valley News: The Phoenix won for the sixth time in eight games. Jocelyn Johnson scored 16 points and Grace Dorman had 14 for the Phoenix (79), which is right back at it tonight against Chelsea.

TSA 35, Cabot 33: Tue, February 21, From The Valley News: SHARON — Grace Dorman put back her own miss at the buzzer to lift the Phoenix (6-9). Cabot tied the game with 10 seconds to go on a 3-pointer from Taylor Abbott. Sharon called time and devised a play designed for Dorman, a senior forward whose initial shot clanged off the rim. She gathered the miss with her ninth rebound and scored as the horn sounded. It’s the second straight close victory for the Phoenix, which knocked off Mid Vermont on Friday. “We’ve been playing real well this month,” said Sharon coach Gregg Nalette. “We’re 5-2 (since Jan. 30) and one of those losses was in double overtime.”

TSA 45, Mid VT 44: Fri, February 17, From The Valley News: The Phoenix’ offense responded by doing just enough to stay ahead, hitting their free throws late in the fourth quarter to hold on to a 45-44 victory. Jocelyn Johnson led the way with 14 points for Sharon (5-9). Grace Dorman had 12 points and Eliza Masteller eight.

TSA Varsity Boys:

Latest News Update:  Last Night, the #9 seeded TSA Varsity Boys won their 1st Round playoff game against #8 seeded West Rutland by a score of 59-45!

TSA 62, Websterville
45: Thu, February 23, From The Valley News: Front court-focused Sharon completed a 13-7 regular season with Thursday’s win, but will likely hit the road to start the VPA Division IV tournament next week. Senior Harvey Kelley had “the best game I’ve ever seen him play in his three varsity seasons,” TSA coach Blake Fabrikant said. Kelley used his final regular-season home game to net a career-high 27 points, adding 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals without a turnover. “He’s a tremendous competitor,” Fabrikant added. “We’re going to miss him. I couldn’t be more proud of him.” Sam Knoerlein contributed 11 points and Fisher Kelley finished with nine for the Phoenix, which should land the ninth seed in D-IV.

TSA 56, Cabot 23: Tue, February 21, From The Valley News:  SHARON — Fisher Kelley and Harvey Kelley scored 16 points each as Sharon (12-7) won for the fifth time in six games. “It was one of our better performances of the season,” said Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant. “We started off sluggish, which seems to be our trademark, but then we went on a 25-3 run.” Six-foot-four senior Cordell Benjamin swished his first career 3-point attempt late in the game. “He looked and me and said, ‘Can I shoot it?’ ” Fabrikant recalled. “I said, ‘Go for it’ and he nailed it.”

TSA 48, Mid Vt 25: Fri, February 17, From The Valley News: The Phoenix (11-7) built a 27-8 lead at halftime in cruising over the Eagles (2-14). Harvey Kelley led Sharon with 19 points. Sam Knoerlein added 14 points. Josh King had 15 to pace MVCS.

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


Upcoming Game Schedule

Varsity Girls Senior Game
Home v. Blue Mountain : Saturday, March 4th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm – This the last regular game of the season game of the basketball season and the Varsity Girls Senior Game.  Come out and show your appreciation for our Senior Girls!


The #9 seeded TSA Varsity Boys will face #1 seeded Twinfield tonight, Friday, 3/3 at 7:00 PM at Twinfield Union High School for their quarterfinal game. Our boys have a tough task taking on a formidable Twinfield team, so they need all the support they can get.

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!


Phoenix Sports Local Business Savings Card are now half price!  Get your card for just $10With this card you get great discounts and deals at local businesses from Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.  Purchase yours from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at: kdk13vt@gmail.com

Middle School News

TSA MS Academic News of the week:

Language Arts: Next week in LA we will continue our Student-led literary circle books and finish up before the circus begins. We’re wrapping up all of our trimester 2 assignments and working on basic skills we will need for our next unit: Short Story writing.

Social Studies: Students should have finished their paper outline by today. Rough drafts are due on Friday, 3/10. Students are encouraged to turn in their rough draft early, if possible, so they can get a head start on making revisions for their final draft. The assignment description can be found here:  Assignment Description

Science: Next week in science there will be a chemical reactions lab due at the beginning of the week.  We will then begin reviewing for the upcoming unit test which will likely take place on Monday the 13th.

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 3:15 to 5:15 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

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:
8:30-9:30 Activity Station One


9:45-10:45 Activity Station Two


11:00:-12:00 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


High School Students, Make This Summer Memorable – The deadline to apply for a summer position at Governors Institute Vermont is March 15. Students still have plenty of time to apply for a coveted spot in one of 11 different summer workshops. Most workshops take place in late June/early July and are a fantastic opportunity to become more engaged in a topic of interest and make connections with other Vermont high school students who have the same interest. The cost of GIV is very affordable. TSA typically has 3-10 students participate in summer GIV but so far, no students have started their applications.  It is important to note that GIV is not an exclusive club that only accepts students based on academic achievement.  Rather, it is a way for students to explore an interest. Please check out giv.org for more information and to start an application.  You may also talk to Ellen for more information.

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

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/


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:


Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission Scholarship: The governing board of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission believes our region’s future is enhanced by both wise and forward-looking stewardship of the land, natural resources, and public institutions, and also through thoughtful investment in the next generation. To this end, the Regional Commission has authorized establishment of an annual TRORC Scholarship Program to encourage and recognize high school students pursuing career and life choices consistent with the vision and values of vibrant and sustainable communities, as articulated in our regularly updated Regional Plan. Up to six (6) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The Regional Commission strongly believes that academic performance should be one of many factors in awarding scholarships and will also consider a student’s record in the following areas:

•       participation in community service-oriented activities;
•       engagement with civic institutions;
•       demonstrated leadership skills;
•       demonstrated innovative thinking and problem solving
•       demonstrated entrepreneurship and resourcefulness; and
•       the need for financial assistance including reasonable assurance that the student will be able to obtain sufficient financing to complete the program.

For more information on eligibility, deadlines, and how to apply, please contact Dee Gish at 802-457- 3188 or visit http://www.trorc.org/.


The George Coleman Scholarship:  Each year, the New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers awards scholarships to three high school graduates who will be enrolling in a NEACRAO member institution for the fall semester of that year. Each high school graduate who is selected is awarded $2,000*. Applicants should demonstrate the potential  to succeed in a post-secondary academic environment and have a GPA of 3.00 (based on a 4.0 system—or its otherwise equivalent). All TSA applicants should contact Ellen BEFORE the deadline of March 15 so that she can nominate them for the scholarship.  Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2017. Please check the NEACRAO website to confirm if the school you hope to go to is a member institution.For more information, please contact Ari Kaufman at akaufman@berklee.edu) or visit https://neacrao.org/about/scholarship-information/.


Science and Engineering Apprenticeship for Juniors at CRREL: The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) is proud to sponsor the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) to provide a unique opportunity to area high-school JUNIORS with an aptitude for math and science. Students work on a one-to-one basis with a CRREL scientist or engineer who acts as a mentor. Students learn techniques for dealing with scientific and engineering problems and may have the opportunity to use highly sophisticated equipment. During the summer the students gain valuable on-the-job experience and information to help them make important career choices. Each student presents a poster at an end-of-summer poster session, summarizing his or her project. If interested, students may work part-time during the school year and may be eligible to remain temporarily employed with CRREL throughout their undergraduate degree program. In the past, approximately 90% of our apprentices have remained in the science or engineering fields.  Apprenticeships take place at CRREL, 72 Lyme Road, Hanover, New Hampshire.


– Students must be a high school JUNIOR with an interest in the science and engineering disciplines
– Students must be a US citizen
– Students must be at least 16 years of age
– Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the worksite
– Note: Three applications will be accepted from each school.

Application packages must include: Students are selected on the basis of aptitude, grades, science and math courses taken, teacher and/or guidance counselor recommendation, hobbies and areas of interest, and the interview.

– SEAP application form
– Signed recommendation form from teacher and/or guidance counselor (fillable form attached)
– Copy of current high school transcript
– Only completed applications will be considered and will need to be submitted via e-mail to Linda.K.Castro@usace.army.mil

Timeline: Deadline to Apply is March 17.

March 17, 2017 – Applications due (incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered)
– April 2017 – Student interviews
– End April 2017 – Final selections
– May 2017 – Selected students prepare and submit paperwork in preparation for participation
– June 2017 – Apprenticeship begins

Please notify Ellen Bagnato if you plan to apply or if you have questions.  For more information, please contact Linda Castro at (603) 646-4531 or visit http://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/locations/crrel.aspx


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.


Sharon Rentals:

  • One bedroom apartment in quiet country setting. Includes heat, electricity, trash, lawn care and snow removal. No pets and no smoking.  $900 per month. Available immediately. Call 802-763-7916
  • Large two bedroom apartment in a quiet country setting. Includes heat, electricity, trash, snow removal and lawn care. No pets and no smoking. $1,000 per month. Available immediately. Call 802-763-7916
  • Mobile home available to rent. $800 a month. Located on route 14. First month and security required.  For more information, please contact Robbin Conway at conway4321@gmail.com


Math Tutor available for all classes and standardized exams: Marc Formichella is a mathematics PhD who can tutor you or your child for any middle school, high school, or college math course, or for any standardized exam.  He says: “Math is a lifelong passion of mine, and I have extensive experience teaching and tutoring. It is always my goal to have my students gain a solid understanding of the math (understand what is being asked, have the ability to solve, be able to interpret results), and then to move on to solving quicker and more efficiently if that is warranted. Tricks and shortcuts are often valuable for exams, but beginning with even a basic understanding of the material will lift a tremendous weight and stress off of the student.”  He has had experience teaching all ages from 10-adult, as well as all levels of ability. For more information, please contact Marc Formichella, cell: 720-352-5240, email: <formichella.marc@gmail.com>

Building Lots in Sharon for Sale:
Two surveyed building lots for sale within walking distance of TSA high school. Ideal location off Rte 14 on White Brook Rd, virtually adjacent to TSA high school property on a quiet, dead-end street that is well-maintained by the Town. Parcels link to many miles of beautiful walking, skiing and snowmobiling trails. Lots are 1.5 and 1.6 acres respectively, ready-to-build with all permits on file with the town, including septic designs and state permits.  One lot has the driveway already installed nearly to the homesite, the other has a driveway permit on file with the Town of Sharon. $30,000 each obo. Serious  inquiries only please! For more information, please contact Miriam at sharonlotsforsale@gmail.com and see the attached PDF with a map of the sites:  Map