TSA Newsletter, May 18, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

May 2017

Fri 19 Inservice – No School for Students
Sat 20 HS Prom – 6:30pm at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT
Thurs 25 Cafe Night at TSA HS – 6:30pm
Fri 26 MS Semi-Formal – 7pm
Mon 29 Memorial Day – No School

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




Congratulations to Laila Reimanis!
 A big round of applause for 9th grader Laila Reimanis, who played her flute superbly in the Vermont All-State Music Festival in Brattleboro last week. Preparing for both the auditions in January and the spring festival was a LOT of work but the end result was a fantastic performance. Congratulations Laila!




All School News

Notice to all students – Community Service Reporting, 40 hours for HS students and 20 hours for MS students are due by June 1st.  Anything submitted after this date will be counted for the following school year. All hours and accompanying details need to be submitted here:

The interview process for our new Middle School Science Teacher is completed.
15 applicants led to the amazing choice of Clare Smith. We are so excited to have her. We are looking forward to a seamless transition as she will be coming to observe this spring and work with staff this summer.  Clare Smith writes:  

I am delighted to join the TSA community as the Middle School Science Teacher! I look forward to living TSA’s mission by sharing my passion for inquiry-based, student-centered learning. After receiving my B.A. from Wesleyan University, I got hooked on community-oriented education at the High Mountain Institute, a semester school in Colorado, where I served as the Science Teacher Apprentice and support staff for backpacking expeditions and residential life. I then spent numerous seasons leading backpacking, service, and environmental education courses for Deer Hill Expeditions in Colorado and The Mountain Institute in West Virginia. I found my way to the Green Mountains when I taught Science, Math and Art at the Stratton Mountain School in Stratton, Vermont in 2012-2014. When I moved to the Upper Valley, I led educational summer programs at the Montshire Museum of Science and last summer, I helped launched Crossroads Academy’s first summer programs. Most recently, I completed my M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University with a concentration in the Middle Level Science Teaching Certification Program. I live in Etna, New Hampshire with my husband Marc and my dog Penny. You might find me running, biking, skiing, climbing, gardening, reading, writing or just wandering in the woods. I’m very excited to be part of TSA!

We can’t wait to start this new chapter of TSA’s history with Clare at the Middle School!


Zumba at TSA! Come ZUMBA with Sydney Hooey ’19 at The Sharon Academy High School gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Sydney is a certified ZUMBA instructor. Burn 1,000 calories in one hour. All varieties of music and all types of dances – salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, old school and music that’s hot on the radio right now. Everyone is welcome – even beginners!  Suggested donation $5. To learn more, follow YourZumba on Facebook and Instagram.


It’s Tick Time! Because of weather conditions this winter, ticks will be out in force when ticks are most active in April – September; therefore we want to advise you of what to look for with your students and yourselves. This information has been taken from the Center for Disease Control’s web site.  For Tick Prevention Guidelines, click:  HERE


TSA math and science teacher Christian Durgin will be available for tutoring beginning this summer.  If interested you can email him at ctdurgin@gmail.com




Phoenix Sports

A Message from TSA Athletic Director, Blake FabrikantDear TSA athletes and Parents: I am missing a large number of uniforms from all sports. Both soccer and basketball, girls and boys, JV and Varsity . Please turn your uniforms into me ASAP. You may leave them on the couch in Blake’s office in the gym. Thanks, Blake


NEW TSA Swag has arrived and is now on sale! Here are the current offerings:
Long sleeve T-shirt – black with white lettering $15
Hoodies – green with white lettering $30
Fleece half zip – green with white lettering (embroidered) $40
Sweat pants – tie waist with gathered legs and elastic waist with open legs – Gray $25
Winter hats – white and green stripes, pompom on top $15
Water bottles – stainless steel and insulated $15

All clothing comes small to XL, There are a few 2XL and 3XL hoodies

For more information or to purchase, please contact Kim Knoerlein at kdk13vt@gmail.com


Phoenix Sports Results:

Lyndon Ultimate Tournament: TSA Ultimate played four hot games on Saturday, May 15th and won all of them! The first game against Lyndon’s A team ended with a hard cap universe point and the last game of the day was a 13-9 win for Sharon against Spaulding, our first time beating them this season! Great job TSA and congrats on the trophy!

Phoenix JV Baseball 3, Rivendell 12. 
Tough game for the short-handed TSA JV baseball team yesterday at Rivendell. Scorching heat and only 9 players (no subs) made for some tough conditions for the Phoenix Team. But there were highlights: strong pitching from first outings by Aidan Trimble ’18 and Kian Kaufman ’18, Cal Hale ’18 sweated it out admirably behind the plate, and Aidan and Caleb Eastman ’18 had strong hitting days. In the field the Phoenix had two double plays – a record for the team.

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



Upcoming Games, Matches or Meets Next Week:

Ultimate, Away Lyndon: Tue, May 23, 4pm – 6pm

JV Baseball Home Double Header v. Brattleboro; Sat, May 20, 11am – 3pm – come out for a day of great baseball action from your JV Baseball Team!
JV Baseball Away v. Black River; Mon, May 22, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
JV Baseball Home v. Blue Mountain; Thu, May 25, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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

The entire Middle School was at High 5 this week! Check out pictures here on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSharonAcademy/


End of school year MIDDLE SCHOOL dates to remember:
•       May 19th – No school. High Five recovery day/Teacher In-Service
•       May 26th – Middle School Semi-Formal at the Royalton Academy   6:30 – 10:00
•       May 29th  – No school. Memorial day
•       June 8th – Quarter Century Club Breakfast (Language Arts)
•       June 8th – Middle School Science Fair in the evening (6:30 – 8:30)
•       June 15th  – Eighth Grade Class Trip.  Seventh grade has regular school day.
•       June 16th  –  Last day of school, Field Day and Barbecue, End of 3rd Trimester. Dismissal is at 2:00.
•       June 16th  –  Middle School graduation celebration 6:30 – 9:00.  All students attend.


MS Graduation is coming up! Friday June 16, 2017, 6:30-9:30 PM. The Sharon Academy Middle School Graduation Ceremony has been intentionally designed to support the goals of our mission. Students are publicly recognized for their strengths, thanked for their efforts, and honored for the transformation they have undergone during their middle school years. All eighth grade students are required to speak and are expected to reflect on their own personal growth, and to appreciate the supporting role that others have played in their lives. Additionally, the Graduation Ceremony provides a forum for the 7th and 8th grade to perform the choral work that they have been practicing for the prior ten weeks. We recognize that the ceremony is long, and while we have trimmed the ceremony a bit from recent years, we have consciously decided to continue our tradition of having each student speak and to have their advisor speak about them. We ask that family members come with the understanding that our graduation program is an integral part of our curriculum. Please help us to support our students in this important transition to high school.

  • All students are expected to attend this event on June 16th from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.
  • Both the seventh and eighth grade will perform a choral program.
  • Each eighth grade student will give a short speech. Students will have time at school to write their speech. They should also be writing and practicing  their speech at home. We will begin the speech writing process at the end of May.
  • Students are expected to dress slightly more formally than casual school.
  • Please consider bringing a bottle of water and a snack to make your evening more comfortable. There will also be some refreshments available during the ceremony. Dessert will be served following the ceremony.



High School News

HS Prom 2017! Volunteers and food donations requested.
The Masquerade Ball themed prom is this Saturday! Prom planners have been busily organizing the details of the event, and are currently seeking volunteers for set-up and clean-up, as well as donations of snacks and costume accessories for the much adored “Photo Booth”.

Please take a moment to look at our sign-up list here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49acaa2ca3fd0-2017
No donation is too small!

See you at the prom on Saturday, May 20th, 6:30 – 11:00pm!

For more information, please contact Anna Riley at ariley@sharonacademy.net or visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49acaa2ca3fd0-2017


Workshop for Girls with Cindy Pierce and Kevin Corneau: Finding Center: Integrating Your Power in Today’s World (For girls 16 and up), May 15, 2017  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Open Door Studio, 18  North Main Street, White River Junction, VT.  This workshop, taught by Cindy Pierce and Kevin Comeau, will blend two approaches to awareness and empowerment for young women. Cindy’s aim is to inspire women to intentionally seek a stronger sense of who we are. By tuning into and following their Inner Compass, women can increase our chances of surrounding ourselves with supportive friends who make up our Healthy Crew. Practicing Social Courage requires speaking up even when it is awkward and to be clear about our boundaries. Paying more attention to their tendencies to engage in and sometimes to depend on busy-ness to avoid taking care of themrselves is worth examining. Staying strong in their values and beliefs can be challenging, but the freedom of being our true selves leads to more clarity and conviction. Kevin’s approach to women’s self defense centers on agency. Women have the right to determine their own course in life. Men and women alike deserve healthy and fulfilling lives; when that experience is threatened, how can we best respond to neutralize that threat. Studying self defense provides the opportunity to embody this sense of agency by tapping into women’s power and expressing that power in an integrated way. While men typically have more muscular strength, women can access great power by combining their mental and physical strength with an intelligent approach to conflict. Kevin will demonstrate practical ways in which women can utilize their strength, along with leverage, precision, and passion, to establish and maintain safe and healthy boundaries for their bodies, and by extension, their spirits. The women who participate in this workshop will leave with an enhanced sense of their own individual and communal power, with more tools to navigate a challenging but exciting world. Cost: $25
Contact: 904-626-5284, opendoorwrj@gmail.com, http://www.opendoorworkshop.com
See all the colorful details on https://dailyuv.com/events/58011?utm_medium=email&utm_source=rev-pub&utm_campaign=20151201&utm_content=/events/58011


The High School’s All School Trip will be June 9th, 2017.  More details coming soon.



Scholarship and College Info

Free Workshop on Applying to Selective Colleges
, Friday, June 9; Event times: 9am-12:30pm. The annual “Applying to College” workshop sponsored by the Middlebury Admissions Office has been scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2017 of Reunion Weekend at McCardell Bicentennial Hall. High school age children and grandchildren of Middlebury alumni, faculty and staff as well as students from Vermont high schools and their parents are invited. Preference is given to juniors in high school. This program gives an overview of the general selective college application process and does not focus on Middlebury College. It runs from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. with registration beginning at 8:15 A.M. The workshop for students covers 1) The admissions process: The student’s responsibilities in owning and directing the admissions process and, 2) An admissions office’s responsibility in owning and directing the admissions process. The workshop for parents addresses 1) How to be a supportive and effective parent throughout the admissions process. Sarah Soule, Post-secondary Planning Coordinator at Middlebury Union High School and Tim Pratt ’88, Dean of Advising at Saint Paul’s School will join the parent panel and 2) a presentation and discussion of case studies of college applications. The student and parent workshops will run simultaneously. In separate sessions there will be a financial aid overview as well as a hands-on session reviewing the common application process. Following the final presentation, individual afternoon appointments can be scheduled with Student Financial Services. In addition, for any students who are interested specifically in Middlebury College, a group information session will be conducted at 1:30 P.M. and campus tours will be offered at 2:30 P.M. The required registration deadline is Tuesday, June 6, 2017. For more info and to register, please visit this website:  https://admissions.middlebury.edu/register/?id=21871efe-6684-4a86-90e8-9a659dee209c


Take a free SAT vs. ACT Combo Test and see which exam is right for you. Join Kaplan on May 20 and 21 Live Online to try both tests. Register at www.kaptest.com/practicetestweekend


Junior and Senior Students who attend TSA are eligible for 2 free dual enrollment courses while enrolled at The Sharon Academy. Dual Enrollment courses are college courses offered at a Vermont college or university. Students receive college and high school credit for these courses. Courses can be taken online or on campus. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a course in area of interest AND to gain impressive experience with college curriculum. Below is information on dual enrollment registration information at Community College Vermont. Please contact Ellen for more information. Important Dual Enrollment Deadlines: CCV’s summer term begins on May 22 and ends August 14. Interested students must complete the registration process by May 19. The fall semester begins on September 5 and ends December 18. The fall schedule is already available, so interested students are encouraged to register early (now or over the summer), rather than wait until late August. CCV Registration Process:

To register for a CCV class, students need to complete these steps:
1. Check in with their school counselor and consider their course options: https://andromeda.ccv.vsc.edu/Learn/Grid/SiteList.cfm
2. Complete the dual enrollment voucher application: http://www.vtdualenrollment.org/
3. Complete the online application to CCV: https://apply.ccv.edu/dualenroll/
4. Schedule times to speak with a CCV advisor & take the Accuplacer assessment. Students should call the CCV-Upper Valley front desk at 802-295-8822 to line these up.

Helpful Tips:

  • Students must have an approved voucher BEFORE registering for a class—this ensures the high school has approved each student’s choice and that funding is in place.
  • Students can use the following SAT or ACT scores to waive the Accuplacer, if they meet with an advisor and log into their College Board account in his/her presence:
    o NEW SAT: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing scores of 480+; Math score of 530+
    o OLD SAT: Critical Reading & Writing scores of 430+; Math score of 500+
    o ACT: English & Math scores of 22+; Reading score of 18+


Rising Sun No 7 Scholarship: Seniors who live in Royalton or Tunbridge, please consider applying to this $1000.00 scholarship. Awarding of the scholarship will be based upon need, scholarship, citizenship & community service and extracurricular activities. Applications are available from Ellen and must be posted by Monday, May 22. No essay is required though all of the following are part of the application: some short answer questions, 3 recommendation letters and a transcript. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net.


New England Institute of Technology is offering a tech camp for current high school juniors and seniors. This is an opportunity for students to participate in a week-long, hands-on technology class at New England Institute of Technology. The camp will run from Monday July 10 through Thursday July 13. There is a $75 registration fee and students have to pay for accommodations. Lunch is provided. Students may chose from the following camps:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Electrical Technology-Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology-3D Printing
  • Information Technology-Video Game Design Technology
  • Information Technology-Cyber Security
  • Electronics Systems Technology-Drones
  • Digital Media Technology-Production
  • Digital Media Technology-Audio Recording
  • Criminal Justice
  • Architectural Building Engineering Technology

Registration Deadline is May 24 and applications can be obtained from Ellen Bagnato or by contacting Erin Flynn at eflynn@neit.edu, 800-736-7744.


Public Health Summer Immersion at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: August 14 -16, 9:00am – 5:00pm; price: $150. Addressing topics from water quality and disease control to climate change and gun violence, public health professionals pave the way for a better future- and you can get a front -row seat to this dynamic field by participating in MCPHC’s Public Health Summer Immersion Program for rising juniors and seniors. Participants will:

  • Build your resume
  • Network with public health industry leaders
  • Attend dynamic breakout sessions lead by industry experts
  • Tackle challenging group work
  • Gain valuable insight into the college admission process
  • Learn how to strengthen your college application
  • Earn a certificate of completion

Application deadline is June 1. Cost is $150.00 + finding your own accommodations. For more information, please contact Admissions at admissions@mcphs.edu

Alumni News

ALUMNI DAY – NEW DATE & NEW FORMAT:  Friday, May 19th – Alumni Day.  Join us for lunch and share your experiences and your wisdom about life after TSA, as well as suggestions/feedback about TSA with faculty and staff.


Community Service

Race Around the Lake is a 5k/10k fundraising race in Barnard, VT to support youth programming at BarnArts Center for the Arts. The organizing committee needs volunteers to help on race day (May 21st). Tasks will include helping with set-up, runner registration, serving lunch, scooping ice cream, directing racers on the course.  Time commitment can be flexible but approximately 9am – 1pm.  Lunch will be provided and a free race t-shirt. In addition to volunteers we’re also glad to have more race participants!  For more information, please contact Jane Moss at jemoss@hotmail.com or visit https://runsignup.com/Race/VT/Barnard/BarnArtsRaceAroundtheLake

Calling interested volunteers for help with Strafford Creative Preschool’s first annual Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser.
  In search of enthusiastic and creative high schoolers who could help with festivities from 1-3 on Saturday, May 20: face-painting, bubble or balloon fun, arts and crafts of any kind. Or pitch another amusing and kid-friendly idea. They’d love to have you! Please contact Brooke: brookewilk@gmail.com


Community Events

Special Summer Concerts for You and Your Students!  Location: ArtisTree Community Arts Center! On Friday, June 23, 2016, Sakiko Ohashi, pianist and Maxim Kozlov, cellist will perform at 7:30PM in the ArtisTree Community Arts Center* music space. For young musicians seeking inspiration and an opportunity to hear world-class musicians up close, this is the perfect opportunity! Everyone will have an opportunity to meet Sakiko and Maxim following their performance – stay for our special reception! In addition, on Friday, July 14th, Anh Le, a pop music singer and songwriter and student at the University of Miami will perform at 7:30PM at the ArtisTree. Anh is a young musician writing and singing her songs and excited to visit Vermont for the very first time. She has quite a following in the 13 to 25 age group, but everyone is welcome! The concerts are possible due to a partnership between the ArtisTree Community Arts Center, Sweet Birch Music and The University of Miami. $10.00 at the door.  For more information, see Artistree’s web site:  http://www.artistreevt.org/


Standing Rock Sioux Leader in SoRo: David Archambault II, 45th chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, speaks at Oakes 012 at Vermont Law School (VLS), South Royalton at 3:30 PM on Fri., May 19. He emerged as a global leader for indigenous people’s rights while guiding the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline and continues to be a leading voice for tribal sovereignty in championing protection of tribal lands and natural resources. VLS will present him with an honorary degree at the commencement ceremonies on the South Royalton Green the following day (May 20) at 10 AM. For more info, click: HERE

Revels North March 2017 Happenings:
May 20 & 21 – Pancake Breakfast
For more details on these events, please visit:  http://revelsnorth.org/



TSA Help Wanted:

Cleaning Service or a person to clean TSA’s two school buildings beginning mid-June:

  • For TSA’s Middle School:  6 hours/week in the school year and as needed during the summer. This is a long-term position.
  • For TSA’s High School: 10 hours/week in the school year and as needed during the summer.  This is a substitute position that will end in October.  Job Description attached, click:  HERE

The Sharon Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For Sale:  2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan.
  85K miles. Winter package including heated seats and windshield, 4 never-used snow tires. Nice sound system.  Clean and in great shape! $7500.
Call or text 802-356-2324


Rental or caretaking situation wanted ASAP through 6/2018.  Family of three looking for rental house or apartment available June 1 or July 1. We have rented for the past 3 years in Strafford and our current rental is under contract.  We need space for 1 more year at The Sharon Academy.  We have a dog and a cat (both older + well behaved). Strafford, Sharon, Tunbridge or Hartland locations preferred. (Excellent references available.) Please call or email with any leads. Sam Greene- 603-533-5152 or greeneappraisal@gmail.com


House for Sale, Built in 2003 – Total square footage 2012 – 3 bedroom, 2 bath, southern exposure – 2.4 acres – pond – brook – indoor garage (with radiant floor heat) – ash floors – tiled bathrooms – solar hot water – gas (Buderus furnace) and wood heat – screened in porch – greenhouse – independent studio apartment with radiant floor heat (currently rented) This energy efficient home is on a well-maintained dirt road and school bus line. Sharon has school choice and is the home of the acclaimed Sharon Academy. Distance to VLS – 10 minutes, Dartmouth College, DMHC and Lebanon NH – 25 minutes.  For a calculation of how to buy this house for just $300/month – see flyer:  HERE  And for more information, contact Isabella Oehry via email at:  akashalink@aol.com