TSA Newsletter, May 26th, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

May 2017

Fri 26 MS Semi-Formal – 7pm
Mon 29 Memorial Day – No School

June 2017

Thurs 8 MS Science Fair – 6:30pm
Fri 9 HS All School Field Trip to Burlington
Fri 9 HS Final Marking Period Ends
Mon 12 HS Exam Review Day
Tues – Thurs 13-15 HS Final Exams
Thurs 15 8th Grade Class Trip
Fri 16 Last Day of School – 2pm Release Time
Fri 16 8th Grade Graduation at the HS – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sun 18 HS Class of 2017 Graduation – 1pm – 4pm

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




Thank you to Amanda Lamoureux and Ellen Zaika from High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program for coming to All School meeting at the HS for a presentation about their programs and need for students seeking community service. Also,  let’s not forget a shout out to ‘Joe’ the horse who was definitely a very vocal part of the presentation! TSA Students Zea Palthey ’17 and Ben Weatherill ’20 also helped with the presentation. They volunteer at the High Horses form for a part of their community service work.


Congratulations to all of TSA’s Athletic Booster Club Scholarship Recipients. Because of all of the great support over the past several years the Athletic Booster Club was able to award scholarships, to be used for any summer athletic camps, to our MS and HS athletes.  See the sports section for the winners of each of these 12 scholarships.


Thank you to all of our HS Seniors for a very creative Thank & Prank.  The theme of this year’s prank was “Make TSA Great Again” and gifts from the class (the ‘thank’) included a ping pong table, pencil sharpeners, and a beautiful new mural coordinated by Abby Levy ’17.  Thank you seniors!


Wow! Sydney Hooey ’19 and Eliza Mastellar ’18 worked very hard to make the HS Prom fun, beautiful, and a smashing success. Thank you also to Jessica Wright (TSA Parent) for helping these young ladies advising and coordinating the effort.


TSA parent Geoff Hansen set up his ever-popular photo-booth at this year’s High School prom again this year.  See HS News for more information on how to peruse and how to get prints of these great photos. The photos look great – thank you, Geoff!


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:


Interested in hosting a student from France through the Vistas in Education program? Another group will be arriving at Logan airport on June 22 and staying for 3 weeks.  Last summer was such a success! Please consider hosting or encouraging a friend to do so. Thank you so much! For more information or to sign up, please call Madame Merideth Jackson, French Teacher at 603-443-0480 or email: brooksdr@hotmail.com or visit https://www.vistasineducation.com/hosting/4546-2/


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 Fabrikant:
Dear 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


Congratulations to all of TSA’s Athletic Booster Club Scholarship Recipients. Because of all of the great support over the past several years the Athletic Booster Club was able to award scholarships, to be used for any summer athletic camps, to our MS and HS athletes.  Below is a list of recipients.
MS soccer: Anika Eastman ‘ 21 and Jacob Ruben ’22
HS soccer: Cole Ward ’18 and Kaila Skeet-Browning ’18
MS basketball: Beth Dobrich ’21 and Aliza Aldrich ’22
HS basketball: Fisher Kelley ’19 and Eliza Masteller ’18
Track and Field: Dillon Buttner ’18
Cross country: Sophie Chestnut ’19
HS baseball: Cal Hale ’18 and Aiden Trimble ’18


Senior Parentsbuy TSA Swag for your Graduates – a lasting memory they can wear and cherish!
Everyone is invited to buy TSA Gear:
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:

The TSA Track Team competed in the Windsor Last Chance meet (meaning last chance to qualify for the State Meet) on Tuesday, 23 May.  Two personal records set included Dillon Buttner in the discus and Olly Skeet-Browning in the 800m.  Sami Husain ran his best 3000m of the year while Sophie Chesnut gave this same big run a try for the first time.  Dillon also ran the 1500m for the first time, finishing third with an impressive time of 4:45.  The team is looking forward to the culmination of our season at the State Meet on 2 June.

TSA JV Baseball 17, Blue Mountain JV 1.
  TSA’s JV Baseball Team played an excellent game against Blue Mountain HS’s JV team yesterday at home. This was some of the teams best hitting outings. Leading this effort were Kyle Hedgepeth with 4 hits, Caleb Eastman’18 with 3 hits, and 2 hits each from Kian Kaufman’18 and Tom Bissaillon 21, (including a towering ground-rule double). The team also gave an outstanding effort in the field. For the first three innings, the team retired the first three batters they faced, and they faced just 4 batters in each of the next two innings.

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:

TSA Track Team at Essex Invite; Sat, May 27, 9am – 11am

TSA JV Baseball Away, South Royalton; Tue, May 30, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
TSA JV Baseball Away, Black River; Mon, May 22, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
TSA JV Baseball Away, Conn River Academy; Thu, June 1, 4:30pm – 6:00pm


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

Middle School Academic News

MS Language Arts: Middle school students are busy finalizing their short stories this week. By the end of the year we will have a book of short stories ready, everyone will receive a copy. A reminder that all book cards for outside reading must be completed and passed in by Friday 6/2.

MS Science: This week students analyzed their data and made their graphs. They are now in the process of writing their conclusion.  Next week they will be revising and finalizing all written work.  A reminder- the science fair will be held at the middle school from 6:30-8 on June 8th.

MS Social Studies: This week students will begin researching to prepare for their immigration debates. Their research skeleton (8-10 points for both the proposition and opposition) is due at the end of class on Thursday. The full project description and calendar of important deadlines can be found here:  Immigration Debate Project


Where: The Royalton Academy, 4182 VT Route 14, South Royalton.
Cost: Two dollars per student. (This helps us pay for renting the building).
What to wear: As a reminder, girls generally wear dresses that are easy to dance in, but not long gowns. Boys generally wear a nice shirt and a tie.
Guests: Students are allowed to each bring two guests that are in 6th, 7th or 8th grade.  All guests must be pre-approved by Andrew Lane.
Pick Up: We very much appreciate prompt pick up of your student at 10:00pm. Please be aware that students who hang around in the parking lot after the dance are difficult to supervise and also distract the clean up crew.

CLEAN UP CREW NEEDED:  Cleaning up after the dance takes about 45 minutes (depending on number of helpers). Jobs include moving tables and chairs, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping and mopping floors, removing trash etc.

  • An hour of community service will be awarded to students that stay and help for the entire clean up session.   Students that stay for clean up should be picked up at about 10:30


End of school year MIDDLE SCHOOL dates to remember:
•       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.


The Newton (Strafford) School’s 7th and 8th grade “Under The Sea” semi-formal will be held on Friday, June 9 at Barrett Hall in South Strafford from 7 – 10 pm. 7th and 8th grade students from Strafford and surrounding towns are encouraged to attend. The event is FREE and will include fantastic raffle prizes. Permission slips with more information will be distributed after Memorial Day.  For more information, email Eleni Howe at ehowe@newtonschool.org



High School News

Fresh Cut flowers Needed for Graduation:  
We are in need of fresh cut flowers to decorate the school on the day of the high school graduation. If you think you can bring some (along with some vases) at 11am on June 18th, email Dave at deastman@sharonacademy.net as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Food Donations are needed from all 9th – 11th grade students/families for this year’s HS graduation. 
This year, graduation is on Sunday, June 18th at 1pm.  After the ceremony, refreshments will be served. The tradition is that high school TSA families contribute to the refreshment buffet. If you cannot come that day, please leave the food in Dave’s office on Friday, June 16th.

On the day of the event, June 18th, please drop off your dish in Moore Hall (The Pit), starting at noon. If you want your dish back, please mark it clearly and make sure to take it back before you leave, or the following week, at the latest.

What you need to bring depends on which grade your student is in. (If you have more than one student at the school, go with the grade of the older one.)

  • 9th graders will bring about 10 to 12 fresh fruits kebabs: fresh fruits cut and set on kebab sticks.
  • 10th graders will bring cheese and 1 box of crackers: please cut the cheeses ahead of time.
  • 11th graders will bring finger food desserts for about 10-12 people.

Dave Hale, TSA Parent of  Junior, Cal Hale, is the coordinator of the food committee for graduation. He will contact you before the event to remind you about what to bring.  We are counting on you…

If you have any questions, contact Dave Eastman at deastman@sharonacademy.net or call (802) 763 – 2500 x226

Thank you so much, The Graduation Committee


Count Down to Graduation:  Seniors have received their cap and gown. These should be tried on, and hung to get the wrinkles out. They can be ironed with a cool iron. Gowns should be returned to the school for reuse. Caps can be decorated, but should not be offensive to anyone. If the gown does not fit, please let Janice or Cynthia know ASAP.


TSA Parent Geoff Hansen, was kind enough to set up his photo booth at TSA’s Prom last Saturday. Enjoy perusing all of the pictures, and order ones you like.  Check them out here:


All School HS Field Trip: All high school students and faculty will be traveling to Burlington, VT on Friday, June 9.  The details are still being worked out, but we plan to travel by bus to Mount Philo for some hiking, sightseeing, and bag lunch.  We’ll then go to Burlington where the Jazz Festival will be in full swing.  Students will participate in a scavenger hunt then have some free time to experience the festival and grab dinner before boarding the bus for home.  More details to follow.


Scholarship and College Info

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+



Community Service

Medieval Festival Volunteers Needed:  The Open Fields Medieval Festival will be held on Saturday, May 27 from 11-4, and they’re still looking for volunteers:

  • Friday, May 26, noon-6pm – stake off and flag the green; post “No Parking” signs; chop veggies & fruits for kebabs; set up tents (depending on the weather); and more!
  • Saturday, 8-11 – set up tents, tables, activities; decorate!
  • Saturday, 11-4 – help out with activities (bran bucket, heraldry, face-painting, hair-braiding, candle-making, beading, boffing, horse course, town crier, and more); and help keep our vendors and exhibitors happy.
  • Saturday, 4-7 – breakdown. We can always use a few more strong backs!
  • Sunday, 9-3 – cleanup. Help us get things sorted and put away so that we’re ready for school on Monday.

For more information contact Nellie L. Pennington at (603) 398-4278 (mobile) or email nellie.pennington@openfields.org


Community Events

Cobalt Tolbert ’13 at Chandler on June 3rd, 6:30 pm; event price: $20. TSA’s own Cobalt Tolbert, as well as musicians Jon Gailmor and Susie Smolen, will play an acoustic set in the upper gallery of Chandler on June 3rd to raise money to save Exit 4 from being taken over by developers.  We hope you’ll join us to support great music and a noble cause. For more information, please contact Florence Tolbert at floinvermont@gmail.com or visit www.exit4openspace.org. Or check out the program flier by clicking:  HERE

Gallery Opening at ArtisTree: Friday, May 26, 2017; 5:30-7:30pm. The Syrian Experience As Art
is a traveling exhibition from Castleton University representing the work of ten Syrian artists individually responding with creativity to loss and destruction. Please join ArtisTree Gallery in welcoming  these  works  of humanity  and  connection. Exhibit runs from May 26th – June 24thFor more information, please contact Adrian Tans at gallery@artistreevt.org or visit http://www.artistreevt.org/syrian-experience-as-art.html.


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/




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