TSA Newsletter, November 10th, 2017

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TSA Newsletter – Upcoming Publishing Schedule:

 Week of November 13th (HS at Chandler for Interim) – No Newsletter

 Week of November 20th (Thanksgiving Break) – No Newsletter

 Week of November 27th – Regular Issue of Newsletter


Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

November 2017

Thurs 16 End of MS 1st Trimester
Fri 17 MS Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day – No School for MS
Thurs & Fri 17 & 18 TSA Performances of Rock of Ages at Chandler Music Hall – Wine & Cheese Event for All (but not students) before each performance.
Sun – Sun 19 – 26 Thanksgiving Break
Mon 27 Regularly Scheduled Classes Resume
Thurs 30 School Picture Retakes w/Lifetouch

To download a copy of the TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017, please click here: TSA 2017/18 School Calendar



Thank you to all who supported the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the high school on November 3rd. Students were there to set up, register donors, staff the canteen, and clean up.  We went into the day with 13 appointments against a goal of 25 units. We collected a total of 22 units, including 5 from 3 Power Red donors.  And, even better, you had 5 first time donors and only 4 deferrals!  Thank you to everyone who was able to schedule an extra hour on conference day – we will do it again in April! A special appreciation to 12th grader Meadow McGalliard ’18, who coordinated all the details, communicated with the Red Cross, found volunteers and was present from start to finish.


All School News

Tickets to TSA’s Interim Production of Rock of Ages at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph are on sale now!

Call The Sharon Academy at (802) 763 – 2500 x248. Tickets for adults are $12, for minors or students, $7. You can pay with either a credit card (we do not accept American Express) over the phone or bring cash/a check to the high school during week one of Interim, or at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph,VT during week 2 of Interim. Box Office Hours:
  • November 6th – 10th, 9:30am – 2:00pm
  • November 13th – 18th, 9:00am – 11:00am

Please try to have an idea of where you’d like to sit in Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, VT, (balcony, left front, right aisle etc.) before you call in. We can’t reserve seats for you until you’ve paid for your tickets. We also can’t promise those exact seats, but we’ll try to get you as close to there as possible. First come, first serve.



TSA Athletic News

Get your TSA Swag at the HS Interim Performance of Rock of Ages at Chandler Music Hall next week before, during, and after all performances.  TSA Athletic Booster Club President, Kim Knoerlein will be there with a few sample items for sale and the ability to take any orders for your holiday gifts.



Middle School News

TSA MS Science Update:  While we await the third generation of fruit flies, we have been exploring how probability plays a role in genetics. Our unit test is next Tuesday and the students’ study guides are due the same day.

TSA MS Language Arts Update:  Students in Language Arts have finished reading the play The Crucible and we have watched the movie. Now they are hard at work on their persuasive essays about a controversial human rights issue. The topics chosen include abortion, gun control, the death penalty, and genetic testing. This essay is the culminating project for our Human Rights Unit.

TSA MS Social Studies Update:  Next week in social studies, we will take our Human Rights unit test on Wednesday and Thursday. Students received the test study guide earlier this week, and should be reviewing nightly for about 15-20 minutes.


Middle School Conferences – Conferences are coming right up on Friday, November 17th. Your student’s advisor will be contacting you to arrange a time to meet on this day. Don’t forget that students are expected to be present at the conference.

Geography Bee is happening in December! 
More information coming soon.

TSA Soccer Jerseys: Middle School soccer season has ended.
Please send in your washed soccer shirts. Thank you!



High School News

Driver’s Education
 with the Yankee Driving School taught by Gabriella Netsch is available for all high school students in Thetford, Norwich and at TSA. Cost is $700. For more information, please contact Gabriella Netsch at yankeedrivingschool@comcast.net or visit yankeedrivingschool.com


What: Youth Climate Leaders Academy
When: Thursday, Dec. 7 to Friday, Dec. 8
Where: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
Who: VT and NH high school students who want to take action on climate change
Why: To give students the skills to plan and execute a real-world project related to climate change
For more information and to sign up, visit:  veep.org/YCLA



Scholarship and College Info

For more information on most of the topics listed below, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net

FAFSA Fridays! Will you be filing a FAFSA? Every Senior Should! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is your pathway to funding for the education and career training after high school. Every student should file one! Call VSAC’s special FAFSA helpline at 888-943-7301 during the FAFSA hours listed below, make an appointment to see one of their counselors in Winooski, or walk in any Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. FAFSA Fridays are: Oct. 20, 27; Nov. 3, 17; Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23. They’ll also be open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday nights, Nov. 16Jan. 4Feb. 1 and Feb. 8.


Community Service Opportunities

All HS Students need to complete 40 hours of community service by June 1st, 2018
All MS Students need to complete 20 hours of community service by June 1st, 2018


On going: High Horses Therapeutic Riding Center always needs volunteer help. To get trained, or just find out more, please contact Lowry Newswanger at lnewswanger@sharonacademy.net


Community Events

ArtisTree calendar listings for upcoming events for Fall Classes are now running – check our website for full listings:  www.artistreevt.org or call: (802) 457-3500 or email: info@artistreevt.org

VPIRG Opportunities for Teens: Right now, students across the state and country are taking the lead and organizing on major issues from social and racial justice to student debt and climate change. While many young people are already deeply involved with these movements, others are eager to make change but aren’t sure where to begin. Here are three major opportunities for folks in both of those camps.

#1. Collaborate for Climate Action: a youth symposium – This day-long event, hosted at Middlebury College on November 18th, is put on by Our Climate and organized by Vermont student leaders. The symposium will gather high school and college students from across Vermont who are ready to gain the skills needed to enhance the role of young people in Vermont’s climate movement. No matter how involved students have been up until now, everybody has something to contribute to this event!

#2. 4th Annual VT Youth Climate Summit – On December 1st, UVM is hosting their annual fall summit of Vermont students to share ideas, craft plans, and inspire action to reduce the carbon footprints of our schools and communities. The impact of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit has been felt statewide over the years. High school attendees from nearly every county of Vermont gain a deeper understanding of the climate crisis globally and locally. Additionally, students have the opportunity to develop effective solutions in their community through the creation and implementation of their own climate action plans. UVM students organize the Summit and run workshops throughout the day — collaborating with high schoolers on how to create change in their schools and communities. Registration for this event opens next week.

#3. Youth Climate Leaders Academy – The Youth Climate Leaders Academy will guide and support high school students in planning and implementing a project related to climate change. Hosts will help students figure out where to start, how to plan, and how to develop the transferable skills they need to complete a successful project. The Academy will be held December 7-8 (overnight stay optional) at Lake Morey Resort. Registration closes November 6.

All of these events are open to all Vermont students — regardless of how involved they have been with this issues. For More Information contact Nick Wahlers, Youth and Campus Organizer, VPIRG at bounce@convio.net


The Upper Valley Curling Club will hold a “Learn to Curl” clinic on Saturday, November 4th at 5:45 p.m. at the Barwood Arena in White River Junction, VT. The clinic costs $25 per person and is open to any individual age 12 and older. The club provides all equipment needed to curl; you just have to wear warm clothing and shoes with non-skid soles. Participants will start with an off-ice introduction to the concepts and rules of the game and then move onto the ice for hands-on instruction and lots of fun. If time allows, we may even play a short game. Curling is one of the faster growing sports in the U.S. and now is your chance to see what it is all about. There are many local people in the Upper Valley who curl regularly and they want to show you how much fun it is to play the game. Space is limited at each session so interested participants must register in advance. For more information email: uppervalleycurling@gmail.com or visit our website www.uppervalleycurling.org to sign up.



For Sale – 2006 Honda Pilot LX in Desert Rock Metallic.
Dependable winter car, 7-passenger, all wheel drive, ABS, traction control, 6 airbags, brand new all-season tires, A/C, power everything, inspected in August, 229k miles, body and interior very good, runs great. Asking $3400. Discount for TSA families.  Call Stephen at: 802-431-3456

Looking for house rental in Sharon for summer of 2018.
Three bedrooms in sending town for long term rental. For more information, please contact Brian Livingston at brian.elaine@comcast.net