TSA Newsletter, November 11, 2016

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events


Mon – Sat 14 – 19 TSA HS Interim at Chandler Music Hall
Fri 18 TSA HS Interim Performance of The Pirates of Penzance – 7pm
Sat 19 TSA HS Interim Performance of The Pirates of Penzance – 7pm
Sun – Sun 20 – 27 Thanksgiving Break – No School

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




Thanks to Fiona Davis at Artistree: The members of the pinchpot elective would like to recognize the generosity of Fiona Davis, TSA Alumni Parent and Ceramics Director at Artistree Community Arts Center in  South Pomfret.  Fiona supplied all the clay for our elective, and she also fired some of our pinchpots.  Thanks, Fiona!

A Message from Charlie McMeekin: The realities of the computer age were made clear this fall here at school.
During the first week of academics, there were several days where students were expected to bring a computer to class, whether it was to begin research skills or to electronically gain access to Googleclassroom, Gradelink, and their e-mail accounts. On those days, the computer bank was emptied by 8AM, and some students could not physically get their hands on a computer. Addressing this reality in a proactive way would reduce stress levels for students and teachers, would remove the temptation to take a computer early in the morning because you know you’ll need it in the afternoon, and would ensure that students had fair access to technology. Carl Groppe has placed our order for a number of new computers: 14 were ordered for the middle school and 8 for the high school.  And one parent took advantage of ordering one for their student. Four of them were financed by the Boxtops4Education coupons you have been faithfully turning in! A heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped make this happen by sending in boxtops. Some additional funds still remain in case of an emergency need.


Thank you to Paige Shirley, Chase Conway, Peter North, Trace Barnhart, Novah Conway and Jack Barnhart for volunteering to help Troy Wunderle unpack circus props and equipment for his day-long visit today!


All School News

The Pirates of Penzance Box Office is open today and will remain open today until 3:00pm. 
Next week, the box office will be open from 12pm – 8pm. You can also call at any time during the weekend and leave a voicemail message. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for students/minors. Our phone number is (802) 299-1194. Spread the word, and enjoy the show!

Rock Climbing Season is here! 
 For TSA High School and Middle School Students. Here are the details:

  • Climbing takes place at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Quechee, VT.
  • The fee is $265, payable in one, two or three, installments to the gym.  This fee includes full membership to the gym through August 2017, rental of all gear, and belay lessons.
  • You can “try before you buy” –  go for the first time and pay $10 for a rental and test it out before fully committing.
  • Practice will likely be on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 5:15  (pick up at Quechee gym).
  • The first practice will take place on Wednesday, November 30.
Please email Amy Frost at asf802@gmail.com or Kelly Ziegler at kellyziggy@myfairpoint.net if you are interested in participating, if you can attend the Nov. 30th practice, and/or if you are able to help with transportation.


Help Cooking Classes Happen at TSA – We could use your Shaw’s rewards tickets! Shaw’s supermarket is currently offering purchase rewards in the form of tickets that can be redeemed for cookware. If you aren’t planning to use them, please consider putting your tickets in Spike’s mailbox in the main office at TSA HS from now until the Holiday Break.  This would help immensely with setting up a cooking class on campus at the high school.  Thank you!


TSA Skiing and Snowboarding Program at Suicide Six: The first day of TSA’s Ski and Snowboard Program will be the first Wednesday after winter break. Suicide Six is a relatively small, very friendly ski area located in Pomfret, Vermont. Suicide Six offers us very reasonable prices on skiing, snowboarding, lessons, and rentals. While this program is not mandatory, we encourage all students to participate. We have had great fun with this program in previous years. It is not a difficult area to ski, has many beginner runs, and is a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. It does have enough challenge that even our advanced skiers and boarders enjoy the afternoon with their friends. Suicide Six has also installed a new high-speed quad chairlift, which means more runs for your student each visit. Additionally, high school students can use participation in this program to satisfy their physical education requirements. Look for more information and forms soon. Please contact Catherine, cfarrington@sharonacademy.net, with any questions.



Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Daisy Hutt ’17


Phoenix Sports Highlights From this Week 

TSA Varsity Girls:

TSA 0, Proctor 1. TSA’s very own varsity girls played in the VPA division IV girls soccer championship on Saturday, November 5th. The girls played hard and their defense was some of the best of the entire season! Excluding one goal very early in the first half, TSA was able to hold off Proctor from getting any of their shots in the net. Sharon had some really strong shots on Proctor’s goal, but unfortunately the game stayed 0-1 until the end. TSA’s community understands the heartbreak of this outcome, but all of us that cheered you on know what a tough, close game it was. The girls had a season of making history and breaking records. The girls supported one another, and had incredible sportsmanship that was consistently appreciated by both TSA and even rival schools. So ladies, keep your heads high and know that you made all of your fans and your coach incredibly proud. For more info on the game, check out The Valley News website: http://www.vnews.com/TSA-girls-lose-title-game-5844980

TSA Cross Country:

Highlights from Coach Kevin Gish: The Phoenix cross country runners wrapped up the season on Saturday, Nov 4, with the State Meet.  It was a beautiful, cool fall day – perfect for trail running…followed by pizza!  Our runners Sophie Chestnut (‘20), Sami Husain (‘18) and Dillon Buttner (‘18) all ran quite respectably in the Division 3 race on the tough Woods Trail at Thetford Academy.  Congratulations to all on a successful XC season!

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


Phoenix Sports Local Business Savings Card are now available for purchase!  Get your card for just $20With this card you get great discounts and deals at local businesses from Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.  Purchase yours at any home soccer game, or from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at: kdk13vt@gmail.com

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

As Part of the MS Unit, This I Believe, there is a Judaism test next Wednesday and Thursday.  Please remember to STUDY!


TSA Middle School Conferences:  Conferences are coming up on Friday, November 18th.  Your student’s advisor will be contacting you to arrange a time to meet on this day. Students are expected to be present at the conference.


Marcy’s art room wish list: old magazines (the best are Smithsonian, National Geographic, Nature, anything with quality photos, no fashion magazines please), old newspapers and large clean yogurt containers.  Thank you.

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


High School News

Food Needed for Intermission: November 18, 19 and 20, 2015. Traditionally, we offer baked goods (such as cookies or brownies) and bottled water during intermission at Chandler. In past years, these items have been supplied by parents. A donation box is placed near the food, and the proceeds collected go back to the school to help fund our production. Please bring in baked goods according to the schedule below:
Thursday night show (Dress Rehearsal): 11th grade parents to bring baked goods
For Friday night show: 10th grade parents to bring baked goods.
For Saturday night show: 9th grade parents to bring baked goods
Thank you SO much, we couldn’t do it without you,
The Food Committee
For more information, contact TSA@sharonacademy.net


Update about Flo’s health: Flo Tolbert, our treasured HS French teacher (and so much more), as many of you know, has Stage 4 (metastatic) Breast Cancer.  She is taking a break from school during Interim to rest and start chemotherapy via infusion. She will need some help with meals and rides to the hospital. If you can help, you can contact Florence Tolbert at ftolbert@sharonacademy.net or check out her blog: https://aproposdeflo.wordpress.com/

Spring 2017 Driver’s Education class scheduled to take place at The Sharon Academy. 
Class schedule is below:
April: 24, 26
May: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 31
June: 5, 7, 12, 14
Class meets from 4:30PM – 6:30PM.
Driving lessons scheduled individually with students. To enroll this class, download the forms available on the forms tab on the web site listed below. Be sure to check the box for the class that you wish to enroll. Send $100 deposit and completed forms to Yankee Driving School. Remaining balance due by or on the first day of class. Cost: $650.00
For more information, please contact Gabriella Netsch at yankeedrivingschool@comcast.net or visit http://yankeedrivingschool.com/Sharon[TSA].html.


Zumba has arrived at TSA!  Sydney Hooey ’19 a certified Zumba instructor is teaching Zumba classes at TSA.  The class will be held:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm (Until 11/28/16)
  • Also Saturday mornings 8:30-9:30am

    Only Saturdays during the basketball season which starts on November 28th.) Classes are by donations only.  $5 is suggested.



Scholarships and College Info

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) will offer six unique interdisciplinary sessions on Yale’s campus in 2017.
Each session is designed to bring together high school students with extraordinary talent and promise from around the world and hone their abilities to understand, think critically about, and strategize responses to certain contemporary global issues. Students will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished Yale faculty members, participate in seminars designed and led by current Yale students, and engage with renowned practitioners in lectures and career panels – all while experiencing the world-class facilities and resources that Yale University has to offer. Admission to the program is very selective. We offer need-based scholarships and encourage students from any country and all financial backgrounds to apply. Current high school sophomores and juniors and international equivalents are eligible to apply. For more information, visit globalscholars.yale.edu.


Full Scholarship to Ithaca for Junior and Senior Students: The Park Scholar Program (ithaca.edu/parkscholars) is more than a scholarship, it is a learning community that develops future communications leaders who engage critically, act globally and perform ethically. Through a mixture of academic and service programming, scholars are challenged to take action and give back to their communities and to use the power of mass communication to make a positive impact on the world. At least 10 merit-based scholarships are awarded to high school seniors each year and at least 3 merit-based scholarships are awarded to juniors in the spring. The program is offered to academically exceptional students who have demonstrated deep commitment to service and leadership in their communities. Park Scholar awards cover the entire cost of attendance at Ithaca and include stipends for living expenses, books and a one-time computer purchase. Students must complete a separate application, which includes two essays,  that is due by January 15th. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit ithaca.edu/parkscholars


It’s not too early but it is getting late… Parents of seniors, please don’t forget that it is time for you to complete the FAFSA (The Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA became available to parents on October 1st and you should use your 2015 tax information to complete the FAFSA, NOW! You can do this at www.fafsa.gov
In addition, for more financial aid, you should fill out the application for the Vermont Grant!  You can do this at:  http://services.vsac.org/wps/wcm/connect/vsac/VSAC/Pay+for+College/Funding+Sources/Grants/

Don’t forget to check the financial aid deadlines for EACH school your child is applying to.  If your child is applying  for an Early Action, Early Decision or Rolling Admission then it is likely that your financial aid forms are due at the same or similar time. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net


Financial Aid Help:  If you are a senior parent who needs some support with the financial aid paperwork of applying to college then you are in good company.  You are strongly encouraged to attend a VSAC information session and/or Forms Night.  These sessions are hosted by financial aid expects at The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation at locations throughout Vermont. Some dates and locations include:
November 29 at Montpelier High School
December 13 at Montpelier High School

For more information, including times, please visit:



Community Service

Help is needed with the Kids’ Corner and Holiday Meal at the Sharon Holiday Craft Fair and Farmers’ Market THIS
Saturday, November 12 from 9am-2pm at Sharon Elementary.  Call Donna Foster at 763-8280 for more information.


Community Events

Looking for helpers for good paying work:  looking for adults and teenagers to play patients for simulation. The details from Ray Walker, EMS Programs Administrator, Vermont Department of Health:  District 8 is looking for practical exam evaluators and patient models for their National Registry exam site on Saturday, 11/12 at Randolph High School, 15 Forest Street in Randolph. They will pay evaluators $25 an hour and patient models $50 for a half day and $100 for a full day. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Impey at l.impey@wrva.net.

One Planet Committee & Sharon Sprouts – 9th Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Farmers’ Market, Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9am-2pm at the Sharon Elementary School, 75 Route 132 in Sharon, VT, FREE admission!  
Shop from a wide selection of handmade craft and gift ideas in time for the holidays, plus pick up fresh and local produce, baked goods, bread, herbs & spices, jams, pickles, maple syrup, meat, poultry, and eggs!  Free activities for the children all day, and holiday meal available for $5. All to benefit Sharon’s 6th grade class, and the After-school and Farm, Food and Nutrition programs!  Call Donna Foster at 802 763-8280 for information!

The Lebanon, New Hampshire Police are hosting a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on November 13th starting at 8:30am
to benefit the Grafton County Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Entry is $50 per team and all proceeds benefit the CAC. There are numerous divisions to include boys and girls 7th and 8th Grade, boys and girls High School and co-ed 18-35, 35+ and a First Responder Division. Please consider playing to support a good cause.

Choir Boy
November 3 – 20, Thursday – Sunday,
Thursdays: 7:30, Friday: 7:30, Saturday: 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday: 5:00; event price: $18. Directed by Jarvis Antonio Green at the Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. From Tarell Alvin McCraney, writer of In the Red & Brown Water and Head of Passes, comes Choir Boy, a powerful coming-of-age story with stirring a cappella gospel music threaded throughout. Pharus is a brash, young gay man; Bobby, a well-connected legacy student. When these two compete to lead the legendary choir at their elite African-American prep school, their confrontations lead to huge revelations about identity, loyalty and friendship. See the production flyer here: Choir Boy, or For more information, please contact JAG Productions at info@JAGProductionsvt.com or visit www.JAGProductionsvt.com

The Vermont Tech bridge building competition:
 This year the High School and Middle School events will be held on separate days. The HS event will be held Friday March 31st, 2017 and the MS event will be held Thursday April 13th, 2017.  Both events will be held on the Randolph Center campus. We look forward to your bridge designs and seeing you in the spring! Follow this link to register and for more information: http://www.vtc.edu/academics/high-school-students/bridge-building-competition