TSA Newsletter, November 3rd, 2016

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events


Thurs 3 American Red Cross Blood Drive at TSA HS – 9:00am
Sun 6 Daylight Savings Time – Set Your Clocks Back One Hour
Fri 4 HS Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day – No School for HS Students only
Mon – Fri 7 – 11 TSA HS Interim Begins at TSA HS
Wed 8 Full School Day for HS, 8:15am – 3:15pm 
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




Congratulations to the TSA Middle School who sold more Phoenix Sports Local Business Savings Cards than any other TSA school group. They sold 18 cards and earned $360 for our TSA Athletic Department. They earned themselves a pizza party on Tuesday. Eat up TSA Middle Schoolers!

Congratulations to all of our TSA Athletes who had terrific Soccer and Cross Country seasons.  Some of these athletes earned state, regional and even national recognition.  See below Phoenix Athletics Section for the honoree listings of the CVL, All State, All New England, and All American teams.

Thanks to all parents who volunteered to help the TSA Middle School complete their first interdisciplinary unit of the year, Living in Vermont.  Parents helped in many ways, including driving and chaperoning our various fall field trips. We appreciate your help! (See the Middle School section below for more information about this unit of study.)



All School News

Green Team Robotics Open House Sunday, November 6th, 4 – 6pm. The Green Team is a Randolph-based robotics team that competes in the worldwide FIRST Robotics Competition. Members from TSA include Taite Clark ’17, Max Farrington ’18, Carl Groppe ’19, Meadow McGalliard ’18, and Lydia Morris ’17. We will be showing off this year’s and last year’s robots and our shop; anyone who is interested in what we do or contemplating whether to join the team is encouraged to come. There will be a safety training afterwards from 5-6 pm, if you want to get cleared to use the more exciting power tools right away. The location is:

Vermont Tech Enterprise Center
1538 Rte. 66, Randolph, VT
Directions:  Heading down the hill from McDonalds, take your first left,  across from the auto repair shop.

Students from grades 7-12 with any level of technical skills are welcome on the team,
but the team is also looking for more adult mentors to help keep the students supervised and organized. So parents and teachers who will have any spare time during the weekends this winter are invited to come see what we’re about as well. Robotics is awesome, and there’s so much more to it than could fit in one paragraph, so come talk to us this Sunday and we’ll explain everything! For more information, please contact Taite Clark at tclark@sharonacademy.net or visit frcteam885.com


Stocking Stuffer Drive for Department of Children and Families, November 7th-11th. The Department of Children and Families (DCF)  provides holiday stockings full of goodies to over 100 children during the winter holidays. Sometimes, this may be the first holiday these children have ever celebrated. The goal of this drive is to make it a magical time of year for children who may be missing their biological families, but for one reason or another can’t be home for the holidays. Instead they live with foster families who are able to keep them safe while their biological parents work on their own case plan. Last year, TSA students were very thoughtful in what they donated. It can be anything NEW from candy to school supplies like: pencils, erasers, pens, notebooks etc. Matchbox cars or small stuffies are great too. Please, nothing violent. All donations should be new. There will be grade-level boxes in the HS entryway to receive donations. For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net


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 1, Long Trail 0. The Girls Win! The Girls Win! On Wednesday, the TSA Varsity Girls won their playoff game 1 – 0 v. Long Trail and now advance to the D4 Finals on Saturday in Bethel. See below for game details.

TSA 3, Whitchester 0.
 Our TSA girls won their rainy quarterfinal game on Saturday, October 29th. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the team, and a special appreciation to all alumni who drove here just to cheer on the phoenix!
From the Valley News: SHARON — The Mountaineers clogged the defensive zone and managed to stall the Phoenix’s attack, but not enough to prevent the hosts from advancing through the VPA D-IV quarterfinals. “I give them a lot of credit. They came in with a lot of energy and slowed us down. I’m happy with the results, but I know we’re capable of playing a much cleaner game,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said. Mallory Lloyd had two goals for the Phoenix. Eleanor Frost added a goal and an assist. Keeper Abby Levy had one save for the shutout. Sharon outshot Whitchester 23-3. Mountaineers keeper Krista Townsend finished with 13 saves. Fabrikant praised the play of Whitchester’s Brianna Hillier defensively against Lloyd. “Lily Crowley and Meghan Shirley were phenomenal defensively. Their energy really provided us with a spark for the whole game,” Fabrikant added. Next up for top-seeded Sharon (14-1) is a visit from fifth-seeded Long Trail on Wednesday to play for a berth in the state championship game. The two teams did not play in the regular season.

TSA Varsity Boys:

TSA Varsity Boys 0, West Rutland 3. Yesterday our boys unfortunately lost to W. Rutland in the semi-finals.  They fought hard but it was just too much after such an epic game on Monday (see below). The boys rushed back to TSA after the game and were able to cheer the girls on to victory though.

After 80 min of regulation, 30 min of OT and 3 rounds of PKs our #6 seeded Varsity boys won their rescheduled quarterfinal match with #3 seeded Long Trail!
Amazing job boys, your TSA fans couldn’t be more proud. For more information and a glowing article about Thatcher Morrison (17’) and the team, check out the Valley News website!

Athletic Conference, State and National Awards
Congratulations to our honored athletes!


CVL Honorable Mention, Cross Country: Dillon Buttner

CVL Honorable Mention, Boys Soccer: Harvey Kelley, Billy Connelli
CVL First Team, Boys Soccer: Thatcher Morrison
CVL Honorable Mention, Girls Soccer: Kaila Skeet-Browning, Meghan Shirley
CVL First Team, Girls Soccer: Mallory Lloyd, Eleanor Frost, Kaila Skeet-Browning

All State
Division IV All State, Boys Soccer: Harvey Kelley, Thatcher Morrison
Division IV All State, Girls Soccer: Kaila Skeet-Browning, Lily Crowley, Mallory Lloyd, Eleanor Frost

All New England/All American Nomination
Mallory Lloyd

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

Come Out and Support a Phoenix Sports Team!


The Upcoming Week’s Phoenix Sports Action

#1 Seed TSA Varsity Girls Division 4 Finals v. #3 Seed Proctor in Bethel (at the big field), Saturday, November 5th, 11:00am

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

The middle school wrapped up their first interdisciplinary unit of the year, Living in Vermont.  It is one of our favorite units as we are able to get students outside and into the community.  Thanks to all parents who volunteered.  Students have finished their service learning projects for social studies, taken a test in science and a test in social studies, and wrapped up their Literacy Circle book discussions.  This week we start our new unit, This I Believe.  This unit helps students examine creation stories of various religious traditions as well as understand the “scientific creation story” of the universe.  We will also read books that connect to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  This is our longest unit of the year, and it lasts until circus begins in late March.

This past Wednesday four middle schoolers hosted the Sharon Elementary School’s third grade
in the woods behind the high school. Our students enthusiastically shared what they had learned about Andy Goldsworthy’s art earlier this fall. We had a great time building sculptures and “shaking hands with the land” through sensory activities. Thanks to Leah F., Anika, Trace, and Peter for hosting. We look forward to doing more activities with local elementary schools in the future.

Troy Wunderle will be joining the middle school Friday, November 11th.
  Students should come to school ready to be active with sneakers and clothes that allow for full participation in Troy’s workshops.  Also… We need students to arrive early to help unpack circus props and equipment. Please let Andrew, alane@sharonacademy.net, know if you can drop your student off at 7.00AM that morning.

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

Parents and Guardians – each year we offer you an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of your student with a good luck note in the interim Playbill. In addition to recognizing the achievements of your student(s), we offer you an opportunity to support our school, through the purchase of one of these good luck notes. Please contact Cal Hale ’18 with any questions about these ads, for the pricing details, and your submissions – no later than Sunday, November 6thPlease email Cal at playbill@sharonacademy.net

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
Friday night show: 10th grade parents to bring baked goods.
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

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

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 might be 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 2 at Whitcomb High School
November 3 at Rochester High School
November 8 at Chelsea High School
November 9 at Windsor High School
November 29 at Montpelier High School
December 13 at Montpelier High School

For more information, including times, please visit:


Community Service

The Boy Scouts Annual Salute To Veterans Parade, November 5, 2016, Registration starts at 9am and parade starts at 11am.  On behalf of the Hartford council, the parade organizers would live to have 10 or more volunteers to help in several areas of this event. They would like to have volunteers at Hartford High School by 9am on Saturday November 5, 2016.They will be dispersed from there. Please contact Dan Reed at 802-291-1270 or dansplace51@yahoo.com


Community Events

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