TSA Newsletter, November 3rd, 2017

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TSA Newsletter – Upcoming Publishing Schedule:

 Week of November 6th (Next Week) – Abridged Issue – Limited Sections

 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

Fri 3 HS Only – No School – Student/Teacher/Parent Conference Day
Fri 3 Blood Drive at TSA – see below for details
Sun 5 2AM – Daylight Savings Time Ends – Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Sat., Nov. 4th
Sun 5 Daffodil Planting Day at TSA9:30 AM See All School News below for more details.
Mon 6 HS Interim Begins, Rock of Ages
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 before each performance.
Sun – Sun 19 – 26 Thanksgiving Break
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




A shout out to super volunteer and Athletic Booster Club President, Kim Knoerlein, in the Appreciations section of the newsletter just doesn’t seem to do justice to the gratitude that she deserves for all of her hard work that she has done for TSA. Kim deserves her own section of the newsletter! Of course, she has thanked all of the volunteers that have helped out during the soccer season (see the Sports Section) but it was because of Kim’s leadership that 424 pizzas were made this soccer season and over $6,000 was made to contribute towards our athletics budget and scholarships for our athletes. Thank you Kim!!!

Congratulations to TSA Athletic Director and Film Elective Teacher, Blake Fabrikant for winning “Audience Choice”
for his film that he directed, filmed and produced for the Halloween-o-thon hosted by CATV at Dartmouth College. TSA alumn Jennifer Sensenich ’11 was the lead actress in the film and won best actress for the event!


All School News

Tickets to TSA’s Interim Production of Rock of Ages are on sale soon! Tickets for parents are on sale starting Mon. 11/6 & Tues. 11/7 and open to the public on Wed. 11/8.

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 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 (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. 


Come out on Sunday, November 5th at 9:30am to help plant 1,000 daffodils on the hillside coming up the HS driveway. Students can earn community service and parents can come and join in the fun.

Bring your own planters, trowels or whatever you might have to plant these bulbs. Make sure to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday. We will start at 9:30am. When we get done depends on how many helpers we have. Many hands make light work! So come on out to help.

In the meantime sponsor a daffodil (or two), by donating a quarter for every daffodil you would like to see bloom in the spring. A jar for donations is on Cynthia’s desk in the lobby of the high school. Thank you for helping TSA bloom more fully this spring!


Desk Needed: Marcy Innes, Language Arts Teacher at TSA’s Middle School needs a desk for her classroom. Have one to spare? Have a lead on where to acquire one? Email Catherine Farrington at cfarrington@sharonacademy.net


Archytas Robotics Team Meet and Greet on Sunday, November 5th, 3pm – 5pm. Come join team Archytas 6933 for snacks, information, robot driving, and meeting other interested people. The event will be located in our newly cleaned and renovated work-space at 2272 Fay Brook Road. This marks the official start of our robotics season for welcoming new students. There will also be an upcoming 2nd quarter elective along with some after-school workshops, so keep a look out for those postings. For more information, please contact Meadow Mcgalliard ’18 at mmcgalliard@sharonacademy.net


Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21

Message from the Athletic Booster Club President, Kim Knoerlein:
Congratulations to all teams. A successful season despite what the win/loss record shows.  Everyone accomplished something new this year and that makes the season a success. THANK YOU to the fans. Without you our teams could not have been so successful.  Also thanks for supporting concessions – eating, drinking and purchasing TSA apparel. THANK YOU to the volunteers: donating concession and pizza items, donating time to making pizza and driving our athletes.  Your support is what makes our athletes so successful.

424 pizzas were made this soccer season and we made over $6,000!!!

Phoenix Game Results:

The Cross Country team finished the season on Saturday with the Division III State Meet at Thetford Academy. Sami Husain and Dillon Buttner ’18 competed in the boy’s race and Georgia Quackenbos ’20, Sophie Chesnut ’20 and Laila Reimanis ’20 represented TSA in the girl’s competition. Dillon finished off his high school XC career with a personal best time of 20:48 on the tough Thetford course, and then headed off to mind the net for the boy’s soccer playoff game in the afternoon. Laila ran a strong race (22:16) for the girls, earning 10th place. Following the race and a stop to watch the varsity boys soccer game, the team closed the day with a cookout, campfire and relaxing at the Reimanis home. Thank you, Kate & Erik!

Special Soccer Recognitions:

Several of our soccer players were recognized for their prowess on the pitch this season. Congratulations to you all!

Second Team All League – Olly Skeet-Browning ’20 and Sam Knoerlein ’18
1st Team All League – Cole Ward ’18, Novah Conway ’21, Kaila Skeet-Browning ’18
Division 4 All State Team – Cole Ward ’18, Novah Conway ’21, Kaila Skeet-Browning ’18


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



Upcoming Games Next Week – Sadly None

 See you soon for basketball season!


TSA High School sports schedules can be found at:


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

TSA MS Science Update: We are finishing up our study of meiosis this week and each student will start working on their study guide for the end-of-the-unit genetics test (which will be on the week of 11/13). We will work on the study guide both in class and as homework this week and it will be submitted and assessed as a separate assignment from the test. Next week we will tie in the rules of Mendelian genetics with our fruit fly observations.

TSA MS Language Arts Update: 

TSA MS Social Studies Update: This week in Social Studies students will continue working on their Bill of Rights illustrated handbook. Details for this project can be found here: Bill of Rights Handbook. The timeline of deadlines can be found here: Homework Checker. There are mini deadlines throughout the week, and entire project is due on Thursday, Nov. 9th. There is no Current Events this week.


Upcoming Secure the School Drill: Vermont Law requires schools to run two lock-down drills a year. We will run our first drill on Tuesday, November 7th. The drill should take no longer than 5 minutes and we will process it for a few minutes during our community meeting. The goal is to practice the basics of a lock down drill without creating undue anxiety.

Next Friday, November 10th, Troy Wunderle
will visit the middle school for his annual fall orientation day to the middle school circus interim (which will happen in late March). We need a few students to arrive early (7:00 am) to help Troy move equipment into the basement. Students will earn 1 hour of community for assisting Troy. Please contact Catherine, cfarrington@sharonacademy.net, if your student is available to help. The goal of this visit is to introduce students to Troy, get them thinking about hand skills they might like to practice during the winter months (TSA owns some circus equipment), and to solidify the theme for this year’s show. Students should come to school ready to be active with sneakers and clothes that allow for full participation in Troy’s workshops. Please also help your student remember their notebooks and school supplies. Some regular classes will still happen on the 10th). We can’t wait for the circus to come to town!


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.


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


DUE NEXT WED. – Playbill Request of Seniors: Rory Livingston ’20, working on the playbill for interim is asking seniors to write a note about what interim has meant to them for publication in the Playbill. Rory can be contacted at rlivingston@sharonacademy.net


Costumes Needed for Rock of Ages: Costume Committee is in need of 80’s clothing, “Rock clothes”, examples include: spandex, leather, acid-washed jeans, metal T-shirts. Please start now and look in your closet, attic or even at Listen Center!  We will start collecting the first week of Interim, November 5th. If you want them returned to you, please label them clearly or let Jordan know via email. For more information, please contact Jordan Galluzzo at jgalluzzo@sharonacademy.net 



Scholarship and College Info

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

Deadline Dec 2 for American Legion Speech Scholarship Application:
NOW is the time to consider participating in the American Legion Oratorical Contest, a Constitutional Speech competition.

  • Vermont Department: top 3 receive award money
  • National winner: top 3, receive scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 respectively
  • All other national participants receive $1500 to $3000

The student must:

  • Speak 8-10 minutes on some aspect of the US Constitution as it relates to the responsibilities of citizens
  • Speak 3-5 min. on one of 4 “assigned” amendments (one is selected by a draw from the hat moments before speaking)

For vital information about competing in this program, go to www.legion.org/oratorical

This contest requires research, familiarity of the U.S. Constitution and according to one coach, 50-100 hours of preparation.  It is the perfect adjunct to Social Studies and History courses. For a well-prepared, talented student (grades 9 – 12), there is an excellent possibility of garnering some money for college. Completing the application doesn’t obligate the student to participate.  It does give the organizers an idea where to focus their limited resources for the best possible outcomes.  American Legion National winners are automatically seated for National Forensics League Tournament. The competition begins in the local school and a contest is held at a local American Legion Post in January. The local post winner competes in a District Contest tentatively planned for February 2018.  The district winner goes on to a state level contest to be held March 3, 2018. There are 5 districts in Vermont. For more information, please contact Karlene DeVine at 802-877-6392 or visit kdevine@myfairpoint.net


HELP with Financial Aid! Do you need help navigating the complicated network of college financial aid?
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is sponsoring workshops for parents and students at locations throughout Vermont.
Workshops include a Paying For College Night which provides an overview of the financial aid process.  Additionally, there are Financial Aid Form Nights when parents can bring their personal tax forms and enter information directly to the FAFSA with support from VSAC staff. See the dates and times below.

  • Nov 9, Woodstock Union High School at 5:30pm – Paying for College AND Financial Aid Forms Night
  • Nov 9, Chelsea Public School at 6:00pm – Financial Aid Forms Night


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

Come out on Sunday, November 5th at 9:30AM
 to help plant 1,000 daffodils on the hillside coming up the HS driveway. Students can earn community service and parents can come in and join in the fun.

Bring your own planters, trowels or whatever you might have to plant these bulbs. Make sure to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday. We will start at 9:30am. When we get done depends on how many helpers we have. Many hands make light work! So come on out to help.

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

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.



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



Meet “Red Letter Day,” a beautiful, young, small female Greyhound up for adoption at Northern Greyhound Adoptions in Fairfax, Vermont:  http://northerngreyhoundadoptions.org/dog.php?did=737. Her nickname is Day-Day. She has not found her loving home yet because she is extremely shy and frightened by humans. She loves other dogs and plays normally with them in the yard. Her shyness came about when she escaped one day from her racing kennel in another state, ran down the highway, and was severely beaten by the trainer when she was returned. She responds to quiet, loving speech and touch, but she needs a home where patience and love abound. Day-Day will turn two years old in January and is spayed and vaccinated. She will make a sweet, loyal companion when she finds her loving home. Call Sue, the kennel master and president of NGA, at 802-752-7009 for more information.

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