TSA Newsletter, October 13th, 2017

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Newsletter

The Sharon Academy logo

To make a submission to The Sharon Academy’s newsletter, please click here
and complete the online submission form.


Also, check out our facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TheSharonAcademy/ 



Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

October 2017

Thurs 19 1st Cafe Night of the School Year – 6:30pm – 9pm
Sun 22 TSA’s Annual Information Program for Prospective Families – Please invite your friends! 3:30pm – 5:30pm at TSA’s High School
Fri 27 TSA Middle School Dance at MS: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Fri 27 HS Q1 Marking Period Ends

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




Thank you to Hailey Swett ‘19, Cal Hale ‘18, Caleb Eastman ‘18, and Olivia Lober ‘19 for helping out sharing the TSA school experience with visitors from Tajikistan.

Cal Hale ’18, Emma Sawyer ’19, and Nora Rice ’18 all did a terrific job representing TSA at the Hartland Farmer’s Market where Amber Wylie set up a table to introduce Hartlander’s to The Sharon Academy.



All School News

“Daffodil Drive(way)” for TSA’s Hillside – Current TSA parents, Jools Skeet (mother of Olly Skeet-Browning ’20, Kaila Skeet-Browning ’18, and recent grad Luna Skeet-Browning ’16), and Katie Chesnut, (mother of Sophie Chesnut ’20) would like to brighten the hillside along the driveway up to TSA’s High School. The goal is to plant 1,000 daffodils! 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 will be on or near Cynthia’s desk in the lobby of the high school. Thank you for helping TSA bloom more fully this spring!

Then come out on Sunday, November 5th to help plant the daffodils. Students can earn community service and parents can come in and join in the fun. More details about the planting will be coming soon.


TSA’s Annual Information Program for Prospective Families – Please invite your friends!  Our Information Program is on Sunday, October 22nd, from 3:30pm – 5:30pm at TSA’s High School. Please invite your friends who have students who are looking for next year’s middle or high school. TSA’s Information Program is an opportunity to learn about TSA’s approach to providing an engaging education where students are known, valued, and challenged. It is also a chance to meet current TSA middle school and high school students and ask questions. Please help us to make this event a success by encouraging families you know to attend. For more information, please contact Amber Wylie at: awylie@sharonacademy.net


Students across the country suffer from anxiety perhaps now more than ever. Sadly, TSA students are not immune to this. Michael Livingston shared an important article from The New York Times this week that describes how parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears. Read the full story here: Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?


Michael Heaney, Alumni Parent (Asher ’16 and Micah ’12) and TSA School Board Member is featured in the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Vietnam War documentary now airing nationally on public television.  Michael Heaney has brief appearances in the following episodes:
#1 (short version of my ambush story, at about minute 20, already aired; will air again & be streamed);
#4 (the ambush of my unit, and getting wounded), at about minute 48;
#8 (short comment on Kent State killings) at min. 140; and
#10 (return trip to VN in 2008), at min. 135.

Michael writes of this documentary series: “Quite aside from any role I’ve played, it is a masterpiece, as both history and art.  Burns’ hope is that it becomes part of our national consciousness of that tragic war, and that we need to consider its lessons…which are to some extent difficult & conflicting. Try to see the film…you’ll be moved.”


Bridge Building Contest for MS & HS students: The dates for the annual Vermont Tech bridge building competition have been set!  This year they’ll be having High School and Middle School events on separate days.  The HS event will be held Friday 23rd, March 2018 and the MS event will be held Thursday 12th, April 2018.  Both events will be held on the Randolph Center campus. Follow this link to register and for more information:


Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21


The Phoenix Card is a discount card for locally owned businesses. The proceeds from your purchase of the card go to the TSA Athletic Booster Club to help support TSA’s athletic budget needs. The card purchaser can use each discount listed as frequently as desired for a whole year, October 1, 2017 until September 30, 2018. Several businesses have returned including: Planet Hair, Sandy’s, Dan & Whit’s, Village Pizza – Randolph, Village Pizza – Royalton, Cockadoodle Pizza and RB’s Deli, 5 Olde Tavern, and Sharon Trading Post. We also have some new businesses joining including Revolution, Agatha’s, Ziggy’s and Morano Gelato. The best news is that the price has been reduced to $10!!! Cards are available at all Varsity games, from Catherine Farrington at the MS and Cynthia Masterman at the HS, or contact Kim Knoerlein kdk13vt@gmail.com

TSA Swag: There are only 6 more Fridays until the holiday break – EVERYONE on your shopping list needs a little TSA swag. Check out the front display case at school for all the swag we have available. For more information, please contact Kim Knoerlein at kdk13vt@gmail.com


Phoenix Game Results:

XC Thetford Woods Trail Run; Saturday, Oct. 7. Laila Reimanis was the top finisher for TSA coming in 116th out of 504 other high school girls. Sophie Chesnut and Georgia Quackenbos also participated in the girls race, with Sami Husain representing the boys.

VG 1, Whitchester 1 – Thursday, Oct. 5. Yet another tie for the varsity girls, with Eliza Masteller scoring with an assist from Isabella Amodeo. Keeper Rory Livingston helped her team with many great saves.

VG 0, Chelsea 2 – Tuesday, Oct. 10. A great effort put in by the varsity girls during their game against Chelsea on Tuesday with Rory Livingston making 13 saves as goalie.

VB 1, Whitchester 2 – Thursday, Oct. 5. A close game for the boys, with Sam Knoerlein scoring for Sharon 20 minutes into the second half.

VB 3, Cabot 1 – Monday, Oct. 9. A great game for the varsity boys, with the goals made by Olly Skeet-Browning, Tom Bissaillon and Josh Amodeo.

VB 2, Long Trail 0 – Wednesday, Oct. 11. Even though the team had several injuries on defense, they still managed a win against this tough division leading Long Trail team. This was a great win for the Phoenix!

JVB 2, Windsor 4 – Wednesday, Oct. 4. An impressive game for the JV boys even though they lost, with goals scored by Ian Robertson ’21, and Daniel Henderson ’22.

JVG 1, Windsor 10 – Thursday, Oct. 5. A tough game for the girls, who ended up playing better during the second half with Tia Kendall ’21 scoring for Sharon.

JVG 0, Hanover 11 – Friday, Oct. 6. Another difficult game for the JV team, with the girls playing their best in the first twenty minutes, where they managed to keep the score 0-0.

MS 4, Chelsea 5 – Friday, Oct. 6. A close loss for the middle school team on Friday. The team showed a lot of effort and spirit!

MS 3, Strafford 6 – Monday, Oct. 9. A tough loss for the middle school, better luck next time!

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:

XC CVC Championship Keene; Fri, October 13, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

VG v Blue Mountain; Fri, October 13, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
VG Home v Whitchester; Tue, October 17, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

VB Home v Blue Mountain; Sat, October 14, 1pm – 3pm
VB v South Royalton; Wed, October 18, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

JV Boys v Trinity Baptist; Fri, October 13, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
JV Boys Home v St. Johnsbury; Thu, October 19, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

JV Girls Home v Rivendell; Mon, October 16, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
JV Girls v Hanover; Fri, October 20, 4:15pm – 5:45pm

MS Home v Chelsea; Sat, October 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm
MS Home v Whitcomb; Wed, October 18, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
MS v South Royalton; Fri, October 20, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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 Middle School Science Update: We are winding down our Life & Cells unit, and are in the midst of the “What is a Cell Like?” project. Students are busy creating a model of a cell that uses an analogy comparing a cell to a system they are familiar with – anything from a computer, to a garden to a kitchen. The project is due today, Friday, Oct. 13, when we will share our work in a museum-style format. In coming weeks, we will focus on DNA and genetics.

This week in Language Arts: This week middle schoolers finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird and watched the 1962 film with Gregory Peck. Next week we will begin learning about the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller.

TSA Social Studies Weekly Update: Next week in social studies, students will learn about other types of government and economic structures through in-class experiential activities. On Friday, Oct. 20th, their Constitutional Art Project is due and will be presented during class. Details for the project can be found on Gradelink. There will be no current events this week.


Middle School Dance on Friday, October 27, 2017: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at The TSA Middle School:

  • Cost: 1 food item for the Sharon Food Shelf or $1.00
  • Chaperones: 3 needed. Please contact Catherine, cfarrington@sharonacademy.net, if available
  • Guests: Students are each allowed one guest that they know well and that are in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Clare must approve all guests ahead of time.
  • Pick Up:  Please pick up your student promptly after the dance. We do not want students to linger in the parking lot after the dance, as there will be limited supervision available. Clare’s advisory is in charge of clean up and will need to stay an extra 15 minutes until 9:45pm.
  • Have fun!



High School News

Good Luck Notes in TSA’s Interim Playbill Due October 25th:
Parents and Guardians – Good luck notes recognize the achievements of your student(s), and provide interim with critical funding to produce our show and give our students an unforgettable two week experience! Good luck note pricing is as follows:

  • Quarter page = $75
  • Half page = $125
  • Full page = $175
  • Full pages are 8″ x 5″, half pages are 4″ x 5″ inches and quarter pages can be either 4″ by 2.5″ or 2″ by 5″.

Notes can include photos and text or just text. You can provide a pdf, or we can design notes for you for an additional $10. Please contact Cal Hale ’18 and Rory Livingston ‘20 at playbill@sharonacademy.net with any questions about good luck notes, and your submissions – no later than Wednesday, October 25th.

Additionally, advertising space is available for your local business, both in the playbill, for the same prices, and on the show’s t-shirts for $225, or $125 with the purchase of a full page playbill ad. All content for these ads must be received by October 25th as well.


Writing Center News: At the end of August we were pleased to announce that Madeline Raynolds was joining us as a principal intern this year from the Upper Valley Educators Institute. Now, we are pleased to announce that Madeline, with her lit/language art background, will also be stepping in to help out with the high school’s Writing Center several days a week. Fridays she will be with the humanities groups. Mondays and Tuesdays she will work with writing at any stage. She will also be connecting with advisors and others. She will be making appointments with students. It is helpful if students initiate this. If she is not free when students are, she can make appointments on other days besides Mondays and Tuesdays. Laura DeCapua will be available Thursdays with writing assistance also.


Driver’s Education with the Yankee Driving School begins February 7th and April 30th; 5:30 to 7:30 in Norwich and 3:30 to 5:30 in Sharon. Cost is $700. There are two opportunities for Driver Education for TSA students. One is a winter class in Norwich which does attract many TSA students (that class is 1/2 full now). The other has just been posted. It will be held at TSA beginning April 30th. For more information, please contact Gabriella Netsch at yankeedrivingschool@comcast.net or visit yankeedrivingschool.com


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.


Are you Creative and Would You Like to Win Some Cash? Vermont Entrepreneur Week is coming up in February and they are looking for students in grades 9-12 to create a bumper sticker or video to advertise the event.  The submissions for this Visual Media Competition  are due by December 13. The theme for the event is:  “Vermont Entreprenurship….It’s Amazing For All Ages!” For more information, please contact Laurel Butler at l.butler@vtsbdc.org or visit http://www.vtsbdc.org/programs/Student-Entrepreneurship
The rules and criteria for the contest are quite specific so please see the attached flyer:  Entrepreneurship Program Flyer


Do You Have Great Ideas? If you are a high school student in grades 9-12 with great ideas, consider participating in one of Vermont’s entrepreneur workshops or competitions that are offered by the Vermont Small Business Development Center. Events are located throughout the state and at different times of year.  They are exciting ways to connect with adults and students with great ideas and learn how to move your ideas forward. Check out the flyer for more information: Vermont Entrepreneurs Workshop


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


College Visits to TSA Next Week: Please note that the following colleges will be on campus to meet with TSA students next week:

  • University of Maine, Mon. October 16, 2017 at 10:15 AM
  • Maine College of Art,  Tues. October 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM
  • Green Mountain College, Tues. October 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • Champlain College, Thurs. October 19, 2017 at 8:15 AM
  • St. Lawrence University, Thurs. October 19, 2017 at 12:15 PM


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 Forms 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.

  • Oct 17 Randolph Union High School at 6:30pm – Financial Aid Forms Night
  • Oct 18, Whitcomb High School at 6:30pm – Financial Aid Forms Night
  • Oct 19, Thetford Academy at 6:00pm – Paying for College Night
  • Oct 26, Thetford Academy at 6:00pm – Financial Aid Forms Night
  • 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! 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. 6, 13, 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, Oct. 12, Nov. 16Jan. 4Feb. 1 and Feb. 8.


Kaplan Offers:  The Truth About GAP Years on Oct 19th at 8:00 pm for free. Kaplan, a national test prep organization, has organized a webinar for parents on gap years. Hear from a  panel of experts for this, live online parent event, “The Truth About Gap Years,” on Thursday, October 19 at 8 PM. This event features Danielle Purtell, a current medical student who took a gap year, and Charlie Taibi, CEO of Gap Year Global. To sign up, visit:  http://bit.ly/kaplanparents


File Your FAFSA: Parents of 12th graders are reminded that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available. Financial aid for college/university is offered on a first come, first served basis so don’t wait to organize your forms and enter your information into the FAFSA. While filing your FAFSA, don’t forget to take a few additional steps to apply for state financial aid through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Some colleges may also require additional financial aid forms such as the CSS profile. It is important for each family to be aware of the forms that must be submitted by checking each school’s website. For more information visit:

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net


College Fair coordinated by Bernie! Did you know that Vermont ranks near the top among the states in terms of high school graduation rates? 88% of Vermont students leave high school with a diploma. The bad news is that Vermont has one of the country’s lowest college enrollment rates.  Just 53% of students actually enroll in college. In response to this, Senator Bernie Sanders is working with Vermont State Colleges and Vermont Student Assistance Corporation to sponsor 2 college fairs in Vermont. See below. Please RSVP at https://www.sanders.senate.gov/events

  • Saturday, Oct 7th at 10:00 am at Lyndon State College
  • Saturday October 14th at 10:00 am at Castleton University


Open House at Goddard College – October 7, 2017; 10 am – 4pm. Goddard College, located near Montpelier, is holding their open house on Saturday, Oct 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. Goddard offers undergraduate degrees in Individualized Studies, BFA in Creative Writing, BA in Teacher Education and Community Education, licensing in most endorsement areas including bilingual and dual language instruction. Also, graduate degrees in the MFA and MA in Psychology and Counseling and Education. For more information, please contact  at  or visit https://www.goddard.edu/discover/

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 


Patients/Victims Needed for Community Service Hours: The practical test of new EMT’s from District 9, the organizing agency for Hartland, Norwich, Hanover, Strafford, Thetford and many other EMT programs, will be happening on December 9th from 8:00am – 4:00pmThe team is in need of victims who will be assigned an ailment and then be treated by the EMT candidates.  This is a fun opportunity for community service hours for some of our older students, and they could certainly provide a service and learn something by spending the day with these EMT’s.  Volunteers would need to be at least 16 years old to participate.  For more details, contact Beth Preston at: dpbp@sover.net

COVER Volunteer Opportunity:
On Saturday October 14th there is a project that COVER is running that could be a great one for an advisory or for students who need service time. It involves moving a lot of stone out of a basement in Hartford for a house that was hit hard by the flash flood of July 2nd. If interested please contact Mary Sutton-Smith, COVER’s volunteer coordinator, via email at: volunteer@coverhomerepair.org

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

Author Jo Knowles reads at local library! Author Jo Knowles and parent of Eli Carini (TSA Class of 2017) will be reading a selection from one of her books and holding a Q&A at the Harris/Morrill Memorial Library in Strafford, VT on Tuesday, October 17th at 7pm. Please join us for light refreshments and a discussion with a fantastic local author of young adult fiction. For more information, please contact Mary Newman at mnewman@sharonacademy.net


Nonviolent Communication & Mindfulness Practice Workshop, November 4 & 5, 2017; 9am – 4pm: at the Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction, Vermont. In an increasingly complex and challenging world, one of the most valuable and empowering things we can teach children is the skill and confidence to resolve conflict authentically and compassionately as it arises. Practiced in over 65 countries around the world, Nonviolent Communication or NVC is an approach to communication and conflict resolution that has improved and transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. In this special two-day program by veteran teacher, Peggy Smith, participants will learn:

  • Mindfulness of mind/body energy during conflict,
  • Neuroscience of emotions and conflict,
  • Empathic and reflective listening skills,
  • Universal feelings and needs that underlie all conflict,
  • Strategies for peaceful, lasting resolutions to conflict.

About the Trainer Based in Maine, Peggy Smith is a certified NVC Trainer and experienced Mindfulness instructor. Peggy has shared NVC with educators from the Middle East to South Asia through the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine and abroad. As a former teacher of 32 years, Peggy brings her extensive teaching skills and humor to her NVC programs. https://www.seedsofpeace.org/

Registration: All are Welcome! Limit of 40 Attendees. Suggested Program Cost is $175. Ability to pay is not an obstacle to attendance. Contact Peggy for payment options: peggy@opencommunication.org

To register http://opencommunication.org/schedule.html


Beginner Karate: Join black belt Christine Parker at Seven Stars on Saturdays, 11-12, for beginner karate!  Classes run Oct-Dec, $40 per month.  Wear comfortable clothing (no jeans).  For more information, please contact Christine Parker at candid.christine@gmail.com or visit www.sevenstarsarts.org


Join us at Seven Stars Arts Center on Monday October 16th, 2017 at 7pm; Viva la Musica presents: “The Telephone” by Gian Carlo Menotti, Featuring Allison Devery, Soprano, Stephen Falbel, Baritone, and Eliza Thomas, Piano. Joined by vocalist Lindsey Warren, rounding out the evening with popular tunes of the 40s/post WWII era. Question and Answer Session following performance. This project is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 SSAC members, youth 18 and younger free with paying adult.  Available at the door, or in advance at http://www.sevenstarsarts.org/events.html


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


Berlin Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament: Registration is now open for the 15th annual Berlin Fall Scholastic chess tournament on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The fall event focuses on fun and sportsmanship, and is open to all players in grades K-12. As a participant at one of our past events, I hope you’ll consider coming back again for more fun and friendly competition. It’s also a great introductory tournament, so bring your friends! For more information contact Tournament Director, Mike Stridsberg at mike@vtchess.info  or see full details available here: http://vtchess.info/Events/15th_Berlin_VT_Fall_Scholastic.htm



Puppy from Puerto Rico for Adoption: Appropriately named, Maria was taken in for shelter ahead of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  She just arrived in NH on Friday and is being fostered in Hartford. Her foster Mom says she’s curious, sweet and adorable! Maria was fully vetted upon arrival in the US and has up to date paperwork to show her vaccinations, etc.  Surfin’ Sato is a non-profit organization in partnership with Animal Rescue Foundation, Rincon in Puerto Rico.  For more information about what we do follow us on Facebook @surfinsato. For more information contact: 802-356-2869aimee970@gmail.com, more details also here – http://bit.ly/2y8BftM


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