TSA Newsletter, October 20, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

October 2017

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: 6:30pm – 9:30pm at MS
Fri 27 HS Q1 Marking Period Ends

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 Daffodil Planting Day at TSA – 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 17 & 18 TSA Performances of Rock of Ages at Chandler Music Hall – Free 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




Thank you to all of the students that helped our 10th and 11th graders have the appropriate space for taking last week’s PSAT.
Your help moving many tables and chairs is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to all of the staff that helped to administer and monitor the test.

Much appreciation for all of the students and staff that participated in this school year’s first “Thursday Night Cafe” last night. Much fun, entertainment, laughs (especially at the ML fashion show), beautiful music, and of course, community, was shared by all.

A very hardy congratulations and thank you to TSA Board Member, Hailey Swett ’19 who accompanied Michael Livingston and Mary Newman just over the border at Stanstead College for a NEASC review process. Many more details coming in next week’s newsletter.



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 is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Friday, 11/3/17, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Please support this community service effort by signing up to donate at the school today!  Go to www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Every donation can save up to 3 lives! And, in the event of a natural disaster or emergency, it’s the blood on the shelves TODAY that will save lives. Students 16 and over can donate.  Any 16 year-old donors will need a SIGNED and DATED Parental Consent form on the day of the drive.  Contact Meadow McGalliard at: mmcgalliard@sharonacademy.net for a consent form, if you need one.  And everyone needs to bring photo ID. For best results, donors should get a good night sleep the night before, eat breakfast or lunch prior to donating, and remember to drink extra water the morning of the drive.

  • Students:  All presenting STUDENT donors will be entered into a raffle.  Winner will get a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
  • Students: Even if you can’t donate – come help out – community service hours available.
  • Staff, Parents, Families, & Friends:  Please sign-up today to donate and help us make our collection goal – we need 35 donor appointments!

Thank you from Meadow McGalliard ’18, Blood Drive Coordinator


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?


TSA Welcomes Visitors from Tajikistan, an article printed in the Randolph Herald last week, written by Cal Hale ’18:  The Sharon Academy High School and Middle School welcomed a delegation of educators from Tajikistan on Thursday, October 12. The visit was arranged through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The focus of the group’s visit to The Sharon Academy (TSA) was to learn about providing affordable education to a diverse student body with an array of different socioeconomic backgrounds. The delegation had an open dialogue with members of TSA’s administrative team, including Head of School Michael Livingston and Middle School Director Andrew Lane, before meeting with a panel of students in one of the school’s yurts.

Students shared some of their reasons for choosing to attend TSA and some of the opportunities that have been available to them in the small school community. Hailey Swett, a junior and a representative on TSA’s board of trustees, spoke about her experience working on the school’s reaccreditation through The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and how the opportunity to attend an educational conference had made her interested in pursuing a career in education. Caleb Eastman, a senior, discussed his experience of teaching an elective class on archery, and how the skills and experiences he acquired through teaching the class prepared him for life after high school. Members of the visiting delegation asked questions and offered insight into the Tajik educational system through their translators.

The delegation included four members of the Tajik Ministry of Education and Science and two English-Russian translators. Mr. Mukhammadali Afgonov is the Head of the Dushanbe Department of Education, Mr. Muminjon Mamadjonov is a Senior Specialist in the International Relations Department, Mr. Farzon Mirboboev is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the World Bank Funded Higher Education Project, and Mr. Ikromitdin Tavarov is a Senior Specialist for the Pre School and Secondary Education Directorate.

Tajikistan is currently rebuilding after a civil war, and education is seen as central to its rebuilding process. Another significant issue facing the country as it rebuilds is the retention of its brightest scholars. Members of the delegation asked about the students’ plans after high school, and after hearing that several hoped to attend college out of state but return to Vermont after their graduation, shared their hopes that Tajik students would follow a similar path of returning home after pursuing higher education.

TSA’s mission statement was written on a whiteboard and was translated orally to Russian, the predominantly spoken language in Tajikistan. Members of the delegation felt that it was a strong mission, and appreciated the school’s pedagogy and community focus. The group’s visit to The Sharon Academy came on their second full day in Vermont. They had visited the offices of the Vermont Agency of Education, the UVM Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Vermont Commons School the day before. After visiting TSA on Thursday, the delegation headed to Burlington High School, but not before a stop at the Worthy Burger in South Royalton.


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 March 23rd, 2018 and the MS event will be held Thursday, April 12th 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 CVC Championship – Friday, Oct. 13. All 3 of the girls representing TSA posted personal best times in the 5K.  Laila Reimanis was the top finisher for phoenix placing 18th out of 88 finishers in the varsity girls race with a time of 21:32.


VB 8, Blue Mountain 0 – Saturday, Oct. 14. Olly Skeet-Browning ‘20 scored a goal and had two assists, with Sam Knoerlein adding two more goals, and Erik Younce scoring another. Ian Robertson ‘21 and Alex Olszewski scored a goal each.

VB 0, South Royalton 1 – Wednesday, Oct. 18. An unfortunate loss for the boys, but they played hard with Dillon Butner making five saves.


VG 5, Blue Mountain 1 – Friday, Oct. 13. A great game for the girls with goals made by Isabella Amodeo ‘21, Nora Rice and Novah Conway ‘21 with Rory Livingston making some great saves.

VG 1, Whitchester 1 – Tuesday, Oct. 17. Another double overtime game for the girls, with Novah Conway ‘21 scoring with six minutes left to play.


JVG 1, Williamstown 8 – Thursday, Oct. 12. The game ended in a loss against Williamstown for the girls, but it was their best game of the season. The final score was 8-1, with Tia Kendall ’21 scoring the goal for Sharon.


JVB 0, Trinity Baptist 2 – Friday, Oct.  13. A difficult game for the boys on with the final score being 0-2.

JVB 0, St. Johnsbury 7, Thursday, Oct. 19. A tough last game for the boys, who played without any subs.


MS 2, Chelsea 6 – Saturday, Oct. 14. The middle school team suffered a loss this Saturday to a very strong Chelsea team.

MS 6, Whitcomb 0 – Wednesday, Oct. 18. A great win for the middle school team who played against an all girls team.

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

Note: The fall sports season is winding down – come watch a game soon!


XC CVL Championship Chelsea; Sat, October 21, 11:00am – 12:30pm
XC Thetford State Meet; Sat, October 28, 11am – 1pm

VG Home v Rivendell; Sat, October 21, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

VB Home v Rivendell; Sat, October 21, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

JV Girls Away at Hanover (Huntley Meadows); TODAY, October 21, 11:00am – 12:30pm
JV Girls Home v Rivendell; Sat, October 21, 11:00am – 12:30pm

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 kicked off our genetics unit by making our first cross of fruit flies–we will study two generations of them to understand how genes get passed down. So that we can understand the molecule responsible for it all, we will extract DNA from strawberries this week. Once we have built an understanding of DNA and genes this week, we will be ready for next week’s dive into Mendelian genetics, which will help us predict what our next generation of fruit flies will look like.

Next week in Language Arts:  Students will continue to read The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1693.

TSA Social Studies Weekly Update: Next week in Social Studies, we will begin our Bill of Rights poster project, which will be due on Friday. Details for the assignment can be found on Gradelink. We will continue watching the movie Simple Justice to learn about the process of judicial review and the history behind Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. There is 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.


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. 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


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

  • Guilford College, Tue October 24, 2017 at 8:20 AM
  • Landmark College, Tue October 24, 2017 at 8:45 AM
  • College of St. Joseph, Tue October 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • Lasell College, Thu October 26, 2017 at 11:45 AM
  • Castleton University, Thu October 26, 2017 at 2:00 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 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. 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


Immediate need moving wood: There is a woman in Strafford looking for students to move 3 cord of wood, soon.  Please contact her if you can help. For more information, please contact Chris Robinson at cr4peace@yahoo.com 


STEM Community service hours available: National event coming up next week on Thursday, Oct 26th from 3-5pm at One Planet After school at Sharon Elementary. It’s called “Lights on Afterschool” meant to raise awareness about the importance and value of after school programs and their positive impact on youth overall development nationwide. We are opening up the program to all families in Sharon, VT.  Two or three students needed to come and help by putting on some fun STEM or STEAM activities with and for kids. For more info. contact Roxana Matthews at rmatthews@wrvsu.org


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

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

TSA alumn, Eric Wright ’03 is returning to town with his Juno award winning group The Fretless. They will be playing at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater on Sunday, October 29th at 4pm. Playing with all the dynamics of a string quartet, with two fiddles, viola, and cello, their repertoire of original and traditional tunes has excited crowds and garnered awards and rave reviews throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe. See links below to get a closer look at the group and details about the event:



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



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, 269k miles, body and interior very good, runs great. Asking $3400. Discount for TSA families.  Call Stephen 802-431-3456


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