TSA Newsletter, October 27th, 2016

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Newsletter

The Sharon Academy

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


Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events


Fri 28 HS Quarter 1 Marking Period Ends


Thurs 3 American Red Cross Blood Drive at TSA HS – 9:00am
Fri 4 HS Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day – No School
Mon 7 TSA HS Interim Begins (More Info coming very soon in a separate email)

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




Thank you to all of the students that helped with our double header home Varsity soccer games on Saturday!  Thank you for enduring the rain and chilly temps!



All School News

The Sharon Academy and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Nov. 3rd.
Please join in their lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! Drive Details:
Site: Sharon Academy
Address: 6704 route 14, Sharon, VT, 05065
Room Name: Gym
Date: Thursday, Nov 3rd, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00: PM
Click here to make an appointment

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!


Thanks for the Boxtops! A note from Charlie McMeekin: What a thrill this week to have the Boxtops4Education envelope outside Janice’s office filled, both with little baggies of boxtops collected and saved at three individual homes, and dozens of individual boxtops dropped off. Thanks to all of you quiet supporters who help make this donation to TSA possible. Every boxtop is worth 10 cents, and you can find boxtops on a variety of cereals, granola bars, butter, toilet paper, Kleenex, and a variety of other food products. You clip it, send it in to school, and it ends up earning the school a dime. Just last week I sent in our third submission for the calendar year. And while you might think a dime is a little thing, we’re due to get a check for several hundred dollars. This money is used to assist students whose financial situation is holding them back from the education they are pursuing. It could be payment for a workshop, purchasing a needed book for exhibition, or supporting an individual family going through a crisis like a house fire. If you know of someone in need, please let either Christa Wurm or Brian Tonks know, as they administer the funds. For more information, please contact Charlie McMeekin at cmcmeekin@sharonacademy.net


Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Daisy Hutt ’17


Phoenix Sports Highlights From this Week


TSA Varsity Girls:

TSA 8, South Royalton 0. Our varsity girls played a strong end of the season game on Saturday October 22nd. The weather was unfavorable but the girls were consistent and high-spirited.
From the Valley News:  The Phoenix (13-1) clinched the top seed in the upcoming Vermont Division IV tournament. The Royals wrapped up the regular season 4-9. Eleanor Frost scored four times with an assist, Mallory Lloyd netted a hat trick and an assist and Jasmin Johnson scored once for Sharon. Abby Levy made a pair of saves for Sharon and Cassidy Wolf stopped four for the Royals. The Phoenix is assured of a first-round bye, while South Royalton awaits its seeding and first-round opponent.

TSA Varsity Boys:

TSA 6, Mid-Vermont 0.  TSA Varsity Boys won their Playdown game against 11th seeded Mid-Vermont Christian School 6-0, Tuesday October 25th. Olly Skeet-Browning (‘20) had 2 goals. Richard Morrill (‘17), Sam Knoerlein (‘18), Joshua Amodeo (‘18), Tray Fisk (‘17) had one goal each. The boys would love all the support they can get at their away, quarterfinal matchup on Friday, October 28th vs. Long Trail. Come cheer them on!

TSA 2, South Royalton 0. The boys also played an intense game on the 22nd, but their unwavering drive held off South Royalton, 2-0. What a great way to close the season!
From the Valley News: Freshman Olly Skeet-Browning delivered once more, and the Sharon Academy boys soccer team displayed a strong defensive effort in blanking rival South Royalton on Saturday, 2-0, in the regular season finale for both teams. Skeet-Browning scored Sharon’s first goal unassisted in the 25th minute, then delivered a corner kick for a one-timer header by Sam Knoerlein five minutes later to make it 2-0. Skeet-Browning finished the season with a team high 16 goals and has scored six times in the Phoenix’ last three games, all wins. “He’s quick to the ball and has a great touch,” Sharon coach Rob Stainton said. “He’s got good awareness and a good stroke on the ball. We play him both on the front line and (at midfield).” The Phoenix (10-4) also was bolstered by its defense, back four of Billy Connelli, Zev Ruben, Cole Ward and Alex Olszewski, who limited the Royals (7-7) primarily to long-range shots. Thatcher Morrison manned net for Sharon, while Nicholas Howe and Dalton McDougall split time on the other end for South Royalton.


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

XC Meet, CVL Championship Chelsea: Sat, October 29, 10am – 11am

Varsity Boys Quarterfinal Matchup Away Friday vs. Long Trail School: Friday, October 28, 3:00pm

*Varsity Girls Quarterfinal Home: Saturday, October 29, 1:00pm

*REMINDER: Delicious pizza is available from TSA’s wood-fired pizza oven at every Varsity home game.  Come have some – or better yet, volunteer to help make it!  Contact Kim Knoerlein to sign up at kdk13vt@gmail.com

You can access the athletic practice and game schedule at: http://sharonacademy.org/athletics/athletics-calendar/

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

For Monday, October 31st: Halloween costumes are okay
as long as they are not a distraction during class.  We recommend students bring regular clothes in case this is an issue.  Thank you and Happy Halloween!



High School News

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.



Please join Coastal Studies for Girls on Sunday for their Fall Open House on Sunday, October 23rd from 12-3 prospective families and interested community members are welcomed to the little yellow farmhouse.  Staff and semester school alums will be present to lead tours through the school, share their personal Coastal Studies for Girls experience, and answer questions about student life, academics, applying, and financial aid. For more information, see their website: https://www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org/ or email Stephanie at Sdavis@sharonacademy.net


Driver Education:  Driver’s Education class will be held at The Sharon Academy this spring. Spring, starting April 24th; 4:30pm to 6:30pm, cost is $650. However, this class will not be held during 3rd term elective as it has in the past.  Students who wish to take the class in the Winter can register for the class in Norwich by visiting the web site listed below.  This begins just before February vacation. Any questions, please visit yankeedrivingschool.com or please call Gabriella @ 802 558 2897 or e mail Gabriella at yankeedrivingschool@comcast.net

Upcoming Events for HS Students at Vermont Tech:
November 18th or   December 2nd – 2016 (Fridays) “Try a Major Day”- for students in 10th – 12th grades  Vermont Tech –Williston Campus (9:45am – 1:00pm). For more information, contact: Laurel Butler, STEM Outreach & Experiential Education, VERMONT TECH at: laurel.butler@vtc.edu  or visit vtc.edu



Scholarships and College Info

Thinking About a Gap Year?  Mark your calendar!  If you have ever considered taking a gap year, or a year off after high school, please consider attending a gap year fair at Lebanon High School on Saturday, January 14 from 1:00 – 3:30. A gap year fair is a national circuit of programs that allow students, parents, educators and experts in many fields to come together and share opportunities for high school graduates. This is a great opportunity to learn more and become inspired. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit https://usagapyearfairs.org/


Scholarships and FREE Financial Assistance – Please note the following opportunities through VSAC: Students who submit the FAFSA by Oct. 31 and list (and later attend) one of nine participating VT colleges have an opportunity for a special FAFSA scholarship from those colleges. The Vermont state grant application is also available now. Every year, VSAC gives out $19 million in grants to over 13,000 students in full-time, part-time and non-degree study. But many students who are eligible for this free money fail to apply. To support the state’s Fall for FAFSA challenge, VSAC and colleges will host free financial aid assistance Oct. 17-21.
For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or visit http://services.vsac.org/wps/wcm/connect/vsac/VSAC


Paying For College Nights:  The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) provides FREE and helpful presentations on Paying For College. This workshop provides a basic overview of paying for college, question and answer time and some workshops include support in completing financial aid forms. The next one will be held:

  • Oct 27: Rutland High School

In addition, you are encouraged to checkout the VSAC website for more information. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net or 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 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

Choir BoyNovember 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


Family Fridays at Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon has a new family offering on one Friday evening per month. We hope to add to this series in the future! Please join Christine for paint & sip in the performance hall: $30 covers all supplies, and you’ll follow step by step instructions to create a painting to take home! Or drop in with Shannon and Ella in the lobby for cut & paste-arts and crafts for all ages and abilities: $5 per person to paint, draw, glitter, glue, create, and play! Nov 18 &Dec 16!  For more information, see the attached flyer:  Family Fridays or please contact Shannon Stoddard at sevenstarsarts@gmail.com or visit www.sevenstarsarts.org

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




Winter Tires For Sale:  Hakkapellitta winter tires size 225/65/17, only used one winter about 4000 miles on them. $450.00.  For more information, please contact Amy Potter at amy.l.potter@dartmouth.edu