TSA Newsletter, October 27th, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

October 2017

Fri 27 TSA Middle School Dance: 6:30pm – 9:30pm at MS
Fri 27 HS Q1 Marking Period Ends
Tues 31 Halloween: HS Students are encouraged to dress up!

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 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




Thank you to all of the students that helped out with the TSA Information Night
for prospective students on Sunday. All students represented the school with poise, intelligence, and a fair amount of humor. Thanks for taking time out of your weekend to help your school.

From the Middle School: Margot Frost ’22, Beth Dobrich ’22, Cedar Souligny ’22, Leah Holmes’22, and Margot Holmes, Leah’s Mom.

From the High School: Rory Livingston ‘20, Hailey Swett ‘19, Caleb Eastman ‘18, and Dillon Buttner ‘18


Congratulations to Leland Pelletier ’21 who set a goal of reading 4,000 pages for the first academic quarter. The quarter is not quite over and he has already read 5,000 pages! Way to go Leland!


A big appreciation to all of the students that helped out with the High School Information night at the Hartland Elementary School on Wednesday. Hartland is the largest sending town in the Upper Valley and these students all helped to boost our potential enrollment from this important sending town. At this event, we also announced that we will be offering a bus in the mornings from Hartland to TSA for the 2018/19 school year. Thank you to Caleb Eastman ’18, Anika Eastman ’21, Tom Bissaillon ’21, Bailey Wright ’18, and graduate Anyata Hamilton ’17!


Come see the film that TSA Athletic Director and Film Elective Teacher, Blake Fabrikant directed, filmed and produced. It is  playing at The Black Family Visual Arts Center in Loew Auditorium on the Dartnouth College Campus in Hanover, NH at 4:00 PM on Sunday, 10/29. TSA Physics teacher, Steve Basham is the lead actor and alum Jennifer Sensenich ’11 plays opposite of him. Max Farrington ’18, Cole Ward ’18 and Fisher Kelley ’17 were all vital members of the crew during production.



All School News

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.

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!


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


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 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


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 from Catherine Farrington at the MS and Cynthia Masterman at the HS, or contact Kim Knoerlein kdk13vt@gmail.com

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 CVL Championship – Saturday, Oct. 21. Three runners competed for Sharon in this championship, Georgia Quackenbos, Sami Husain and Dillon Buttner. Sami placed 5th in the boys race with Dillon taking second.  


VB 4, Craftsbury 1 – Wednesday, Oct. 25. A great first playoff game for the varsity boys, with Olly Skeet-Browning scoring in the 10th minute, Alex Olszewski also scored off of a corner kick  from Josh Amodeo. Erik Younce ‘21 scored off a Sam Knoerlein assist to give TSA a 4-0 lead before Craftsbury scored.

VB 0, Rivendell 3 – Saturday, Oct. 21. A tough game for the varsity boys this weekend against Rivendell, but as always they played hard with Dillon Butner making five saves for Sharon.


JVG 1,  Rivendell 4 – Friday, Oct. 20. With a similar outcome to their previous game, the JV girls finished strong in their last game of the season. Tia Kendall scored for Sharon yet again.

VG 0, Rivendell 1 – Saturday Oct. 21. An unfortunate loss for the girls, but they played hard with keeper Rory Livingston ‘20 making 12 saves.

JVG 1, Hanover 4 – Friday, Oct. 20.
A great way to end the season for the JV girls, even with a loss the girls played better than they had all year. Tia Kendall ‘21 scored for Sharon.

JVG 1,  Rivendell 4 – Saturday, Oct. 21. With a similar outcome to their previous game, the JV girls finished strong in their last game of the season. Tia Kendall ’21 scored for Sharon yet again.


MS 0, South Royalton 4 – Friday, Oct. 20. A tough final game for the middle school team but they put in their best effort as usual.

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 Thetford State Meet; Sat, October 28, 11am – 1pm

Our Varsity boys have advanced to the quarterfinals beating Craftsbury in their play-down game by a score of 4-1. They now face a stern test on the road at #1 seeded Rivendell. The game will be played at Rivendell high school (Orford, NH) at 1:00 PM on Saturday, 10/28. Please come out and support our Varsity Boys. Go Phoenix!


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: The fruit fly pupa are forming! We built a model DNA molecule as a class and are using it to discuss mechanisms of DNA replication and how mutations occur. Next week, we will look at how the process of meiosis facilitates the passage of DNA from one generation to the next. This week and next, students will begin working on a study guide that will help them prepare for the genetics test the week of November 14.

TSA MS Language Arts Update:  In Language Arts this week we continued to read and discuss The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller as a part of our unit on Human Rights. An important upcoming deadline is Friday, November 10th. By this date all students should have completed and passed their first trimester book cards. Please check Gradelink to see how your student is progressing.

TSA MS Social Studies Update: Next week in Social Studies, students have their Bill of Rights poster due on Monday. Details for this assignment can be found on Gradelink. These posters will be displayed and used for our next activity, a Bill of Rights graphic handbook. There will be several in-class work periods this week, and students will be assessed on their effective use of this class time. We also have Current Events this Friday, Nov. 3rd.

High Five Visits MS: On Tuesday
 morning, two staff from High Five Adventure Learning Center in Brattleboro arrived to work with our middle school students for two and half hours.  This was the first of a number of visits from Anne Louise and Stephanie who will be working with our middle schoolers throughout this year leading up to our three day trip in May.  First the whole middle school met to get more connected with the High Five staff.  They exchanged fun greetings, played fun games, and developed a common set of expectations for their time together.  Then the 7th and 8th graders split up by grade to do some more work with their individual cohorts.  The hope is that these meetings can work as benchmarks for our community of how they are doing in terms of listening and communicating with one another and through these snapshot moments reflect on and grow their communication skills over the course of the year.


Middle School Dance Tonight, 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

Halloween is next Tuesday! All HS students are encouraged to dress up! No contest – just fun in the halls with an alternative identity!


Deadline Extended: Good luck notes in the Interim playbill recognize the achievements of your student while providing interim with critical funding to produce our show and give our students an unforgettable two week experience! For senior parents specifically, good luck notes can be an excellent way to honor your student’s final interim, and to congratulate them on the roles they have taken on both this year and in previous shows.

Good luck note pricing is as follows:
Quarter page = $75
Half page = $125
Full page = $175

Full pages are 8 by 5 inches, half pages are 4 by 5 inches and quarter pages can be either 4 by 2.5 or 2 by 5 inches. 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, November 1st.

Additionally, advertising space is available for your local business in the playbill, for the same prices. All content for these ads must be received by November 1st as well.


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


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 are almost complete for the year. 
We will only have one other visit in addition to those listed below.  All 11th grade students should attend a minimum of one college visit at TSA.  If students are unsure on which visit to attend they can speak with Ellen, Christa or their advisor.

  • Prescott College, Mon October 30, 2017 at 8:15 AM
  • University of Maine at Farmington, Tue October 31, 2017 at 2:30 PM
  • Simmons College, Thu November 2, 2017 at 9:45 AM


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.

  • 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

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

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.


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


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, 269k 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