TSA Newsletter, September 15th, 2017

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The Sharon Academy

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Calendar of Upcoming TSA Events

HS = High School
MS = Middle School

September 2017

Thurs 14 Senior Parent Night – Applying to College – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
 Fri 15  No School: Teacher In-Service
Wed 20 NEACAC College Fair for all 11th & 12th Grade Students  7:15am – 3pm – note earlier time of arrival for Juniors and Seniors
Thurs 21 HS Information Night – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Wed – Fri 27 – 29 MS at Heifer Overlook Farm

October 2017

Thurs 5 All School, MS & HS, Trip to Chandler Music Hall in Randolph to see To Kill a Mockingbird, 7:00am – 4:30pm
Mon 9 No School: Teacher In-Service
Wed 11 PSAT Testing for 10th & 11th graders only – 9am – 1pm
Thurs 12 School Picture Day w/Lifetouch
Thurs 19 1st Cafe Night of the School Year – 6:30pm – 9pm
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




A big thank you to all of the students who helped out with last weekend’s Sprouty in Sharon:  Marguerite Souligny ’19, Finley Lord ’21, Ellie Jacobson-Goodhue ’21, Isabelle Adler ’21. Event organizer and TSA Teacher, Kevin Gish, said this is the most number of TSA students he has had to help out with the event in a while. Nice showing TSA girls!


Good luck to our many students who will participate in this weekend’s Tunbridge World’s Fair. We have quite a few students that will exhibit, work at the fair, volunteer to help, dress in period costume, or simply attend. Enjoy the fair – and good luck with whatever your fair endeavor may be!

These Parents Were “Tops” at the Opening Potluck (A Message from TSA Teacher, Charlie McMeekin) –
 What a treat to begin the new year greeting familiar faces and some new ones as well. Especially sweet were those parents who came up to me (four different parents!) and deposited their summer collection of boxtops4education with me! You see, every boxtop we collect and turn in is worth ten cents, and we dedicate these monies to supporting students in special need. We define that term vaguely, so we can respond when it feels appropriate. Past funds have been used to help out a family whose home was damaged, a student who needed a housing deposit for a college room, a nursing test fee for a recent graduate, and four computers to address a critical shortage here in the building. I encourage you to begin collecting at home. Every single boxtop matters.You can leave your contributions in Janice’s office, or in the manila envelope hanging outside her door on the bulletin board. Thanks! Charlie McMeekin  – box top coordinator



All School News

Upcoming Road Work on Rt. 132 – Strafford and Sharon residents take note that Nott’s Excavating, Inc. will begin repairing shoulder, pavement, and embankment areas on Rte. 132 that were damaged during the July 1 storm event.  Please anticipate delays along the road – particularly on the lower portion of the road by the ledges and Quation Brook and then again up on the Strafford end  — commencing September 21st – 22nd unless otherwise notified. Construction will proceed over the course of several weeks and will include paving. Sharon Road Foreman Tim Higgins will be the local contact for this project.  VTRANS District 4 personnel will be on-site to perform inspections.  Tim Higgins can be reached through the Sharon Town Garage number (763-7194).  You may also contact the Selectboard office with questions or concerns at 763-8268 #4 or email selectboard@sharonvt.net


The Importance of Sleep Revisited – In Michael Livingston’s brief speech at TSA’s Potluck, he mentioned how important it is for our students (and adults) to be getting enough sleep. It effects so many things like school (and work) performance, ability to manage stress, ability to interact with other students and teachers, and to simply feel good. TSA’s students, like students everywhere, experience stress. In a recent presentation at an event sponsored by the Institute for Brain Potential, titled, The Habits of Stress-Resilient People, Dennis A. Marikis, Ph.D., made the following points about sleep:

  • Sleep is key in reducing stress, resetting our brains and strengthening neuroplasticity.
  • Research supports that people who get more sleep have significantly less stress events in a year.
  • Sleep can actually influence how much stress you experience
  • Lack of sleep can effect how you perceive the stressfulness of your life events that influence your stress levels.
  • Lack of sleep can effect health and be a contributing factor to the symptoms of obesity, ADHD, Mental impairment, childhood growth, intellectual disabilities, and injury from accidents.
  • Teenagers need about 8.5 – 9.5 hours of sleep each night.

So, help each other, students and parents, get to sleep at a reasonable hour. Turn off the computers, TV’s, and the I-Phones well before going to sleep (at least an hour) and keep these devices out of your bedrooms, and get some sleep. You will be healthier, happier, and smarter for it!


Paid STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) internship at local elementary school is available to students in 8th – 12th grade. Deadline September 15th. Click here for MUCH more information: Internship Application


Archytas: Take Flight – Archytas is a newly developed FIRST Robotics team based in Sharon but is open to anyone that may be interested. FIRST Robotics is a program designed to introduce students to STEM fields allowing them to develop technical and personal skills with the help of mentors and student leaders. As a new team, we are looking for prospective students and mentors to join our group. Within The Sharon Academy, students such as Carl Groppe ’19, Max Farrington ’18, Meadow Mcgalliard ’18, Jack Barnhart ’21, and Trace Barnhart ’21 are already involved with the team and have taken on leadership roles. If you are interested in more information, feel free to reach out to any of these students or the TSA high school history teacher, Kimberly Barnhart. We are also running a fundraising campaign and if you are interested in donating or know someone who might, feel free to check out our GoFundMe campaign. https://www.gofundme.com/FIRSTRoboticsVT


Teen Environmental Leadership – The UVM Extension 4-H program has some great opportunities for youth in grades 7-12 this Fall. Check out TRY (Teens Reaching Youth) for the Environment and the Youth Environmental Summit. TRY is an environmental leadership opportunity for students in grades 7-12. Taught by teens, it is designed to increase environmental literacy and responsibility in younger youth. TRY for the Environment includes five program areas to connect young people to real-world environmental problems allowing them to be key change agents contributing to real-world solutions. Energy FUNdamentals highlights wind and sun energy engineering. Climate Change Through Waste Solutions focuses on the 4Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. Food Systems explores the food system and the need to protect our soil, seeds, pollinators and climate. Forests & Trees investigates the basic concepts of forest and tree stewardship. For more information, please contact  at  or visit Learn more at https://go.uvm.edu/teen-leadership-programs


Phoenix Sports

Drivers Needed: The success of the athletic program depends largely on help from volunteer parents. A big need for each of the teams is a parent to coordinate rides for games. Please discuss with your son/daughter’s coach immediately if you are available to do the coordinating of rides.

Available at all home soccer games (and anytime at the HS) – everyone is invited to buy TSA Gear:

Long sleeve T-shirt – black with white lettering $15
Hoodies – green with white lettering $30
Fleece half zip – green with white lettering (embroidered) $40
Sweat pants – tie waist with gathered legs and elastic waist with open legs – Gray $25
Winter hats – white and green stripes, pompom on top $15
Water bottles – stainless steel and insulated $15

All clothing comes small to XL, there are a few 2XL and 3XL hoodies

For more information or to purchase, please contact Kim Knoerlein at kdk13vt@gmail.com


Phoenix Game Results:


The XC team ran at Thetford on Tuesday in a multi-team meet. In her first ever cross country meet, Laila Reimanis had a very solid performance, finishing in 5th place. The team’s next race is at Chelsea on Sep 21.


Congratulations to both of our varsity soccer teams for beating both of Twinfield’s Varsity Teams! Both of our varsity soccer teams are young this year, but our 9th graders showed that hey can contribute immediately.

TSA Varsity Girls Soccer 1, Twinfield 0 – The girls won their game 1-0 with a goal from Isabella Amodeo ’21.

TSA Varsity Boys Soccer 7 Twinfield 0 – The boys won their match 7-0, with goals coming from multiple players, including Erik Younce ’21 and Willie Barnes ’18 each adding two. Go Phoenix!


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:

TSA High School Soccer game schedule can be found at: http://sharonacademy.org/athletics/athletics-calendar/


TSA’s XC Team will race at Chelsea on Sept. 21st


VB Home v Cabot; Mon, September 18, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
VB Away at Rivendell; Sat, September 23, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

VG Home at Cabot; Mon, September 18, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
VG Away at Rivendell; Sat, September 23, 11:00am – 12:30pm

JVG Away Game at Lebanon; Tue, September 19, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

MS Away at Strafford ; Mon, September 18, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
MS Away at Whitcomb; Fri, September 22, 4:30pm – 6:00pm


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

Heifer International: From September 27th – 29th the middle school will be visiting Heifer International Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. This is a two night, overnight trip. Your student has been given a packet that includes information, forms and permission slips. Please look it over and return the forms. Click here for an electronic copy of the two forms:

If you have not completed your Emergency Contact Survey, your student will not be able to join us. Please fill it out now by clicking here:


Star 360 Testing Update – The middle school is excited to begin using a diagnostic tool this school year, to measure reading and math progress. This tool has been used by area schools for a number of years.  It will help us monitor student progress and more accurately direct instruction.  Every student in the middle school will take the diagnostic tests 3 times a year.  These tests will likely take no more than 30 minutes out of Language Arts or Math classes. Our first testing date will be Thursday, September 14th. These are ‘in-house’ assessments only. Please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Lane if you have questions or concerns at alane@sharonacademy.net


Calling in Absences: Cynthia Masterman, who works in the high school building, keeps track of all student absences. If your student will be absent for the day, please email Cynthia at TSA@sharonacademy.net or call 763-2500 x-200 and leave a message by 8:30am. If she has not heard from you by this time, she will send you an email and/or a message on your phone answering machine to let you know your student has not arrived at school. Thank you for your help in keeping track of your student’s attendance.


TSA’s Middle School is using Gradelink, an online grade reporting system. Gradelink gives parents access to daily assignments and student progress.  It is also the system through which we create and deliver report cards. This is the same system that is used at the high school. If you were unable to attend the information night, last week, please contact Catherine, cfarrington@sharonacademy.net, for information on how to access your student’s online Gradelink account.



High School News

TSA HS Information Night will be held on Thursday, September 21st from 6:oopm – 8:30pm.
This is a very important night for parents to hear about various administrative details about the school, as well as a chance to meet your student’s teachers. All parent should plan on attending. More details and a schedule will be sent via email to all TSA HS parents soon.


All-State Auditions Registration:  If you are interested in auditioning for the Vermont All-State Music Festival, please let Mary Newman know so that she can register you. Deadline for registration is mid-November. For more information, please contact Mary Newman at mnewman@sharonacademy.net


Calling All Time Capsules: Last year’s TSA 8th graders can still turn in their middle school Time Capsules. Simply drop it off with Catherine at the middle school or give it to Cynthia at the high school. They will make sure the capsule gets delivered to the top-secret vault at the middle school.


Scholarship and College Info

Upcoming College Visits to TSA:
St. Thomas University – Mon., September 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM
Wheaton College, MA – Mon., September 18, 2017 at 1:40 PM
Lyndon State College (Northern Vermont University) – Mon.,  September 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Warren Wilson College – Mon., September 18, 2017 at 2:45 PM
University of Rochester – Tues., September 19, 2017 at 8:15 AM
Queen’s University – Tues., September 19, 2017 at 8:45 AM
Emmanuel College – Tues., September 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Union College (New York) – Tues., September 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Emerson College – Tues., September 19, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Southern Vermont College – Tues., September 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Albany College of Pharmacy – Tues., September 19, 2017 at 2:30 PM
College Fair in Burlington – MANY – Wed., September 20, 2017  – All TSA 11th & 12th Graders Leave TSA HS Parking Lot at 7:15am
Mount Holyoke College – Thurs., September 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM
Bennington College – Thurs., September 21, 2017 at 9:15 AM
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Thurs., September 21, 2017 at 9:45 AM
University of New England – Thurs., September 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Merrimack College – Thurs., September 21, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Goucher College – Fri., September 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Admission Representatives from Brown, Colby, Dartmouth and Yale visit VT and NH:
Admissions officers from Brown, Colby, Dartmouth and Yale will discuss academic programs, residential colleges and campus life, admissions, and financial aid. All students are welcome to attend. Please bring your family and friends. Registration is optional but encouraged. To register please visit: admissions.yale.edu/events

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:30 PM, Bow High School – 55 Falcon Way / Bow, New Hampshire
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM, Vermont Commons School – 75 Green Mountain Drive / South Burlington, VermontPlease note that these schools do not usually make visits to The Sharon Academy so this is a great opportunity for students who might be interested in applying to these schools. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net


Architecture Programs at RPI: Architecture is an evolving and vibrant field, and would be ideal for students who are interested in the intersection of art and science, sustainability and the power of our built environment to changes the lives of many around the world. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is offering the following options for students and parents to learn more about their programs. To participate, or for additional information, please contact Lecia O’Dell, Student Services Administrator, at odelll@rpi.edu.

1) Campus Visit to RPI for High School Students (includes the Dean’s presentation, Building Science presentation and tours)
Dates available: Tuesday, October 3rd Arrival time 9:00 am OR Tuesday, October 24th Arrival time 9:00 am

2) Webinar (featuring information on the Bachelor of Architecture professional program and also the new B.S. in Building Science program). Webinar Link http://www.arch.rpi.edu/video/forum.mp4

The Bachelor of Architecture undergraduate professional program is five years in length and leads to the Bachelor of Architecture, a first professional degree in Architecture. The program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The students are highly qualified and undertake their architectural studies from the very beginning of their first year. High-performing students may also choose from several dual degree or co-terminal (Masters of Science) options while at Rensselaer.

Below are links to some brochures and further information:

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 


Community Events

October Offerings at Artistree! For a full list of classes, workshops and events:
www.artistreevt.org – 802-457-3500 – info@artistreevt.org

Thursdays in September and October – Open Mic w/ Jim Yeager, 7pm. FREE. Join our relaxed, supportive and fun atmosphere and show off your musical stuff! All levels and abilities are welcome to participate in the open mic experience. Come alone or with a group! Come to play or just to watch! http://www.artistreevt.org/open-mic-nights/

September 15th-October 1st – Godspell. This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world. And now you can join in the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of bright, young stars stirs your soul, raises your spirit, and lifts you right out of your seat. Godspell is presented by the creative team that brought you Cabaret at Pentangle Arts last fall. http://www.artistreevt.org/theatre/

Sunday, September 17th – Milonga with Tango Norte. 3-7pm. Join Tango Norte for a milonga (social dance) at ArtisTree! Schedule: 3:00 PM lesson, 4:00-7:00 PM dance. Dance tickets $15 per person, Lesson $10 per person, Lesson plus dance: $22 per person, Per couple $44. BYOB – Light refreshments will be available. http://www.artistreevt.org/tango-milonga.html

Friday, October 6th – Branch Out Teen Night, 6-9:45pm.

October 6th-22nd – The Marvelous Wonderettes. Welcome to the 1958 Springfield High School prom! Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy are the “Springfield Songleaders.” Fast forward a decade and they reunite to take the stage for their 10-year reunion. With over 30 classic hits from the 50s and 60s including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” and “It’s My Party!” The Marvelous Wonderettes is a musical trip down memory lane. Tickets on sale July 1st, 2017.
Performance dates/times: Thursday, October 5th @ 8pm(preview), Friday, October 6th @ 7:30pm, Saturday, October 7th @ 3pm & 7:30pm, Sunday, October 8th @ 2pm, Thursday, October 12th @ 7:30pm, Friday, October 13th @ 7:30pm, Saturday, October 14th @ 3pm & 7:30pm, Sunday, October 15th @ 2pm, Thursday, October 19th @ 7:30pm, Friday, October 20th @ 7:30pm, Saturday, October 21st @ 3pm & 7:30pm, Sunday, October 22nd @ 2pm http://www.artistreevt.org/theatre/


A Note about a job opportunity from TSA Parent and TSA Board Member, Stephen Farrington:  Colleagues in Puerto Rico are hiring temporary positions to perform field work on an exciting climate science project that has global recognition. Candidates with Spanish language capability are preferred, and should be recent college grads in natural sciences (though I’d guess they might also accept current undergraduate students). For more about the TRACE project, potential applicants can check out forestwarming.org. My daughter Emma, my son Max, and I have all performed work at Sabana Research Station in connection with TRACE. Its a great team of people doing really interesting work in a really cool setting. If you know any TSA alumni this might interest, please pass along the attached hiring announcement. If it’s anyone I know, they’re welcome to use me as a reference. Thanks, Stephen Farrington, sfarrington@transcendengineering.com


Yoga has been proven to be a great way to improve ones overall mental and physical being. Claire Porter offers a class in the village of South Royalton, VT weekly.  She has taught yoga for over 15 yrs. and practicing for almost 35. She has a great mix of students, some as young as teens and some as old as 75. She also taught children for a few years and the elderly – she is certified as a chair yoga instructor. She would like to offer you a free class. She normally charges $12.00 for the class. She has a nice space next to the RB Deli upstairs and plenty of extra mats. She works with people who are new to yoga and with any handicaps. She is also a reflexologist and in tune with the way the body reacts to energy. She calls her form “stretch~yoga”. She offers you a stretch all-over and an easy relaxing experience. Come for a free class. You have nothing to lose but a peaceful mind and all good feelings, bringing mind, body & spirit together. Contact Claire at cporter760@aol.com or call 802-272-4539.


Yoga With Sylvie, Sept 13 – Oct 18 and Nov 15 – Dec 20; 4-5:15 and 5:30-7. Wednesdays at Seven Stars in Sharon, Sylvie Desautels will offer two 6 week sessions of Ansura Yoga.  Beginning class 4-5:15, and Level 1 class 5:30-7.  First class free for newcomers.  Family discount – 10%!  To preregister, contact Sylvie at 802-498-8439 or email sylviedesautels@gmail.com.  Session rates and drop in class rates available.


House for Sale in Sharon, VT: MLS # 4649034   321 Sharon Meadows, Sharon, Vermont. Three bedroom, 1.75 bathroom immaculate ranch with walkout full basement on 1.86 acres. Open concept. Kitchen with center island and pantry. Master bedroom with two closets. Partially finished full basement. Two decks with large lawn. Large open lot with lots of sun and views of the Vermont countryside. This house is close to everything, yet private. Quiet cul-de-sac. Only a 20 minute drive to Lebanon/Hanover or 10 minutes to Vermont Law School. The Town of Sharon offers school choice for Middle and High School. Easy five minute commute to the Sharon Elementary School or Sharon Academy. Easy five minute commute to Interstate 89. Asking price $233,000.  For more information, please contact Jodi Harrington at 802-296-1151 or email luv2sun517@yahoo.com or visit http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/321-Sharon-Mdws_Sharon_VT_05065_M48977-99552.

House for sale in Sharon, VT:
located 3.4 miles up Fay Brook Rd. Address is 3430 Fay Brook Rd. Its a relatively large home. 3 bedrooms one on main floor and upstairs two.  one being a master with full bathroom. Kitchen is open, with dishwasher with lots of counters, wood floors main level and all new carpet upstairs (and in downstairs bedroom). Bathroom on main floor with shower/washer hook up  on main floor. A full garage and side area with lots of storage space. A nice  yard with lawn and small front deck. The home is available Sept 1st. Heated with propane with back up furnace. Contact owner at 802-272-4539, or email: cporter760@aol.com

House for Sale at 4959 Vermont Route 14, across from the church in Sharon, VT. 
 It is a vintage Victorian in town and is within walking distance to store, post office, schools.  The house has been upgraded and restored with blown in insulation, some newer windows. Appliances include: stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, all relatively new and an older washer and dryer.   The house has 3 bedrooms and a full bath up stairs and an additional bonus finished room. The upstairs full bath includes a vintage claw foot tub, new 5” tiled shower and newly tiled floors, vintage pedestal sink with custom tiled backsplash.

Downstairs: laundry/mud room with own entrance.  Country kitchen with a large pantry in addition to cupboards in kitchen.  Large south facing dining room with bay window hardwood floors and wainscotting in both kitchen and dining room with built in china closet. There is a small library/den and a formal living room with a turret housing a baby grand piano.  There are three porches, two enclosed and one open in the front.  the home has a brand new furnace and oil tank, hot water heater, newer roofs on porches and chimney has been repointed.  There is custom wallpaper through out the house.  All knob and tube have been removed to satisfy insurance requirements and the home electric was increased to 100 amps.

Sale Price to be determined. Pictures of the house can be seen by clicking:  HERE
Contact Pamela Mather for more information by calling 802-356-0423 or email: pamelamather7@gmail.com