TSA Newsletter, September 22, 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 21 HS Information Night – 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Wed – Fri 27 – 29 MS at Heifer Overlook Farm

October 2017

Thurs 5 HS trip to Chandler Music Hall in Randolph to see To Kill a Mockingbird, 9:15am – 12:30pm – Note Change in time and that this is for HS students only (change from previous announcement)
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
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 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 Chris Jernsted, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College – for coming to talk to TSA students yesterday and last Thursday. What an honor and amazing opportunity for our students. Chris’ work has informed our teachers in past years and significantly changed their practices. And now students have the opportunity to learn from Chris and change their learning practices as well.

Thank you to TSA alumni parent, Lucia Jackson
for organizing work parties to help adapt the home of TSA Teacher Kathleen Moore in Hartland. See more details and how to volunteer to help in the Community Service section below.

Thank you to all of the TSA students who helped with the HS Information Night
last night. Student volunteers helped with set up, making sure parents didn’t get lost, and clean up too. Thank you student volunteers!

We have a new sports editor for the newsletter: Anika Eastman ’21
will be taking this duty over. She will also be managing the Athletics Booster facebook page. You can check out her work here in the newsletter and on the Athletic Booster facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tsaboosterclub/
Thanks for the help Anika!


All School News

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

Donald Mabbott our new teacher at the MS could really use a larger desk.  Do you have one you could donate?  His current desk is approximately 30″ x 30″.  Anything larger would be helpful. Please contact Catherine Farrington at the MS if you have one to spare at cfarrington@sharonacademy.net


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 1st 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!


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


Phoenix Sports

Brought to you by Sports Editor, Anika Eastman ’21

Phoenix Game Results:

TSA VB 2, Craftsbury 1 – Saturday, Sept. 16th at Craftsbury. Great game by the Varsity Boys.
TSA VB 1, Cabot 1 – Monday, Sept. 18th at home. A great game played by the boys, the score was still tied after double overtime.
The varsity boys are now 3-0-1!

TSA VG 1, Craftsbury 4 – Saturday, Sept. 16th at Craftsbury. Tough loss by the Varsity Girls, but we all know they worked hard!
TSA VG 1, Cabot 1 – Monday, Sept. 18th at home. Amazing effort by the girls, who also ended the game in a 1-1 score after double overtime.

TSA JVG 1, Lebanon 10 – Tuesday, Sept. 19th at Lebanon. Tough loss for the JV girls, but they improved greatly the second half with Mayci LeDuc ‘21 making an amazing goal.

TSA MS 3, Strafford 3 – Monday, Sept. 18th at Strafford. Great game for the middle school, with TSA starting out in the lead. Margot Frost, ‘22, Jackson Nichols, ‘22, and Daniel Henderson, ‘22 each scored a goal.


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/


XC Randolph Invitational; Sat, September 30, 11:00am – 12:30pm


VB Away at Rivendell; Sat, September 23, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

VB Away at Mid VT; Tue, September 26, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

VB Home v Chelsea; Fri, September 29, 4:30pm – 6:00pm


VG Away at Rivendell; Sat, September 23, 11:00am – 12:30pm

VG Home v Chelsea; Thu, September 28, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

VG Away at Cabot; Sat, September 30, 11:00am – 12:30pm


JVB Away at Windsor; Mon, September 25, 4:00pm – 5:30pm


JVG Away at Windsor; Mon, September 25, 4:00pm – 5:30pm


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

MS Home v Strafford; Tue, September 26, 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:



High School News


Props Needed for Interim production of Rock of Ages:  It’s that time of year again; the planning begins for TSA’s HS Interim and their production of Rock of Ages. Below is a list of props we will be needing for this year’s show. Please, please, please take a look at the list and let Jillian Sherwin or Finley Lord, heads of props committee, know if you would be willing to donate one or more of the below items for interim. For more information, please contact Jillian Sherwin at jsherwin@sharonacademy.net

  • 80’s Cell Phone
  • Slurpee Cups
  • Mid-80’s Newspaper
  • 80’s Tape Recorder
  • 80’s Tiger Beat Magazines
  • Mid-80’s magazines
  • L.A. Travel Booklet
  • 80’s Briefcase
  • Red bow-tie (Preferably pre-tied/clip on)
  • Gasoline container (washed, no trace of gasoline: smell, residue, etc. )
  • Large, fake potted plant
  • Bar glasses
  • Rock and Roll “knick-knacks”, a.k.a rock and roll theme based items
  • Chains


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 


Women Can Do Conference – Thursday October 12, 2017; 7:45am – 3:00pm; $20. FORMS & FEES DUE TO CHRISTA MONDAY 9/25/17. Women Can Do is a one-day career immersion experience for 9-12th grade girls from across Vermont. It features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in the skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. At Women Can Do, girls may operate an excavator, weld, climb a fire ladder, build a robot, design a 3D model, create an online game, wield a chainsaw, extract DNA from cells, or change a tire. More than 35 workshops highlight careers in architecture and engineering, computer programming, green energy, natural resources, public safety and health, communications, trades, and other non-traditional careers for women. See Christa for workshop descriptions and registration forms. If the registration fee is an obstacle, PLEASE contact Christa or another TSA staff and we will work together to figure out a solution! For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net or visit http://www.vtworksforwomen.org/programs/high-school-girls/women-can-do.


National (Art) Portfolio Day is on Sunday, October 22 in Boston. Students interested in the visual arts should consider attending. It’s a really great opportunity to show your work, receive feedback, and meet individually with representatives from art and design colleges and universities. It’s an amazing vibe to be surrounded by likeminded artists! Please connect with Laura DeCapua, Director of Visual Arts at TSA if you have any additional questions. You can email Laura at: ldecapua@sharonacademy.net  For more information, you can also visit:  http://www.portfolioday.net/2017-18-schedule/event/67


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


Scholarship and College Info


Upcoming College Visits to TSA:
Whitman College – Tues., September 26, 2017 at 11:45 AM
Lewis & Clark College – Thurs., September 28, 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


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


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 

Reading Buddies Needed at Sharon Elementary School.
 Volunteers needed during D block – for 4th grade reading buddies. For more information please contact Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net

Volunteers are being organized to work a second week to adapt the home of TSA Teacher Kathleen Moore in Hartland.
Work will include widening doors, installing a fully handicap accessible bathroom, putting in low closets, adding another exit, insulation, outdoor patio, grab bars everywhere and adding a kitchenette for independence.  The Moores are paying for all construction supplies, while Cover is supervising the volunteer labor! The work week will be Monday Sept 25th to Friday, Sept 29th.  They need at least 5 volunteers each day.  They also need a mix of experienced carpenters and less experienced folks each day.  If you know anyone else who might be interested, please forward this email! For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact TSA Alumni parent, Lucia Jackson at: revlucia13@gmail.com 

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

We have fashion models in our midst! There are several TSA students participating in the Tip Top Couture Fashion Extravaganza Oct 7th at Briggs Opera House. Rory Livingston’20 and her mom, Elaine Livingston; Lowry Newswanger ’20, Poppy Tans ’20, and TSA HS Teacher, Kimberly Barnhart will all be strutting the cat walk at the Briggs Opera House. Come see them all in the show and then dance the rest of the night away. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. $15 admission, with all proceeds benefitting the local non-profit, JAG Productions. For more info click here: http://shoptherev.com/hello-world/

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:

Fall Open House at Seven Stars, 09/24/17; 11:30am-2:30pm. 
Join us for a free community pot luck, yoga sampler, and “spotlight” recital/performances by a few of our students, teachers, and ensembles. Meet our new teachers and see what classes or lessons YOU might want to take at Seven Stars! For more information, please contact Shannon Stoddard at Shannon@sevenstarsarts.org or visit www.sevenstarsarts.org

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/



Help Wanted: Dan Fraser at Dan and Whit’s is actively looking for kids to hire for a variety of jobs and shifts. Student’s can get a regular shift every week, or just ‘pick up’ shifts as they come available. He is exceptionally good at working with teens and with teen schedules. Must be 16 years old or older. For more information email Dan at dan@danandwhits.com or call (802) 649-1602.

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