TSA Newsletter, September 8th, 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 11th & 12th Grade Students – 8am – 1pm
Thurs 21 HS Information Night – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wed – Fri 27 – 29 MS at Heifer Overlook Farm

To download a copy of the TSA School Calendar for 2016/2017, please click here: TSA 2017/18 School Calendar




Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped set-up, wash dishes and clean up at this year’s TSA Potluck. We had over 20 parent volunteers, and a few students, step up to help with this year’s event. And this year’s potluck has been termed by many as one of our most successful in recent years. Thank you volunteers! We couldn’t pull off this type of event or frankly, even run our school without you

Congratulations to Georgia Quackenbos’19,
who won the Cover Photo Contest of Pony & Style Magazine. Georgia is a very talented photographer and often shares her skills around TSA. You can view her cover photo as well as some of her other photos on the magazine’s web site: http://horseandstylemag.com/editorial/pony-style-vol-2-2017-is-here.html


We all know of the importance of hydration to learning. And now, thanks to an anonymous donor we have a new water fountain at the high school that fills water bottles. This angel is helping our students while helping the environment. In just the first week of school we have saved almost 1,000 plastic water bottles from landing in our landfill. Thank you!

Correction from last week’s Appreciations:  we had quite a few (5 or 6) non-senior Orientation leaders for the 9th graders, including several 10th and 11th graders. Sorry we left you out. Thank you for also helping our 9th graders feel welcome!



All School News

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


Thank you to those of you that have taken the time to complete The Sharon Academy’s Emergency Contact Information Form. We require families to complete this form each year, so that we always have current information on file. Please Note: students will not be allowed to go on field trips without this completed form. The information you supply will serve several purposes:
* To contact you in case of an emergency
* To provide the State of Vermont with information they require about our students
* To help TSA do a better job of communicating throughout the year.

Before you start you will need the following items:
 Primary Physician’s name and phone number
* List of any medications your student is taking
* Emergency contact information for three adults (other than parents/guardians)
* Grandparent contact information.
The form will only take about 10 minutes to completeWe will send you a spreadsheet directory organized by class, the second week of school. If you haven’t done so already, please click here to take The Sharon Academy Emergency Contact Information Form: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eeew8a22j5l48y15/start


VT Humanities Council Book Discussion: Brown Girl Dreaming, Monday, September 11, 2017; 5:30 – 7:30 – Free and open to the public. We are pleased to announce that The Sharon Academy, in collaboration with the Baxter Memorial Library and Seven Stars Arts Center, is participating in the Vermont Reads Program, a program in which the Vermont Humanities Council invites citizens across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes. The book selected for 2017 is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. This beautiful memoir of the author’s childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examines the strength of family bonds. In reflecting on this book, Ms. Woodson remarked, “Raised in South Carolina and New York, I always felt halfway home in each place. In [this book], I share what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and my growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. It also reflects the joy of finding my voice through writing stories, despite the fact that I struggled with reading as a child. My love of stories inspired and stayed with me, creating the first sparks of the writer that I was to become.” A group of TSA high school students read this book, and all of them rated it a seven out of 10 or above. It is accessible to a wide range of ages and backgrounds and is a great starting place for facilitating meaningful conversations. I am so excited to connect people in our town over a shared experience. I hope many of you decide to take part. We received 50 copies from the Vermont Humanities Council! So stop by the library or if you see copies on display around town, pick one up! This first event will be Monday, September 11th at 5:30pm at The Sharon Academy High School. This will serve as an opening discussion of the book, like a book club. If you can, stop by the Baxter Library so you can read it over the weekend! Hours: Tu-Fri 2-6; Sat 9-12


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. Recipient of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. TRY is an environmental leadership opportunity for students in grades 7-12. It is an environmental education program taught by teens and 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. TRY 4-H20 examines the water cycle, watersheds, water quality and health, and aquatic life. For more information, please contact  at  or visit Learn more at https://go.uvm.edu/teen-leadership-programs


Did you know that the TSA’s Free/Reduced Lunch Program provides you more than a free lunch? Even if your family qualifies but does not participate in the Free/Reduced Lunch or wishes to not take advantage of it at this time, it can be helpful with other discount programs or if a lunch is forgotten from time to time. Please take the time to fill out and return the application.  All income information remains confidential and eligibility questions are answered with a yes or a no.

Income Eligibility Information:

FRLP Application:

Please return your filled out form to Cynthia Masterman. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Cynthia via email at: cmasterman@sharonacademy.net or call (802) 763 – 2500


A Special Message from TSA’s HS Div. III History Teacher, Kimberly Barnhart: As a parent, for years I have used the website www.commonsensemedia.org for help navigating the age-appropriateness of videos, games, books and other content. I can type the name of a movie into the search bar and get detailed information from parents, kids and parenting experts.  My kids know that when they request to see a movie, we always will check Common Sense Media first. Checking out possible superhero movies, it is very clear that the movie “Deadpool” is not recommended for young teens (and why), but “Spiderman” is. The site offers other tools for parents as well. For example, this week’s email included a link to a helpful blog post called “Hack the School Year: When your teen needs to buckle down, take a tip from the pros and use apps and plug-ins to keep them on task.”: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/hack-the-school-year?j=5350026&l=512_HTML&u=81295501&mid=7000332&jb=116&utm_source=082517+Teen&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly
I hope you find this tool as useful as I do. Kimberly Barnhart 


Shop and Support TSA at the same time!  Do you shop on Amazon.com?  If you do, at no extra cost to you, you could be helping raise money for The Sharon Academy at the same time.  If you would simply switch to Amazon Smile (exact same company, shopping experience, and any account you currently have with Amazon.com automatically links to Amazon Smile), Amazon will donate 0.5% of your qualifying purchases (applies to most products) to The Sharon Academy. To designate your Amazon Smile account to link to The Sharon Academy, simply go to: http://smile.amazon.com/

Once you have signed into Amazon Smile (with your email address and password), at the top of the screen you should see where it says:  “Supporting:”, click on this and it should lead you to instructions to designate a charity. Please designate:  “The Sharon Academy”.  Once you do this designation, every time you go to Amazon Smile, it should say:  “Supporting:  The Sharon Academy” at the top of your screen.  You shouldn’t need to do anything else to make this work. This program is confidential, The Sharon Academy receives no information about you or your Amazon.com account or shopping habits. Now shop away and donate to TSA at the same time. Thanks for your support!


Phoenix Sports

Get Involved:  Join TSA’s Athletic Booster Club. This important club is for students and adults who wish to support the athletics at TSA. Your help is needed to volunteer for events and activities that raise money for our athletics department, make decisions about how to raise the money, and decide how to spend it. Join in the fun, volunteer today. Contact TSA Athletic Booster Club President, Kim Knoerlein for more information by emailing her at: kdk13vt@gmail.com


Hoop Needed for TSA MS: The TSA Middle School is looking for a portable basketball hoop for their outdoor recess space. Basketball is a popular activity for our middle schoolers during their recess time and we currently do not have a functional hoop. If you have a basketball hoop that does not get much use anymore, please consider donating it to the middle school. Our hope is that we will be able to raise enough money through the TSA Booster Club to eventually install an in-ground, permanent basketball hoop at the middle school. In the meantime, if you have a hoop you are willing to donate, we will pick it up. Please email Blake Fabrikant at bfabrikant@sharonacademy.net


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 varsity 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:

TSA Varsity Girls Soccer 1 South Royalton 2

TSA Varsity Boys Soccer 2 Craftsbury 1


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 is underway for all.
  You can access the practice and game schedule at: http://sharonacademy.org/athletics/athletics-calendar/

TSA’s XC Team will race on Tue, 12 Sept. at Thetford.

VB Away, Twinfield – 
Tue, September 12, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
VG Away, Twinfield – Tue, September 12, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
VG Away, Craftsbury – Sat, September 16, 11:00am – 12:30pm
VB Away, Craftsbury – Sat, September 16, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

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:
2017 Farm Overnight Packing List and Program Handbook
Heifer Packet and Packing List


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 night, please contact Catherine, cfarrington@sharonacademy.net, for information on how to access your student’s online Gradelink account.



High School News

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 at 6:30 pm in Moore Hall (The Pit). Senior students and their parents are encouraged to attend. The focus of the evening will be post-secondary planning.  Ellen Bagnato, TSA’s Director of College and Career Advising, will:

  • Share important dates and tips for applying to college
  • Give an overview of how 12th graders are supported with their post-secondary planning in school and highlight what work students need to do outside of school.
  • Share an overview of the upcoming college fair and UVM tour that 11th and 12th graders will participate in on Wednesday, Sept 20
  • Share tips on how to approach post-secondary planning no matter where you or your child are in the process
  • Allow time for questions and sharing

We look forward to seeing you! 


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.


Grown & Flown:  Online Community for Parents of High School and College Students. Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington started Grown and Flown because they saw that there was very little in the digital space about parenting 15-25 year olds. As experienced moms of five children (20-26) in their two families, they know that raising kids can be both daunting and gratifying. G&F is now the only large digital site that addresses the span of a family’s life when kids enter high school through the college years and beyond as they enter full-fledged adulthood. Mary Dell and Lisa also have an insanely engaged Facebook page (over 180k Likes) where they curate the most insightful writing from across the web that pertains to parenting older kids. And Grown and Flown is much more than two moms discussing their own parenting experiences. With an expansive library including writing from 200 contributors, the site has covered hundreds of topics, including:

  • How to help your child start off on the right foot as a 9th grader
  • Best ways to support your teen through junior year
  • How to help your high school kid deal with stress
  • Professor’s best advice for college freshman
  • And more.For more information, please contact  at  or visit https://grownandflown.com/


Scholarship and College Info

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/


A note from Ellen Bagnato, TSA Director of Career and College Advising:
Dear 12th Graders and 12th Grade Parents, This is a follow up to the communication that was sent out in the spring regarding registration for standardized tests. The Sharon Academy STRONGLY recommends that all seniors take the SAT or ACT at least once before January 1st of their senior year.  This is important even if you are not applying to college.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this. There are a limited number of test dates and locations in the fall.  Some of the dates conflict with athletic events for TSA students.  For this reason it is important to plan and register for a test now. Below is a list of test dates and potential athletic conflicts.  Following that is a link to the SAT and ACT websites.  I encourage students to register for an early test date and not wait until December. Registering for a test takes some time, patience and a credit card.  It can be confusing.  I am happy to help. Don’t hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to working with you all!
Ellen Bagnato

Test Dates 2016:
Sept 10:  ACT, registration deadline is past.  (Varsity Girls Game)
Oct 7– SAT, registration deadline Sept 8 or Sept 27 with late fee
Oct 28– ACT, registration deadline Sept 22 or Oct 6 with late fee
Nov 4– SAT, registration deadline Oct 5 or Oct 25 with late fee
Dec 2– SAT, registration deadline Nov 2 or Nov 21 with late fee
Dec 9– ACT, registration deadline Nov 3 or Nov 17 with late fee

For more information about test dates:
SAT Test Dates:
ACT Test Dates:

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at ebagnato@sharonacademy.net 


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 


Student and Adult Help Needed for this weekend’s SPROUTY! For more information contact Kevin Gish, kevin.gish@gmail.com


Community Events

Join Us for THE SPROUTY! 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Fun Run: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00a.m. (Kids’ run 10:15a.m.) at Sharon Elementary School. Registration: www.thesprouty.com
Same day registration starts at 8am and ends at 8:45 (Kids under 12 are free)
Contact: Kevin Gish, kevin.gish@gmail.com
Music by Still More Cats 2! Free lettuce plant from Dandelion Acres for all participants! Free T-shirts to the first 150 registrants. The Skinny Pancake will be there selling their signature crepes! Proceeds support the Farm to School program at the Sharon Elementary School.


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 previously used for my son’s entertainment.  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


The Morrisons’ (TSA alum family) of Another Button Farm in Tunbridge are offering heritage breed pasture raised pork for sale.  Prices vary for individual cuts or if you have freezer space it can be purchased by the whole or half and cut and packaged as you desire.  All inclusive price per pound when purchasing by the whole or half is $4.25 a pound hanging weight.  If you are interested in tasty pork email anotherbutton@gmail.com or check out our website for more info:  anotherbuttonfarm.com