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Quote of the Week

“Stand up to hypocrisy. If you don't, the hypocrites will teach. Stand up to ignorance, because if you don't, the ignorant will run free to spread ignorance like a disease. Stand up for truth. If you don't, then there is no truth to your existence. If you don't stand up for all that is right, then understand that you are part of the reason why there is so much wrong in the world.” 
― Suzy KassemRise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

News and Quick Links

Chinese Exchange Program Website

International Collaboration Projects Blog Post, featuring Sharon students!: EdWeek

Our SHS Yearbook Collection is now available digitally!

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*Sign up for use of the library during EB or lunch through Sign Up Genius! The system will generate an e-mail, which you can use as a pass. Limit of no more than three sign ups per week to ensure fair access to all students. See Dr. Collins in the library with any questions!

Sign Up Genius for use of library during EB or lunch for research, study, reading time or quiet conversation!

NHS Tutoring Program: Sign Up Here!

Writing Center Sign Up Here!

NoodleTools Electronic Research Tool for Citing Sources and Note-taking; replaces EasyBib 



SHS Library Book Club- have fun reading books and sharing...Wednesdays after school at 2:45, SHS Library!


Databases, Catalog and Other Library Resources


Recommended Reading


More than fifty of today's most acclaimed writers and artists consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just and compassionate democracy through heart-stirring original fiction and art. "The contest for our American identity isn't strictly a political affair. It is also a matter of storytelling." Viet Thanh Nguyen, from the introduction. 

Student Mentors! Next Visit to SMS: May 3rd, Upstander Day

Poem of the Month: April

Who Makes These Changes?
by Rumi
Who makes these changes? 
I shoot an arrow right. 
It lands left. 
I ride after a deer and find myself 
Chased by a hog. 
I plot to get what I want 
And end up in prison. 
I dig pits to trap others 
And fall in. 
I should be suspicious 
Of what I want. 

Inner Strength: Words of Wisdom

When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper; They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.

Chris Colfer


You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

Winston Churchill

One Act of Kindness

One Act of Kindness
Put all tracts. Manifestos. Agendas aside
Is worth all the philosophies of the world.
One act of Kindness
When someone is really down
Is worth all the Political Movements of the world.
One act of Kindness
When you yourself are down
Is worth all the Political Movements of the world.
One act of Kindness
Not to change the world but to change yourself
Is worth all the Economic Systems of the world.
One Act of Kindness
Goes beyond the reach of language.
It is the shine of teardrops melting through the snow.
Gerald Martin Collins

China Exchange Program Info Sessions This May!

Web Seal of Excellence Award

See Dr. Collins or Ms. Weston to Sign Up for Info about the Tanzania, Africa July 2019 Expedition!

Sharon STEM Talks

Check the Sharon STEM Talks website for this year's event dates! Join us Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.- Topic is Global Health! Thank you, Sharon Education Foundation for continued grant funding this year! Did you know our Sharon STEM Talks Series received an Ellen Berne Pathfinder Award from MSLA in 2017 for innovative school library programming? 

China Travel Opportunity!

Interested in learning more about our District's Chinese Exchange Program? See Dr. Collins in the Library: Accepting applications now for Fall host families! All students eligible to host. For more info., see the Chinese Exchange Program Website and attend our Info Session on May 16th, 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the SHS Library! Bring your parents/guardians! Students who attend have top priority to go to China next March!

On Being an Upstander

Upstander Day: May 3rd, Sharon Middle School

All Student Mentors Welcome! See Dr. Collins in the Library to sign up!

Are You an Upstander or a Bystander?

Inspiring Thought of the Day

If there are no heroes to save you, then you be the hero

Denpa Kyoshi

Bullying Defined...

Synonyms that reflect the seriousness of bullying: Psychological Violence, Psychological Harassment, Personal Harassment, 'Status-Blind' Harassment, Mobbing, Emotional Abuse 

Euphemisms intended to trivialize bullying and its impact on bullied people: Incivility, Disrespect, Difficult People, Personality Conflict, Negative Conduct, Ill Treatment

Not calling bullying "bullying," in order to avoid offending the sensibilities of those who made the bullying possible, is a disservice to bullied individuals whose jobs, careers, and health have been threatened as the result. Tom Engelhardt said it wisely when he said, "Words denied mean analyses not offered, things not grasped, surprise not registered, strangeness not taken in, all of which means that terrible mistakes are repeated, wounding ways of acting in the world never seriously reconsidered. The words' absence chains you to the present, to what's accepted and acceptable."

Source: Workplace Bullying Institute

Join the ADL Club!

"ADL leads the way in creating respectful, inclusive and civil environments. These goals also reflect our core values—values we actively promote in every community we reach. ADL carries out this charge globally and locally, inside and outside classrooms, serving diverse populations.

Change happens only when everyone understands how bigoted words can lead to discrimination and violent actions; what threats to democracy and individual rights look like, including silently standing by; and what responsible, participatory citizens need to do to bring about a just, civil society." See ADL website for more info!

Club Meetings: Mondays, after school in the library: Ms. Mitlin's Office    Advisors: Dr. Cathy Collins, Ms. Margie Mitlin

Bagels and Books

Bagels and Books! This year we've decided on a Global Reads theme:

B&B meets once a month during Eagle Block in the SHS Library to discuss the chosen "read" of the month and share a bagel brunch. All books available at SHS Library. First meeting will be held on Sept. 26th: "In the Shadow of the Sun," by Anne Sibley O'Brien. Stop by the library for a copy. See Ms. Collins for more info. All students welcome to participate on a drop in basis. 


Description: JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.

This year's schedule of Bagels & Books for the first half of the school year: Sept. 26th, Oct. 5th, Nov. 7th, Dec. 19th, Jan. 18th

More Recommended Reading

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend's fatal shooting by a police officer.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil's death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr's best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr's neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does -- or does not -- say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

JSTOR Academic Database

Quote of the Month: April

"The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person."

Mary Elizabeth Williams


PTSO YA Author Series! Nancy Werlin, April 23rd, EB

Nancy Werlin, April 23rd Eagle Block: Library

Sign Up online to attend!

About Nancy

Nancy Werlin writes young adult fiction: from Edgar-award winning suspense to New York Times bestselling fantasy. Crime fiction maven Sarah Weinman says about Nancy: “Simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period.”

Are You a Bystander or an Upstander?

Are you a bystander or an upstander?

At some time, everyone becomes a bystander—someone who witnesses bullying but doesn’t get involved.

You can be an upstander instead—the person who knows what’s happening is wrong and does something to make things right.  It takes courage to speak up on someone’s behalf.  But just think: by doing so, you are becoming a person of character and also helping someone else.

Here are some things you can safely do:

  • Don’t join in the bullying
  • Support the victim in private—show your concern and offer kindness
  • Stand with the victim and say something
  • Mobilize others to join in and stand up to the bully
  • Befriend the victim and reach out to him/her in friendship
  • Alert a trusted adult

Do not worry – you are not ratting the bully out by telling an adult.  There’s a big difference between tattling and reporting a concern. Tattling is telling to get someone in trouble, reporting is telling to get someone out of trouble.

Remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s words: “In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”


Source: Bully Prevention Center, a division of CAPS