Thetford Academy’s Student of the Month for December 2016 is a junior who is almost always smiling. She is also a very hard-working individual, and it is this intertwining of work and play that make Emma Bauer shine.
Emma’s successes are many. She is a brilliant mathematics student, placing out of Geometry by teaching herself the course material over a summer and then performing beautifully on the final exam. Madame Heinzmann reported that Emma has “an … read more
Inspired by reading William Kamkwamba’s book, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, Dean of Academics Marc Chabot's high school physics students will build Do-It-Yourself solar-based charging units to power a device that is used in their day-to-day life, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP).
In a project related to an existing unit on DC circuits, students will learn about the practical applications of circuits. With off-the-shelf components, and using simple 6V, 240mA solar panels, students … read more
The cross country (Nordic) ski program, made possible through the Woodbury Foundation and the Thetford Academy Outdoor Initiative, will begin with informal practices on Dec. 7, with the official season set to begin on Jan. 4. It is not too late to sign up, and beginners are welcome (no experience is necessary)! Please contact Coach Ashley Denk or Assistant Coach Rose Dedam as soon as possible to sign up.
Cross country ski practices will be held after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. There … read more
Our November Student of the Month is one of the hardest working seniors at TA. She puts 100% into everything she does. Her class work, day after day, demonstrates her determination to understand complex material, to do her best thinking and writing, and to get the most out of her time in and out of the classroom. Her teachers say that she is not afraid to offer a comment in class even if she is … read more
The 2016-17 robotics season has begun!
At the first New Hampshire / Vermont regional tournament (Trinity High School Granite State VRC Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29), Thetford Academy’s Team 4886 was well represented among 34 competing teams. Team 4886B, Black Mesa, consisting of Senior Janos Groszek (who was away at a college open house) and 7th grader Tate Whiteberg, finished in ninth place. Team 4486A, Aperture Science, with senior Justin Duguay and eighth grader Alex Holzer, finished 17th. Team … read more
Director of Admissions Wendy Cole has announced a December Admissions Open House for prospective families and students interested in learning about how Thetford Academy "celebrates the worth of all students, nurtures their strengths, and challenges them to meet their potential."
Scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in TA's Martha Jane Rich Theater in Anderson Hall, the Open House will feature faculty members, students, and parents sharing their experiences and student admissions ambassadors conducting tours of the campus.
For more information, contact … read more
Despite cold, mud, and rain, the Thetford Academy middle school girls finished first and the boys competed well in the Middle School Cross Country Championship, which took place Saturday, Oct. 29, on the trails at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.
Of 200 runners in the boys' 3-kilometer race, eighth grader Nathan Brooker (see photo, below) broke into top 10, finishing in 10th place.
Of the 200 runners in the girls' race, the eight-person team of Madi Powers, Emma Powers, Layla Hanissian, Jane Goodrich, Anne … read more
What does it take to be the kind of strong student who earns the title “TA’s Student of the Month”? Being a strong student does mean speaking up and speaking well, and our student of the month does both of these things eloquently. But there is also something good that comes from listening extraordinarily—listening with an alertness so intent you can practically see her absorbing language and observing images and social dynamics.
It is this active observing … read more
On Sunday, Oct. 16, the 11th annual CHaD Hero event took place in Hanover, NH. Thousands of people ran, walked, biked, hiked, and volunteered to support the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD). With 15 locations in Vermont and New Hampshire, CHaD provides care for sick children and support for their families during their care. The CHaD Hero event has raised over $5 million over the past 11 years, with a goal of $800,000 in 2016.
This … read more
The TA Outing Club enjoyed beautiful fall weather for an overnight trip to Mt. Cardigan, N.H. The group left after school on Friday, Oct. 14, and hiked 1.1 miles to the Clark Brooke, a remote group campsite on the east side of Mt. Cardigan on the AMC Cardigan Reserve.
Despite temperatures dropping to the low 20s overnight, the group was in high spirits for breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 15, and students hiked the remaining 2.4 miles at a brisk pace to … read more
The weather could not have been better for Thetford Academy's 38th annual Mountain Day. On Friday, Sept. 16, each class hiked one of the six nearby mountains: 7th Grade - Mt. Cube; 8th Grade - Black Mountain; 9th Grade - Smarts Mountain; 10th Grade - Mt. Cardigan; 11th Grade - Mt. Ascutney; and 12th Grade - Mt. Moosilauke. There was also an alternative hike.
This great TA tradition, started by former Headmaster Fredrick G. Torrey, is one … read more
On Thursday, Sept. 1 the Class of 2020 and their faculty advisors spent the day at the Hulbert Outdoor Center on Lake Morey, in Fairlee, VT. With 65 students making up the freshman class, including 28 who are brand new to TA this year, this trip offered the opportunity for the students to get to know one another through fun team building activities.
Working in groups of 10-11 students, a combination of new and returning, students zip-lined … read more
This summer, The Woodbury Foundation awarded Thetford Academy a $55,000 grant to support Year Two of the school’s Environmental Science and Outdoor Education Initiative, which the school launched with the Foundation’s support in 2015.
Last year, the renewable grant (also in the amount of $55,000) helped Thetford Academy begin to implement a vision to integrate outdoor and environmental education across the school’s curriculum and into the fabric of the school’s mission and values. To indicate its … read more
This summer, Design Technology teacher Chris Schmidt and a team of eight Thetford Academy students spent a week in the woods improving and expanding TA's trail network. They enhanced two existing 'ghost' trails, now named the Fireplace and Ridge Trails. The crew then added trail signs (designed and created in the Design Tech shop), blazes, two new bridges, and 1200 feet of new trail on Thetford Academy land.
Part of TA's Environmental Science and Outdoor Education Initiative, the … read more
Thetford Academy’s 2016-17 theme comes from a Jane Goodall quote:
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
I like this quote because it aptly states the power that all of us have to make an impact on this small world of ours — whether that impact is positive … read more
On July 5, a local foundation awarded Thetford Academy a $25,000 grant and pledged an additional $100,000 over the next four years to support Thetford Academy’s Environmental Science and Outdoor Education Center and the Fund for Thetford Academy. The foundation, which has asked to remain anonymous, is committed to both educational and environmental concerns.
TA’s Environmental Science and Outdoor Education Center is the recipient of $20,000 of this summer’s $25,000 gift, and the remaining $5,000 has … read more
“Consider that the mind is capable of an endless growth.”—Asa Burton, one of the founders, urging citizens of Thetford to establish TA in 1819We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.Our mission is to celebrate the unique worth of all students, to nurture their strengths, and to challenge them to fulfill their potential.
We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.
We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.
We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.
We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.
We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.