Since his arrival to Thetford Academy in early May, Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) Coordinator Scott Ellis has designed the TA outdoor after school program and refined TA's half-day environmental studies and outdoor education course, both of which will launch this fall. The class is nearing full enrollment; sign-ups for the after school program will begin in the fall.
The mission of TA's outdoor initiative, now known as Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP), is to ignite academic curiosity and foster environmental stewardship through outdoor exploration, recreation and project-based, … read more
The TA 2017 Trail Crew enjoyed hot and dry weather for a week of work in the woods on June 12-16.
Students Frank Loveland, Tad Darrah, Ryan Pepe, Sachin Rampersaud, Emma Thorburn, and Gabe Gaetz, and Design Technology faculty member Chris Schmidt, with the help of new Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) coordinator Scott Ellis, braved the heat, ticks, and black flies to improve the trail system behind the school.
In addition to performing annual maintenance, the crew completed several major projects. … read more
On Friday June 9, members of the Thetford Academy Class of 2017 received their diplomas and made the transition from high school senior to high school graduate and TA alumni.
On this beautiful Vermont summer evening, around 500 people gathered on the front lawn of Thetford Academy to support the 67 members of the Class of 2017, as students gave speeches, received awards, and ultimately received the coveted piece of paper they had been working towards over the last four years.
We … read more
The Timber Framing class built the first third of a new outdoor classroom during the spring semester of 2018. Next year's Timber Framing class will complete the structure by June 2018. Below is a photo spread depicting the students' progress from concept to reality:
The project began as the class divided into three groups of three to four students each, with each group preparing competing designs using Google Sketch-Up and constructed models. At top, junior Sam Kidder and senior Kai Hotelling-O'Connor explain … read more
Timber Framed Outdoor Classroom Takes Shape
With the assistance of a giant crane, Chris Schmidt's Timber Framing class has now raised the frame for the first third of TA's new 24 x 32 foot Outdoor Classroom.
On June 1-2, the class erected two "bents," which together make up one of the three "bays" the structure will contain when next year's Timber Framing class brings the building to completion in May and June 2018.
After completing computer-assisted drawings in Google Sketch-Up in January, students built scale models of the structure and presented … read more
June’s Student of the Month, junior Hallie Zens, is an asset to Thetford Academy in and beyond the classroom. She is an exceptionally curious and thoughtful student. In science, she asks fantastic questions and often starts sentences with the words, “It's so amazing that...” She finds wonder in the way the world and the people in it function and interact.
Señoras Brettell and Chambers, who have travelled with Hallie on two foreign trips, echo that sentiment, … read more
TA's May Student of the Month strongly exemplifies the spirit of community that we value here, specifically commitment to her class and peers, participation in school life and activities, and academic excellence. Despite being a newcomer to the Pantherdome, Moriah Hammond has made a big impression on our school.
Madame Heinzmann comments, “She has dived right in during her year with us, including doing some important work on behalf of the senior class.” Mr. Deffner writes, “In … read more
Thanks to a host of volunteer organizers and blood donors, the Student Council sponsored a very successful Red Cross Blood Drive at TA on Friday, May 5, collecting 28 pints of blood from 26 donors.
"A special thanks to our donors," said event organizer, Student Council advisor, and social studies teacher Kelly Welsh, "especially the staff, community members, and students who contributed time, snacks, and most importantly much needed blood, right before the time of year when the need rises and … read more
Robotics Alumni Win Accolades in U-Worlds
Thetford Academy’s robotics team 4886 completed an excellent 2016-17 competition year with our seventh straight visit to the VEX World Championship in Louisville, KY, during April break.
This year, TA team 4886B—Black Mesa—represented Vermont and New Hampshire as the top middle school team in the twin states. Alex Holzer, 8th grade, and Tate Whiteberg, 7th grade, made a good showing, going 5-4-1 in ten competitions against the best teams in the world, with several … read more
Just as the sun was coming up on sleepy Thetford Hill on the morning of April 10, 35 TA 7th graders, six chaperones, and TA's trusty bus driver, Patrick, pulled out of Thetford Academy and began the 10+ hour drive to Washington D.C. The bus was filled with excitement and anticipation. A couple of movies, a few rounds of bingo, some highway rest stops, and 500 miles later, the TA crew made it to the … read more
Nine students in Karyn Neubauer's art classes are taking part in the AVA Gallery and Art Center's 9th Annual High School Exhibition from Feb. 17 - March 10 at the gallery's Lebanon, N.H. location: Connor Brown, Dahlia Klarich, Emily Fishman, Megan Graber, Hannah Harkins, Hannah Young, Daniel Goldberg, Lindsey Martin, and Leah Kaliski.
During the opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17, two TA students received awards: Daniel Goldberg won First Place in the painting category, with "Artemis" (above), and Hannah H. won an Honorable Mention for her painting "Meh." All first place winners … read more
Beginning on Feb. 7, TA is launching a Maker Space program after school on Tuesdays from 2:20 to 3:15 p.m.
Entitled "What Will You Make," the program will provide students opportunities to work with wood, fiber arts, culinary arts, 3D printing, jewelry making, and more.
Interested students should see Kara Toms, Rebecca Walter-Proulx, or Sue Farrell for more information. The program will meet in Jennifer Gernhard’s room. Students may sign up in the Main Office.
For more information about TA's foray into the Maker Space movement, see … read more
Each year, the Thetford Academy Alumni Association (TAAA) organizes several major fundraisers for the benefit of TA students. Through their extraordinary efforts, they raise thousands of dollars by running the concessions at the Woods Trail Run and Vermont Cross Country Championships and by hosting the annual Alumni Holiday Craft Bazaar.
This fall, TA faculty submitted funding proposals for the alumni association's consideration, and at its January meeting TAAA reviewed the proposals and dispersed just over $7,000 from their earnings, as follows:
$500 for … read more
With its long history of experiential education, Thetford Academy seems tailor-made for the maker movement. So when Norwich’s Montshire Museum of Science put out a call for school partners in the Google-funded Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation, TA’s teachers jumped at the chance to apply. In December, Thetford Academy, along with nine other local Vermont and New Hampshire schools, was selected to be a part of the initiative as a “Making Spaces … 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
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