Several years ago, when he was but a Panther cub, our April Student of the Month was given the “Rock the Boat” award, in recognition that he is a true original; and in the past few years, he has consistently demonstrated how the courage to follow one’s own path pays off.
Now a junior, this student leader shines in the classroom, in athletics and on the stage. He is a man of many talents, and many … 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
No one has a wider smile nor is more upbeat than our January Student of the Month. This panther is sincere and a friend to all. Her enthusiasm, kindness, and optimism draw others to her. Since she arrived at Thetford Academy as a ninth grader, she has brightened many days.
Hannah Harkins is known as a hard worker in class. All of her teachers note that she is perhaps the most positive panther at TA. Coach … 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
We celebrated Thetford Academy’s 198th birthday on Friday, Feb. 3, and it was terrific in every way.
It seems hard to believe, but this was our 74th annual Founders’ Day, and next year, as we close in on our Bicentennial, it will be our 75th.
A TA parent volunteer told me that words and photos simply can’t describe how special this day is; she said parents must attend the event to experience it for themselves. There’s just nothing like it anywhere else, she … 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
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
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
“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.
A supportive community that cares.
At Thetford Academy, students are part of a community that values citizenship and service. Every day, TA encourages students to use their strengths to help make the world a better place.
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.