Academics

Feb
05

Carrie Brennan Named Next Head of School at Thetford Academy

Carrie Brennan, the founding principal of an innovative public charter school in Arizona and an accomplished educator, has been named the next head of Thetford Academy. She will assume her new position on July 1, 2019. “I am absolutely thrilled that Carrie will lead Thetford Academy,” says Ann Bumpus, President of the Thetford Academy Board […]

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Feb
04

Louise Downey Outspells Ten TA Spellers in Middle School Bee

“Solely,” “gremlin,” “antagonism,” “lustrous,” and “diabolical” were some of the easier words. “Writhing,” “garret,” “humanitarian,” “guise,” and “dismissal” eliminated some of the competitors. And “chilblains,” “balustrades,” “prevaricate,” “flambeau,” and “gondalier” caused no casualties among TA’s top three spellers, as 7th grader Louise Downey eventually prevailed in the TA Middle School Spelling Bee on Monday, Feb. […]

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Feb
04

TA Robotics Team 4886 Season Update

By Marc Chabot, Dean of Academics and Robotics Team Advisor Featured Photo: The winning team: Isaiah Kol and Marshall Melancon and their robot BeefCake, along with their alliance partner from Team 603A, Belmont, NH. In case you were wondering how Thetford Academy’s 9th season is going, here is an update! Saturday was our last tournament before the State Championship in two weeks, […]

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Jan
30

January 2019 Student of the Month: Maeve Curtin ’19

Every morning, when most TA students are stealing that last five minutes of sleep, this intrepid member of our bicentennial class has already been on the road for an hour, proving each day that it’s possible to commute to Thetford from almost Canada and to be an incredibly successful student.  And we’re grateful that she […]

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Jan
17

STEM Students Present Outtakes from High Tech Manufacturing Internship

Hypertherm and FUJIFILM Dimatix, two Lebanon, N.H., businesses, celebrated 15 Thetford Academy and Lebanon High School students’ achievements upon their successful completion of the inaugural STEM High Tech Manufacturing Internship program on Tuesday night, Jan. 15. The internship was an unequivocal success. During the program finale, which took place at Hypertherm’s 71 Heater Road facility […]

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Jan
14
Jan
07

TA’s 22nd Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival: Jan 17-18

Thetford Academy’s 22nd annual festival of ten-minute plays, written and performed by TA students, will take place Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Martha Jane Rich Theater at Thetford Academy. As usual, the plays contain a wide variety of topics and themes, this year ranging from complicated friendships, to […]

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Jan
03

“Making a King: The Contested Legacies of a Civil Rights Icon”: Jan. 21

Bicentennial Speaker Series: Derrick E. White, Ph.D., Monday, Jan. 21 @ 7 p.m. TA will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, with a Bicentennial Speaker Series presentation by Professor Derrick E. White, entitled “Making a King: The Contested Legacies of a Civil Rights Icon.” This special event, free and open to the public, will take place at the Martha Jane Rich Theater at 7 p.m. Visiting […]

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Dec
14

Winter Concert to Feature Holiday Classics & Music Across the Ages: Dec. 19

The choral and instrumental music programs will perform their winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Martha Jane Rich Theater. The band has been working hard preparing for the concert.  Approximately 40 musicians in grades 7-12 will be playing pieces from a broad scope of styles and eras, including music from […]

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Nov
30

Students Build Sugar Shack

TA’s sugar shack is starting to take shape.  Adjacent to the timber framed outdoor classroom just south of the student parking lot, the structure will be completed in the upcoming days — with several months of time to spare before this year’s sugaring operation begins. With help from Mike Wells and Jere Linehan, Scott Ellis’s […]

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Nov
30

Riverbend Career and Technical Center Recognizes TA Students

Riverbend Career and Technical Center (RBCTC) announced first quarter awards this month, recognizing several Thetford Academy students for their achievements in RBCTC programs. Congratulations to all! Connor Lewis ’19, for outstanding achievement in 21st Century Media and Design Tim Gray ’20, for outstanding achievement in automotive technology Keegan Erskine ’19, for outstanding effort and attitude […]

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Nov
29

TA is Samsung Solve for Tomorrow State Finalist

Thetford Academy is among the nation’s 250 state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest – a nationwide competition challenges students in grades 6-12 to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to find creative solutions to real-world issues impacting their local communities. Out of thousands of schools that entered the contest, the […]

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Nov
15

World Civ Class Takes on Greek Tragedy

Len Whitaker’s and Casey Huling’s sections of 9th grade history classes have been studying ancient Greece.  On Nov. 8-9, Mr. William Bugg visited as special guest star, presenting a two-day unit on Greek tragedy. He took the class on a deep dive into mythology, telling the stories of Cadmus, Oedipus Rex, and other tales from the […]

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Nov
09

Culinary Arts Bakes for Community

This November, students in Jennifer Gernhard’s Meal Planning and Preparation and Cooking for Health classes are working on Community Service Learning projects. They are making 12 apple pies for the T.E.N. Luncheon, soups and bread for the Empty Bowl Project, and pints of frozen soup for the Thetford Food Shelf.

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Nov
09

October Student of the Month: Emily Trage

October’s Student of the Month is a junior who is known for her warmth, her sincerity, and her positive nature. Even while running her first cross-country race over at Woodstock in miserably cold, muddy, and rainy conditions, she smiled back at everyone who cheered for her. When it comes to academics, the same traits shine […]

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Nov
02

Thetford Academy Drama Presents “Almost, Maine”

Thetford Academy’s fall play, Almost, Maine, will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 15; Friday, Nov. 16; and Saturday, Nov. 17. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Dinner / Theater:  On opening night, Nov. 15, TAPA will host a Lasagna Dinner prior to the play, consisting of Lasagna or Chili (a gluten free alternative), […]

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