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Mar
08

Junior Grace Clement Wins VFLA Essay Contest

Junior Grace Clement entered the 2017 Vermont Foreign Language Association Essay Writing Contest and was selected as one of two winners of the contest in the Pre-Advanced level. Grace submitted an essay, written in Spanish, based on the theme “Listen with curiosity, speak with honesty, act with integrity” by Roy Bennett. According to the VFLA, […]

By Bridget Dugan-Sullivan | Academics . News . Parents . TA Today
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Mar
04

February Student of the Month: Leah Kaliski

The TA Student of the Month for February 2017 is junior Leah Kaliski.  With a decidedly quirky sense of humor, this junior ignites her creativity even when writing sentences for a regular old vocabulary quiz. In fact, her sense of humor, and her propensity to find humor in the mundane, benefit all of us in […]

By William Bugg | Parents . TA Today
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Feb
21

Robotics Team Wins VT/NH State Championship, Will Head to Worlds

Thetford Academy’s robotics team is going to the World Championship again! This year it is our middle school team that made the cut. In fact, ours is the only middle school team that earned a spot to compete at the VT/NH State Championship on Feb. 18, so we earned the one and only one middle […]

By William Bugg | Academics . Alumni . News . TA Today
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Feb
18

Students Display Artworks at AVA; Win Awards

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 […]

By William Bugg | Academics . Arts . TA Today
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Feb
18

Students Perform in Poetry Slam

On Friday, Feb. 10, dozens of students, teachers and community members gathered in the Martha Jane Rich Theater to watch 20 TA students present their original works in a Poetry Slam. The event was a culmination of a week long Poet-in-Residence visit from Vermont poet Geof Hewitt in English teacher Emily Silver’s Creative Writing class. Anyone, students […]

By Bridget Dugan-Sullivan | Academics . Arts . TA Today
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Feb
17

Faculty Spotlight: Casey Huling ’92

In the spring of 2001, Casey Huling ’92 was working for the Boston Marathon overseeing its youth running programs—a job he loved—when he got an unexpected phone call from Thetford Academy. It was Barb Sorenson, former TA English teacher, calling to tell him about a new teacher internship program at TA. It would be a […]

By Patty McIlvaine | Alumni . TA Today
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Feb
17

Winter Sports Update

The Thetford Academy winter sports season is starting to wind down as varsity basketball teams prepare for playoffs and the ski team competes in its last meet before districts. Basketball The varsity boys basketball team had several snow cancellations this winter, forcing the season to close with five games over a nine-day period. The senior members of […]

By Bridget Dugan-Sullivan | Alumni . Athletics
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Feb
15

Students Build Outdoor Classroom, Create with Laser Engraver, Thanks to Donor Support

Thetford Academy’s Environmental Science and Outdoor Education Initiative will soon have a new outdoor classroom space to house its innovative programming. This spring, TA’s Design Technology Timber Framing program will begin the design and construction of a timber framed outdoor classroom to be located on the recently acquired “Barrett property.” The 24’ by 30’ structure […]

By Patty McIlvaine | Academics . Alumni . Arts . TA Today
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Feb
15

January Student of the Month: Hannah Harkins

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 […]

By Bridget Dugan-Sullivan | Academics . News . TA Today
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Feb
14

Clare Swanson Wins Poetry Out Loud Contest at TA

Thetford Academy’s 8th annual Poetry Out Loud competition took place in the Martha Jane Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The competition was part of a nationwide contest that “encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.” It reaches 3 million students from 10,000 schools across the country. This year, ten TA students participated […]

By Bridget Dugan-Sullivan | Academics . News . TA Today
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Feb
11

Samara Spelman Wins Spelling Championship

Navigating such words as “settee,” “inlet,” “equestrian,” “coronet,” “marionette,” “ravine,” and “implacable,” eighth grader Samara Spelman outlasted seventh grader and runner-up Tate Whiteburg, emerging as Thetford Academy Middle School Spelling Champion for the second time in as many years. Tate coasted through “cupboard,” “clodhopper,” “bedraggled,” “pauper,” “feckless,” “epithets,” and “neutron,” utilizing the “please repeat,” “please define,” […]

By William Bugg | Academics . News . Parents . TA Today
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Feb
08

Indoor Track Club Shines at State Meet

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Thetford Academy Indoor Track Club competed in the Vermont State Meet. Despite the fact that they were not eligible to win the event (because they are a club and not a varsity team), they gave an incredible performance. Read the fun (slightly edited) recap of the day as told by […]

By Bridget Dugan-Sullivan | Athletics . TA Today
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Feb
04

2017 Founders’ Day and Night: Celebrating TA’s 198th Birthday

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 […]

By William Bugg | News . Parents . TA Today
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Feb
04

After School Maker Space Program Announced

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 […]

By William Bugg | Arts . News . Parents . TA Today
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Feb
04

Skye Currier Named HACTC Outstanding Student of the Quarter

TA junior Skye Currier has been selected as the Outstanding Student of the Second Quarter for her “awesomeness” in the Business Administration program at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. Congratulations, Skye, on a job well done! —Doug Heavisides, Director, Hartford Area Career and Technology Center  

By William Bugg | Academics . Parents . TA Today
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Feb
04

A Week in the Biology Laboratory at TA

During the week of Jan. 30, Gary Engler’s Biology and Advanced Biology classes worked in the laboratory. Above, sophomores Anabel R., Abi B., and Seth B. measure the amount of carbon dioxide gas produced during fermentation by yeasts placed in a sugar solutions. In Advanced Biology, students extracted their own DNA—their blueprint of life—from their cells. Below, Ellenor K. […]

By William Bugg | Academics . Parents . TA Today
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