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Mar
18

Creative Writing Class Hosts Poetry Slam

English teacher Ray Chapin’s Creative Writing class hosted a Poetry Slam last Friday, with more than 15 students, faculty, and staff competing for the top prize. Each contestant wrote and performed an original poem for the audience and four student judges. The Slam was a culmination of a week-long poetry workshop led by Vermont’s reigning […]

By Patty McIlvaine | Academics . Arts . Parents . TA Today
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Mar
18

Senator Patrick Leahy to Speak at TA: April 6, 2019

In his over 44 years of service in the United States Senate, Vermont’s Senator Patrick Leahy has played a role in many iconic moments in American history. A prolific photographer, Senator Leahy has often used the lens of his camera to capture his personal perspective of these events. In an intimate evening in the Martha […]

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Mar
14

TOP Hosts Maple Sugar Social: March 22, 2019

The chickadees have changed their call and that means it’s maple season! Join the Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) at TA’s new sugar house for its first Maple Sugar Social. This community event is free and open to the public. Come by for sap boiling, syrup tasting, sugar on snow, tours of TA’s sugar bush and […]

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Mar
13

Dr. Scott Shipman to Speak on Future of Primary Care: March 28

Scott Shipman, MD, MPH, will speak at Thetford Academy on Thursday, March 28, as part of the school’s Bicentennial Speaker Series. Shipman, who serves as the Director of Clinical Innovations and Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), also holds faculty positions at Dartmouth Hitchcock and the Dartmouth Institute. […]

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Mar
11

TA Drama Students Advance to State Finals

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Who Am I This Time” for their performance at the Regional Drama Festival on Saturday, March 9, at Mill River High School in Clarendon, VT. Their production was selected to advance to the State Finals on April 5 and 6 at Essex High School in Essex, VT. Individual awards for Excellence […]

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Mar
08

TAPA to Host ‘Meet and Greet’ Sessions with Future Head of School: March 25

The Thetford Academy Parent Association (TAPA) is hosting informal ‘meet & greet’ sessions with our future Head of School, Carrie Brennan, on Monday, March 25, at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. TAPA representatives and Carrie will be in the Project Room next to the TA Library from 7:30-8:00 a.m. and 2:30-3:00 p.m. All parents are […]

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Mar
07

Summer Applications Now Open: 2019 Governor’s Institutes of Vermont

Grades 9-11:  Applications are online at www.giv.org for the 2019 Governor’s Institutes of Vermont.  The Governors Institutes are intensive, week-long educational experiences held during the summer on select Vermont college campuses.  GIV is for any 9th – 11th grader with a passion for or particular interest in arts, engineering, current issues and activism, math, science, technology, or entrepreneurship.  Students who […]

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Mar
07

2019 Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships

Calling all chess enthusiasts! All Vermont students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible to participate in the Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships. The event will be held at Berlin Elementary School in Berlin, VT on April 6, 2019. Visit http://www.vtchess.info for more information and to register online.

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Mar
05

TA Students Attend Governor’s Institute of Vermont Winter Weekend

Four Thetford Academy students participated in the Governor’s Institute of Vermont’s Winter Weekend Program: Mack Briglin ’22, Casey MacVeagh ’20, Lily MacVeagh ’20, and Emi Vaughan ’21. “The experience was overall really fun and it was cool to meet intellectually curious students from all across Vermont,” said Casey MacVeagh. The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont provides […]

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Mar
03

Panther Girls Head to Barre Auditorium for Semifinals

The No. 2 seed TA varsity girls basketball team soundly defeated a talented White River Valley High School team on Friday, March 1, to win the VPA Division III quarterfinals. While the final score of 64-32 points to a decisive Panther victory, White River Valley, a young team with only one senior, played a strong […]

By William Bugg | Athletics . News . Parents . TA Today
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Mar
03

Eloise Silver Van Meter to Represent TA in State Poetry Out Loud Contest

Sophomore Eloise Silver Van Meter’s recitation of “Zacuanpopalotls” by Brenda Cárdenas came in first place in TA’s Poetry Out Loud Contest on Feb. 12. The runner up was William Bosco, who presented “Analysis of Baseball” by May Swenson. Eloise recited “Zacuanpopalotls” in front of the student body on Feb. 27 during Assembly (see above photo), […]

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Mar
03

TA Indoor Track Runners Break Records in New Englands

Eight Thetford Academy indoor track athletes traveled to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Saturday, March 2, to compete with the best track athletes in New England. “We came into the meet with four goals,” Coach Charlie Buttrey said. “One, that the boys 4 x 800 relay team would reclaim its state record. Two, […]

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Mar
03

Calling All Youth Filmmakers for the 2019 Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest!

Two TA Students Finished 1st in Last Year’s Contest The Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest has opened and is excited to receive submissions from youth filmmakers in Vermont. Inspired by the Vermont Movie Project, The Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest invites young Vermonters to create films exploring the life and culture of the Green Mountain […]

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Mar
03

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival at TA: March 10

Celebrate the natural world and our place in it by watching a lively selection of award winning films from the acclaimed Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. This event is the premier nature film competition celebrating the world’s best science, conservation, wildlife films. This matinee festival will feature hand-picked, beautifully crafted short andmedium length films which […]

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Mar
01

Operation Day’s Work (ODW) Coming in May

Thetford Academy students have started preparing for this year’s Operation Day’s Work, scheduled for May 8, 2019. On “ODW Day”, TA students don’t go to school, but instead spend the school day doing a variety of jobs in their local community. All of the money they earn at work is then donated to a nongovernmental […]

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Mar
01

February Student of the Month: John Longshaw

February’s Student of the Month is one of TA’s friendliest juniors. If he arrives early to A-block, he sets out the chairs for his classmates, and when he sees them, he almost always greets them with “How are you doing today, Lexi. . .or Gavin. . .or Bethany?” Later, he’ll ask individuals, “So how’s your […]

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