May
14

TOP Summer Update

Due to the current covid-19 health crisis, Thetford Academy has made the final decision to postpone TOP Summer programming scheduled for June and July of 2020. Both the rock climbing and backpacking trips have been cancelled, with the goal of resuming these option in 2021. The Connecticut River canoe trip, the advanced canoe trip, and […]

By Patty McIlvaine | News . Parents . TA Today
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Apr
20

TOP Summer Programs – UPDATED

PLEASE READ: UPDATE ON TOP Summer Programs, April 16, 2020. TOP summer programs fill up fast – enroll today to ensure your child can be a part of the adventure! Trail Crew, June 15-19 Students must first apply and interview for a position with the TOP Trail Crew. Participants will be hired based on their […]

By Scott Ellis | Features . News . Parents . TA Today
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Mar
02

TA Adds Low Ropes Course to Campus and Curriculum

Late this fall, just before the snow overtook campus, Brattleboro-based High 5 Adventure Learning was onsite installing a low ropes challenge course at Thetford Academy. The course, located on the Barrett property adjacent to the Thetford Hill State Forest, has twelve features that will challenge students to think creatively, work together, and help to build […]

By Patty McIlvaine | Academics . Features . News . Parents . TA Today
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Jan
31

Thetford Outdoor Program Featured on NH PBS “Windows to the Wild”

For the past few years, Thetford Academy’s Outdoor Program (TOP) has offered “TOP Summer” trips to TA students. One of these trips, a five-day paddle down the scenic Connecticut River led by TOP coordinator and outdoor educator Scott Ellis, is the subject of an upcoming episode of New Hampshire PBS’s show “Windows to the Wild.” […]

By Patty McIlvaine | Features . News . TA Today . TOP Blog
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Dec
16

TA’s New Mountain Bike Trail

By, Ethan Marshia The Thetford Outdoor Program has constructed a new mountain bike trail that is now available to the public. Students in the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course worked on the trail over the course of two weeks. It is located in the woodlot, across from Academy Road. Each student was responsible for […]

By Scott Ellis | TOP Blog
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Apr
28

Timber Framing Class Raises 2nd Phase of Outdoor Classroom

Rain, drizzle, and overcast skies didn’t dampen the spirits of Chris Schmidt’s 2018 Timber Framing class as students completed most of the second phase of their two-year project to build an outdoor classroom during “Raising Day” on Friday, April 27. On that day, the class erected two bents, connecting girts, shed posts, and shed rafters for […]

By William Bugg | Academics . Arts . Features . News . Parents . TA Today
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Oct
06

Building a Yurt Platform

In the last week of September, the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education class created a 20-foot diameter yurt platform. Building the platform was a class project that pushed the students to learn new skills, work as a team, and take part in building their future outdoor classroom. The platform is located in Thetford Hill State […]

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Jun
17

TA Launches Adventure Team and Environmental Studies Course

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 […]

By William Bugg | Academics . News . Parents . TA Today
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Jun
17

Trail Crew 2017 Undertakes Summer Project

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 […]

By William Bugg | News . Parents . TA Today
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May
06

Scott Ellis to Lead TA’s Outdoor Education Program

Scott Ellis is joining the Thetford Academy team as coordinator of the Outdoor Initiative and teacher of the new half-day Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education class. Since 2014, Scott Ellis has served as Outdoor Discovery School, customer service, and brand department manager at L.L. Bean in West Lebanon, where his responsibilities include managing the outdoor […]

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May
05

Horticulture Class Grows Marigolds, Delivers to Local Kindergartners

Len Whitaker’s Horticulture class grew marigolds this spring, and this past week began delivering them to local kindergartners. Junior Sarah Ward made the first delivery to the Newton School on Tuesday, May 2. More deliveries will be made to Waits River Valley School, Thetford Elementary School, and the Lyme School. —Senior Dahlia Klarich

By Bridget Dugan-Sullivan | Academics . TA Today
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Aug
08

TA Receives Grant to Support Outdoor Education and Annual Fund

On July 5, a local foundation awarded Thetford Academy a $25,000 grant and pledged an additional $100,000 over the next four years to support Thetford Academy’s Environmental Science and Outdoor Education Center and the Fund for Thetford Academy. The foundation, which has asked to remain anonymous, is committed to both educational and environmental concerns. TA’s […]

By William Bugg | Academics . News . TA Today
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Sep
07

TA Launches Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education Initiative

OUTDOOR INITIATIVE HAS BEGUN: During the opening assembly on Wednesday, Aug. 26, TA announced a new set of programs to be launched gradually over the next couple of years:  the creation of a Center for Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education.  Funded by a $55,000 renewable grant from the Woodbury Foundation, the initiative (which awaits a […]

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May
31

Dartmouth College – TA Collaboration on Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education

The Dartmouth College Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation class has now completed its second and final season of a two-year partnership with Thetford Academy.  Both this and last spring, Dartmouth seniors conducted research on a variety of TA-related projects in environmental studies and outdoor education.  On May 28 at the TA library, the Dartmouth students […]

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Oct
10

Thetford Academy Purchases Adjacent House on 10.7 Acre Parcel

The Thetford Academy Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that the school has acquired a 10.7 acre parcel of property immediately to the south of the school’s campus on Academy Road in Thetford, VT.  The school purchased the property (386 Academy Road, Thetford) from Mavis P. Barrett on Oct. 10, 2014.  The funds for […]

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