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Thetford Academy Begins Bicentennial Year!

Thetford Academy’s 200th session began on Tuesday, Aug. 28.  This year, our  301 students—including 67 new to the school—come from 13 Upper Valley towns (Brownsville, Chelsea, Corinth, Hanover, Hartland, Lyme, Newbury, Orange, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, Topsham, and Washington) and two countries (China and South Korea).

Opening day began with an all-school assembly during which the theme and goal for the year were revealed:

It’s not your aptitude but your attitude that will determine your altitude.”

This quote is attributed to both Jesse Jackson and Zig Ziglar.  For more on the theme and the opening assembly, click on Head of School William Bugg’s opening assembly remarks.

This year, the Thetford Academy community will be celebrating the school’s Bicentennial from now till graduation, with a big birthday celebration to take place on Founders’ Day, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, and a special Bicentennial Gala to follow on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

It’s not every day that one gets to celebrate a Bicentennial!  That said, the school year has begun with the usual back-to-school jitters and lots of excitement, and students returned to campus glad to see their friends and meet new people.  And now let the studying begin!

Students gather just before school pealing of bell and opening of school.

Dean of Students Siobhan Lopez greets senior boys.

English teacher Joe Deffner leads 7th grade cheer.

Freshmen display class banner.
The theme of the year is revealed.

Dean of Academics Marc Chabot leads school singing of Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land.



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.