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First Day of School in the Books

Thetford Academy launched the new school year with an all-school assembly in the Vaughan Alumni Gymnasium. Head of School Carrie Brennan (Ms. Brennan, to students) introduced herself for the first time to the full student body, welcoming students to the year with a reflection on the school’s mission and values, and the meaning and importance of community.

Ms. Brennan encouraged students to think about what it means to lead, acknowledging that most leadership opportunities require a bit of risk-taking. Every assembly this year, she said, will be an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff alike to show leadership by taking a risk, by getting up to share individual talents, passions, and interests with the TA community.

To demonstrate, Thetford Outdoor Program coordinator Scott Ellis closed assembly with a demonstration of diabolo, a form of juggling. With that, and to the sound of TA’s talented faculty musicians, Ms. Brennan dismissed students into their grade-level advisory groups–and into the 2019-2020 school year.



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.