TA News

Head of School Weekly Email: Thank Yous, Winter Weather Alerts & Happy Holidays!

Dear TA Families,

2021 at TA is a wrap! As I write to you this afternoon, I am looking out at an almost-full moon rising early over the New Hampshire mountains as the sun sets on this almost-shortest day of the year. A gorgeous close to a year that presented many challenges.

Once again, I want to thank everyone for working together to keep our school community safe and healthy, while striving to keep students engaged, learning, and connected. A special shout-out to the TA faculty and staff for their continued stamina and ‘stick-to-itiveness’ throughout this pandemic marathon. I encourage parents, students, and caregivers to take a minute to send an email of appreciation to someone at TA who has made a difference in their lives this year. I am sure it will be a well-received holiday gift.

On a more practical note, all families should have received two alerts thus far this year through our emergency alert system, which we use in the event of a winter weather delay or cancellation. The first was a trial message on Saturday, November 27 at 11am; the second was a reminder about our remote day and was sent on Tuesday, December 15 at 5:15pm. The alerts went out in the form of emails, phone calls, and text messages. If you did not receive these alerts from TA, please let me know and we will update our records. Regarding decision-making for snow days (or ice delays), please know that it is a complex process with students traveling from such a variety of towns and distances to TA.

Thetford Academy offices will be closed during our winter break. School resumes on Monday, January 3. Wishing everyone some relaxing downtime and joyful celebrations with loved ones in the coming days and weeks.

Happy Holidays!

Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photo: The high school stage band and middle school chorus students performed for family members at the winter concert Wednesday night. The chorus put smiles on faces with playful selections including ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy,’ ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow,’ and ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.’ The band wowed with a complex array of songs, from ‘Respect’ by Otis Redding Jr. to ‘So What’ by Miles Davis and ‘Spanish Castle Magic’ by Jimi Hendrix.



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.