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Head of School Weekly Email: Week One!

Dear TA Families,

Lots of new shoes and first-day nerves and excitement on display this past Tuesday as we started the school year. We welcomed back over 220 returning students, along with over 90 new classmates – and an awesome cadre of new faculty.

The new year brings lots of opportunities for everyone – new and returning students, middle schoolers and high schoolers. We encourage students to get involved and make the most of their TA experience. Every Thursday during Power Hour, we have built-in time during the school day for club meetings and activities. Teacher advisors and student leaders promoted offerings during the club fair on Thursday and will do so again at Monday’s assembly.

There are lots of afterschool opportunities too!

  • TOP weekend outings start next weekend with a canoeing overnight. More info here and from TOP Coordinator Scott Ellis.
  • Middle school soccer and cross-country just started practices and are still accepting athletes. Sign up with Bri Barnes, TA’s new Director of Athletics & Activities.
  • Bass fishing has more room for newcomers too – middle schoolers and high schoolers welcome. Connect with Bri Barnes if you are interested.
  • Robotics team for MS and HS students – all levels, beginners welcome – meets everyday from 3-4pm. Email [email protected] for more info.

Take a few minutes at home this weekend to check in as a family and talk about all of the ways students can get involved at TA this fall. The start of a new school year is a great time to explore new activities as well as recommit to familiar ones.

Please make note of the following dates:

  • Back to School Night, Sept. 1, 5:45-7:30 p.m. (LINK to more details)
  • Half-Day Schedule, Sept. 2, 8:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
  • 9th Grade Retreat, Sept. 2, 8:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. (Class of 2026 – come dressed for outdoor activities!)
  • Whole School Welcome Dance (grades 7-12), Sept. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Thank you, Class of 2023 for hosting!)

Happy Friday,

Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photos this week: Students jumped into hands-on learning in classes around campus, strategizing tower building in math and making pasta in culinary arts. Lots of clubs were recruiting at the fair during Power Hour on Thursday, ultimate frisbee and chess among them.



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