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Head of School Weekly Email: Heading into the Holiday Weekend

Dear TA Families,

It was a beautiful week on campus with foliage in full autumn splendor. We wrapped up the week today with an inservice day for teachers – providing much-needed time for TA faculty to take a pause from the daily routine with students in order to come together to connect, collaborate, and catch up.

It has been a busy fall, with lots of ‘return to normal’ activities at school and, at the same time, the lingering challenges of covid and other illness still impacting us. We head into this holiday weekend with seven weeks of school behind us, and it seems like a good time to take a short break. We encourage students who have been out in recent weeks to use some of the extra time to make progress on outstanding assignments before the end of the quarter (10/21).

I highlight of this past week: On Thursday, community volunteer and TA dad, Leif LaWhite, brought his portable sawmill back to campus. A variety of classes throughout the day got to be a part of the action (or watch it from a safe distance). The 8th grade science classes, forestry, design tech, the TOP environmental studies class, and more participated in one way or another in this special activity. (See photos.)

Special events coming up:

  • TA is closed on Monday 10/10 for Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Juniors take the PSATs on Wednesday 10/12
  • TA hosts a flu and covid booster vaccine clinic during Power Hour on Thursday 10/13

We invite the community to campus for upcoming home soccer games to cheer on the panther athletes and support senior fundraising concession sales. The boys JV & V teams play tomorrow at 11am and again on Friday 10/14 at 4pm. The girls V team is home next Saturday 10/15, which will be their special ‘senior day’ game. In other updates on the athletics front, the fishing team heads to the Bass Fishing VPA Championship tomorrow. The middle school cross-country team has a home meet on Tuesday.

Wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend as we take in the glory of the season, and also a reflective one, as we honor the deep history, legacy, and current contributions of the Indigenous people of the Upper Valley and beyond.


Carrie Brennan, Head of School

Featured photos: Highlights of activities on our south campus for outdoor learning that features the timber frame classroom, the school garden, compost station, and south-facing fields with a view all the way to Ascutney: 7th graders in the garden, sawmill demo, 8th graders with science journals, and teachers enjoying lunch during Friday’s inservice.



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