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Q3 Report Card Mailing: Letter from the Head of School

The following letter accompanied students’ report cards, which were distributed on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Dear Thetford Academy Parents and Caregivers,

Here on Thetford Hill, the daffodils are waiting patiently for the last of the snow patches to melt before bursting into bloom. While we wait for the weather and flowers to indicate spring has truly begun, our routines at school have already shifted to a new season.

The last day of March marked the half-way point of 2nd semester. Enclosed with this letter is your student’s third quarter report card. As always, we ask that you take time to review and discuss class grades and teacher comments at home, even if there are no surprises. Regardless of age – from our youngest 7th graders navigating middle school to our independent 12th graders with an eye on what’s next in their lives – all students benefit from positive feedback, curiosity and care about their learning and progress, offers of support, and encouragement for fourth quarter and their future beyond June.

The next two months are a really busy time as we pursue three levels of focus at school: continuing our current 4th quarter studies, embarking on culminating experiences for the school year, and planning ahead to next fall.

Some of the ‘big spring things’ you can check in with your student about include their course selection and registration process for next year; their portfolio progress and roundtable presentation date; their experience with state assessments in math, English/language arts, and science; big due dates, tests, and performances in their classes; and, what’s happening in their extracurricular activities (clubs, teams, power hour). For families of seniors this list also includes, of course, the milestone of making decisions about their path after high school.

We value our partnership with families to support student success. If you have any questions about the report card, please reach out to classroom teachers. To connect about broader questions, such as your student’s engagement at school, please reach out to your student’s advisor and counselor.

Let’s enjoy the bloom of spring, while we work together to stay focused on this important quarter of the school year.


Carrie Brennan, Head of School



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.