From the Head of School

Welcome to TA’s website! Whatever brings you here – whether you are a current or prospective student, a panther parent or grandparent, a TA alum, a community supporter, a curious educator, or just an interested Upper Valley neighbor – we hope you find stories, facts, and program information about Thetford Academy that are useful and compelling and that capture the unique and inspired nature of our school.

I use this page to feature my communications. Each Friday I send out a news update to the TA community, including parents, students, trustees, and faculty and staff. The Head of School page allows me to share my weekly letters and other blog posts with our wider world of TA supporters, alumni, and website visitors. Topics range from school reminders to program highlights. This past year or so, I’ve had to focus a lot on the logistics of how TA is navigating teaching and learning through the pandemic – but I promise it’s not all about COVID.

You can read more about me and my experience as an educator here: Carrie’s bio.

Thank you for visiting TA’s website and the Head of School page. Please be in touch with questions, suggestions, and ideas to share!

Carrie Brennan, Head of School
Thetford Academy
  • Dear TA Families, Second semester started on Tuesday, with a whole new slate of classes for high schoolers and new arts/tech electives for the middle schoolers. Check in at home to see what students’ experiences have been thus far and learn about their new courses, new teachers, and new routines......

  • Dear TA Families, Welcome back and Happy New Year. Here are important updates to share with our school community as we shift gears into 2022. ACADEMIC UPDATES: – Semester Transitions Early January is a pivotal time in the academic calendar at TA. Students return from holiday break and immerse themselves back into......

  • 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......

  • Dear TA Families, This week’s email includes equal parts information, gratitude, and invitations to give during this holiday season. Please read on! Remote TA Day on Wednesday, Dec. 15 As I first announced in an email in late November, TA will have a special remote schedule on Dec. 15 to serve......

  • Dear TA Families, From my office window I have a beautiful view looking northeast with the TA flagpole in the foreground and the peaks of Mt. Moosilauke off in the distance. This afternoon the flag is blowing in the brisk wind and Moosilauke’s two peaks are fully covered in snow:......

  • During the second and third weeks of November, I left my desk and jumped into classrooms. Ideally, a school leader’s time is balanced between tackling administrative tasks and experiencing the vital teaching and learning happening all around campus. It can be hard to maintain that balance sometimes, with the continuous......

  • Dear TA Students, Families, and Staff, Here are a few reflections and reminders as we head into the holiday weekend. I wish for everyone some time in the coming days for rest, connection, and joy.  Sharing Gratitude Student gratitude cards have been adorning our school hallways throughout November. They are......

  • Dear TA Families, Here are some of the news highlights from Thetford Academy for November 12.  Program Spotlights – Upcoming Competitions & Performances: The New England Cross Country Championships take place at TA tomorrow. Best of luck to junior Madelyn Durkee, who will be representing TA in this incredibly competitive......

  • Dear TA Families, Morning frost, bare trees, sunlight slanting toward the solstice: late fall is certainly in the air. Here is the news from TA as we shifted into November this week.  Community Day Re-Cap On Wednesday, Nov. 3, we had our second TA Community Day of the year with......

  • The following letter accompanied student report cards for first quarter, which were sent home with students on November 1. Dear TA Parents and Guardians, We hope your student had a good first quarter and is feeling acclimated to the routines and expectations of our renewed full-day experience and daily schedule.......

  • Dear TA Families, Campus was buzzing with activity and anticipation today. Multiple teams were gearing up for major competitions: the boys and girls varsity soccer teams both have playoff games this afternoon (too early to call), the varsity cross country teams host the state championships here at TA tomorrow, and......

  • Dear TA Families, Lots to share today in all arenas – academics, student well-being, and athletics/activities. Thanks, in advance, for making the time to read today’s email, and I encourage everyone to follow a few of the links for a deeper dive too. There is so much happening at TA......

Upcoming Events

January 2022

Tuesday January 25

7:45 am – 11:00 am
COVID Surveillance Testing
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
JV Girls vs. Windsor HOME
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Varsity Girls vs. Windsor HOME

Wednesday January 26

11:05 am – 11:55 am
Power Hour - Assembly
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
JV Boys vs. Hazen HOME
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Varsity Boys vs. Hazen HOME

Thursday January 27

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
JV Girls @ Lyndon AWAY
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
College Information Night for Juniors
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Varsity Girls @ Lyndon AWAY

Friday January 28

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MS Girls vs. Randolph HOME
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
JV Boys @ Spaulding AWAY
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
MS Boys vs. Randolph HOME
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Varsity Boys @ Spaulding AWAY



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 carried perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.