From the Head of School

Welcome to the Head of School page. My name is Carrie Brennan and you can read more about me here. Each Friday I send out a weekly news update to TA parents and students, as well as TA employees and trustees. This page is a way to share my weekly updates and other head of school correspondence with the wider TA family and community. Topics range from school reminders to program highlights. This year, there is a lot about COVID-19 and how TA is navigating teaching and learning through the pandemic. Thanks for reading – and please be in touch with questions or feedback.

Head of School Carrie Brennan
  • Dear TA Families & Students, Spring is always a whirlwind time of year in a school, as we all aim to stay focused on teaching and learning in the present term, while simultaneously prepping for year-end events and the fall semester. It’s like surfing two waves at once! For students......

  • Dear TA Families & Students, Three topics to share with you this evening as we close out the week … I doubt anyone needs reminding, but just to be on the safe side … TA’s spring break is next week. School will not be in session April 19-23 and the offices will be......

  • Dear Thetford Academy Parents and Guardians, Enclosed with this letter is your student’s 3rd quarter report card, marking the half-way point of spring semester.  Third quarter was split into two parts: the three weeks in February when students started meeting in classes synchronously but still online, and the five weeks in......

  • Dear TA Families & Students, I am writing today with an update about our plan for the remainder of the school year. We will maintain the program that we have had in place starting March 1, with the combination of in-person classes, online learning, pod time, and remote classes on Wednesdays.......

  • Dear TA Families & Students, We are planning a summer program at Thetford Academy for June-July 2021, designed to support and engage students in response to the extended period of COVID impact on the school experience. The program will include opportunities for students who need to make up academic credits......

  • Dear TA Families & Students, Last July Thetford Academy issued an important statement condemning racism in all forms and made a list of ten commitments to guide our work to become an actively antiracist institution. I want to share a brief update on some of the efforts that have taken......

  • Dear TA Families & Students, One thing we have all learned over the past 12 months is that predicting the future is risky business. The uncertainty, unknowns, and rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic have deeply challenged efforts at long-range planning. I feel confident, however, looking out five months and......

  • Dear TA Families & Students,  This one-year pandemic anniversary is intense, isn’t it? To go back a year and realize just how little we knew what was coming and how long it would last can make one’s head spin.  Despite 12 months of navigating life and school through a pandemic,......

  • Dear TA Families and Students, We welcomed the month of March by introducing the in-person component of our 2nd semester schedule. It was great to feel the energy of having students and teachers together in real time – doing hands-on learning with one another and with the materials and spaces......

  • Dear TA Families & Students, Semester 2 is humming along. Here are some key highlights to share, as we reflect back to the first few weeks of February and look ahead to the month of March. ACADEMICS: When we return from break on Monday, March 1, we will fully implement our......

  • Dear TA Families and Students, With Valentine’s Day coming up, I want to dedicate this edition of my weekly communication to sharing love and gratitude for our TA teachers and school staff. The TA team has been putting their heart and soul into the work of teaching through COVID for......

  • Dear TA Families and Students, It is with deep sadness that I write to you today to share the news that Sue Farrell, our beloved school nurse, passed away this morning with her family by her side. Sue was diagnosed just last month. The progression happened so very fast, and......

Upcoming Events

May 2021

Friday May 7

All Day
HS Track and Field @ Bellows Falls
VT State Testing (in pods)
Pod Morning & D Block
Recurs weekly

Saturday May 8

All Day
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Boys MS Baseball @ Randolph
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Lamoille HOME
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Girls Varsity Softball @ Poultney

Monday May 10

All Day
A Block & Pod Afternoon
Recurs weekly
11:15 am – 11:45 am
Class of 2025 Course Registration Meeting
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Boys MS Baseball vs. Oxbow HOME
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Anti Racism Task Force Community Forum

Tuesday May 11

All Day
B Block & Pod Afternoon
Recurs weekly
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Boys Varsity Baseball @ Lyndon
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
TA High School Orientation

Wednesday May 12

All Day
Fully Remote Day
Recurs weekly
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Boys MS Baseball @ First Branch
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Honors Celebration

Thursday May 13

All Day
VT State Testing (in pods)
Pod Morning & C Block
Recurs weekly
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Harwood HOME
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Girls Varsity Softball vs. Twinfield (at Rivendell)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
TA Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting
Recurs monthly



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.