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
  • Featured photo: The 8th graders took a little time out of their English class today to make some maple sugar snow treats. Dear TA Families, I hope students had a good week and are settling into their routines. The start of the new semester is an exciting time of change for......

  • On Tuesday, we will begin our third quarter of the school year and a new semester. High schoolers will have an entirely new schedule of classes. Middle schoolers will maintain the same schedule and teachers for most of their day, with just a rotation in their afternoon arts/tech electives. Drop/Add......

  • Dear TA Families, Thank you again for supporting the day of remote learning on Wednesday. We really appreciate everyone’s flexibility and adaptability!  Early January is a pivotal time in the academic calendar at TA. Students return from holiday break and immerse themselves back into classes for the final stretch of the semester.......

  • Dear TA Families, The 9th grade is hosting a dance tonight for the whole school. Food, music, and fun for everyone! See the attached flyer for details.  Congratulations to all of the musicians and singers who performed at the winter concert last night – and congrats to their teachers as......

  • Dear TA Families, December is here and flurries are in the air. Listen up and look out for messages tomorrow at noon as we test our emergency notification system.  We have a couple of busy weeks before break. Special events for next week are listed below and in the school......

  • Dear TA Families, We came together as a whole school on Tuesday to share a meal of gratitude. It was the first time since Fall 2019 that we were able to do so. I am sending along a few photos to share the experience. I think everyone enjoyed the food,......

  • Dear TA Families, On Thursday, we created some extra time for students to work with teachers in office hours sessions and for clubs to meet. While these opportunities are available every week during power hour, the middle of the day can feel rushed and compete with lunch. Ask your student......

  • Dear TA Families, Congrats to our TA robotics team for a big day at their first meet of the year on Saturday 11/5! Check out the meet write-up by one of the team coaches, Leif LaWhite, for all of the details: The FAFSA forms workshop for seniors and their families......

  • Dear TA Families, Here are some highlights from our Halloween week and updates on what’s on the horizon at TA. Congrats, State Champs! The girls cross-country team brought home the big trophy on Saturday, claiming the title of Division III champions for a second year in a row. The boys team......

  • Dear TA Families, One of the many markers this year of an evolving ‘return to normal’ is an uptick in the number of field trips students are embarking on. Field trips were traditionally an integral component of the environmental studies and outdoor education class and teacher Scott Ellis has brought......

  • Dear TA Families, Here are a few ways to mark the milestone of finishing the first quarter … Updating Portfolios  As our first quarter of learning wraps up, we invite students to capture highlights of new skills, concepts, and experiences they’ve gained in recent months through digital copies and photographs of......

  • Hello & Happy Friday to TA Families, Preparing for the Last Week of the Quarter Next week will be our ninth week of the school year, and Friday 10/21 will mark the end of the 1st quarter. This is an important window of time to check in at home about......

Upcoming Events

February 2023

Friday February 3

All Day
Founders' Day (postponed until Monday)
11:30 am – 11:55 am
Power Hour - Assembly
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
JV Boys Basketball @ Peoples
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Founders Night
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
V Boys Basketball @ Peoples

Saturday February 4

All Day
Indoor Track @ UVM
Robotics @ Northwood, NH

Monday February 6

All Day
Founders' Day 2023!
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MS Girls Basketball vs Rivendell
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
JV Boys Basketball @ BMU
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
MS Boys Basketball vs Rivendell
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
V Boys Basketball @ BMU

Tuesday February 7

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
JV Girls Basketball @ Montpelier
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
V Girls Basketball @ Montpelier

Wednesday February 8

All Day
Ski Team @ S6. ALL DAY
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MS Girls Basketball @ Lebanon
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
JV Boys Basketball @ Lake Region
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
MS Boys Basketball @ Lebanon
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
V Boys Basketball @ Lake Region

Thursday February 9

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
V Girls Basketball @ Randolph
6:45 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 varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.