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, 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......

  • Dear TA Families, Here are some important highlights for the week. Last Day of Quarter 1 is Friday 10/22 We want to remind everyone that there is just one week left in the first quarter of the school year. If students have assessments they want to retake, additional drafts of writing......

  • On Friday, October 8, TA teachers participated in the first in-service day since school’s opening six weeks ago. In the day-to-day bustle of the school year, in-service time is a valuable opportunity for teachers to collaborate, share strategies and resources, and tackle new skills. It’s a time to reflect together......

  • Following nine months of intensive work, the TA Anti-Racism Task Force presented their findings and recommendations to the school’s board of trustees this summer. The group’s final recommendations report is now complete and ready to be shared with the community and integrated into our school’s strategic plan and actions moving......

  • Dear TA Families,Gratitude for Friday Yesterday was one of those precious few days in the school year when only the educators are on campus. Inservice time is invaluable for colleagues to come together, reflect on the year, plan and work together, share strategies and resources, and hone our craft. We know families......

  • Dear TA Families, We are looking forward to hosting the 30th annual Woods Trail Run tomorrow! Everyone is invited to this community event, 10am-4pm, on the TA campus. Come cheer on the 2000+ runners from all over New England who come to race on our beautiful TA cross-country course. For more......

  • Dear TA Families, Lots of news to share as we move into the last week of September. Weekly “Assembly” on Wednesdays Due to continuing public health precautions, we haven’t been able to return to all-school assemblies in the gym. Instead, we continue to pre-record assembly videos like we did last......

  • Dear TA Families, We have lots to celebrate as we wrap up week four of the school year. Here are a few highlights. 1. First up: Accolades in both the academic and athletic realms! Congratulations to TA teacher Derek Burkins who will receive the Vermont STEM Teacher of the Year award on......

  • The Thetford Academy Board of Trustees added a cohort of five new members this year. The new trustees were approved at the May 2021 meeting and jumped right into action, joining the board for their annual retreat in June on the TA campus. The new cohort represents a cross-section of......

  • The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) recently named TA faculty Derek Burkins the 2021 STEM Teacher of the Year for grades 9-12. On September 22, Burkins will be honored at VASE’s annual meeting on the Middlebury College campus and share remarks about his career path and teaching philosophy.......

  • Dear TA Families, It’s a busy weekend of TA events! Tonight we bring back the TA tradition of a fall welcome dance hosted by the senior class. This is an exciting ‘first’ after 18 months or more of no dances (except the senior prom last May). The Class of 2022 has organized......

  • Dear TA Families, Some of you reached out this week with good questions about our special schedule on Wednesday that prompted me to highlight the following aspects of our program. Please click through to the website links for more details.  PD Half Days: The TA school calendar this year includes......

Upcoming Events

October 2021

Thursday October 28

9:25 am – 10:20 am
Youth Risk Behavior Survey in advisories
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL College Visit - Smith College
11:20 am – 12:25 pm
Power Hour - Office Hours
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Chelsea/Tunbridge Choice Night

Friday October 29

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
College Visit - St. Michael's College
11:05 am – 11:55 am
Power Hour - Clubs & Activities
Recurs weekly

Saturday October 30

All Day
VEX Robotics Competition
10:00 am – 10:30 am
VT State XC Championships
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Haunted Trail Event

November 2021

Monday November 1

11:00 am – 11:30 am
College Visit - Maine College of Art & Design
11:05 am – 11:55 am
Power Hour - Advisory & Lunch
Recurs weekly

Tuesday November 2

All Day
Photo Retake Day
7:45 am – 11:00 am
COVID Surveillance Testing
Recurs weekly
9:00 am – 10:00 am
College Visit: Emmanuel College
11:05 am – 11:55 am
Power Hour - Flex Tuesday
Recurs weekly

Wednesday November 3

All Day
Half Day - 12:10 Dismissal
8:10 am – 12:10 pm
Community Day
9:00 am – 10:00 am
College Visit - UNH
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL College Visit - Hartford Art 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 carried perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.