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
  • The following letter accompanied students’ final report cards of the year, which were mailed home on June 22. . Dear Thetford Academy Parents, Caregivers, and Families, This 4th quarter report card mailing marks the official end of the 2021-2022 school year.  At our closing assembly of the year on June 10,......

  • Dear TA Families, We are in the final stretch of the school year! I know there is a lot of information to keep track of at this time of year. Thank you for taking the time to keep up with school messages, and please reach out if you have any questions.......

  • Dear TA Families, The school year is reaching a late spring crescendo with performances, projects, and special events taking center stage. Arts Focus Recent days have been especially filled with a spotlight on the arts at TA. Congratulations to the cast and crew of the spring musical who delighted their......

  • Dear TA Families, We just wrapped up a festive week at school, with special activities, outfits, treats, conveyances, raffle prizes, appreciation cards, and more. We hope that every student enjoyed one (or many!) aspects of the week – it sure seemed that way on campus. Big thanks to the TA......

  • Dear TA Families, Here are a few of the highlights as we jumped into a busy spring schedule after break this week: Service Activities The Operation Day’s Work event on Wednesday had student crews working throughout our community, painting, spring yard cleaning, baking, car washing, and more – at organizations......

  • Dear TA Families, We had a few schoolwide activities during power hour this week, in honor of Earth Day, that raised our collective awareness about the spring growing season and sustainable practices. On Monday in advisory, students planted flowers and created a multitude of cheerful blue planters filled with pansies and friendly messages......

  • Dear TA Families, Yesterday’s sunny skies and warm temps meant an increasing amount of outside activity during the school day. The garden, the quad, the athletic fields, the Anderson picnic tables, the trails, the yurt, and the outdoor classroom all provided outdoor spaces for classes, clubs, and lunchtime gatherings. We......

  • Dear TA Families, This week’s email is a brief note to share the following April updates: Third quarter report cards will come home with students on Monday, April 11. The deadline for sophomores to turn in their course registration for next school year was today. Students in grades 7, 8, and 9......

  • Dear TA Families, It has been a high-energy week with a host of events involving community audiences. How wonderful to be able to invite others in again to witness our learning, to enjoy our performances, and to celebrate achievements with us.  Kudos to the following groups and individuals for their public......

  • Dear TA Families, Spring is in the air. Next Friday, April 1, will mark the end of the third quarter. It’s that time of year in schools when we are knee-deep in what’s happening right now, and also have an eye toward summer, and start to plan for the following......

  • Dear TA Families, My email today focuses primarily on our upcoming student roundtables, to share details and context with you and to send out the sign-up link. On Wednesday, April 6, the school day will be dedicated to student roundtables. The day will be a fully remote one for students. The......

  • Dear TA Community, Founders’ Day 2022 is a wrap! We had a delightful day of community time and friendly competition, with a lot of creative flare, good humor, insightful wit, and athletic prowess on display. We also spent some time reflecting on TA’s history and traditions. The theme this year was......

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