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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 September 22. Read the full story here. The TA girls and boys cross-country teams are having a strong start to the season. Special accolades go to student-athletes Tobin Durham and Madelyn Durkee for their first and second finishes in Tuesday's multi-school meet. Tune in as Coach Joe Deffner shares early season highlights: video. 2. Next up: Mountain Day prevails! Mountain Day...


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 professional fields and includes three TA alumni - all from the Class of 2001! Sarah Adams, TA Class of 2001, is a professional graphics and production designer. She lives in Strafford and serves as the TA board’s Strafford Representative. Sarah has an elementary age child who attends the Newton School.Paul Mutone...


It's almost Mountain Day! After a one-year hiatus, Thetford Academy will celebrate it's 42nd Mountain Day on Friday, September 24. A TA tradition forged by former headmaster Frederick G. Torrey, Mountain Day challenges each of TA’s six grades to climb a nearby peak together as a class. The traditional hikes, starting in 7th grade, have included Mt. Cube, Black Mountain, Smarts Mountain, Cardigan Mountain, Mt. Ascutney, and Mt. Moosilauke–along with opportunities for alternative hikes and activities. This year, due to Covid-related constraints, Mountain Day will look a little different for some grades, but the spirit of the tradition - class...


Fall sports at TA are in full swing, and the Panthers are making us proud. In soccer, the varsity girls are 2-0-1 after Monday night's tie game v. U-32. This weekend, in a hard-fought match v. Peoples Academy at TA's Homecoming, the girls were locked in a 3-3 tie before ultimately taking the game. From Sunday's "Local Roundup" in the Valley News: "Senior Madi Powers broke a 3-3 tie with her second goal of the game with three minutes to go in regulation on a assist from senior Kiran Black to give the Panthers the win. The teams were tied...


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. The annual event is headlined this year by educator, activist, and environmentalist Bill McKibben, who will deliver the keynote address on the topic of climate change and global warming. In her nomination letter, Head of School Carrie Brennan wrote: "Derek strives to take complex physics and chemistry material and create...


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 a fun event for all students, grades 7-12, with a 'dino dance' theme. The event is casual, outdoors, and takes place from 7:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $7 and food will be for sale; all proceeds go to support the Project Senior fundraising this year. Tomorrow we host TA Homecoming with varsity soccer games...

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