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Dear TA Students, Families, and Staff, Here are a few reflections and reminders as we head into the holiday weekend. I wish for everyone some time in the coming days for rest, connection, and joy.  Sharing Gratitude Student gratitude cards have been adorning our school hallways throughout November. They are a mix of serious, whimsical, silly, and heartfelt. Common themes include being grateful for one's pets, family, friends, and TA teachers and staff. Many also reference life's essential basics, like food and shelter. Hobbies, musical instruments, a favorite car, springtime, vaccines, and being back in school in person also made the list this...


Giving Tuesday is a global movement that "unleashes the power of radical generosity." Every year, on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a call to give generously to the organizations whose work is important to us. This Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021, we invite you to join Thetford Academy in its mission to "celebrate the unique worth of our students, to nurture their strengths, and challenge them to fulfill their potential." Now, more than ever, we must celebrate, inspire, and challenge our students. We must provide students with opportunities to shine, whether they are artists, athletes, writers, mathematicians,...


Since 2016, creative writing students at TA have had the unique opportunity to work with Vermont's reigning poetry slam champion, author, poet, and performer Geof Hewitt. This year, Hewitt joined Mr. Mann's Creative Writing course as an artist-in-residence. Over the course of the week with Hewitt, Mann's students engaged in a variety of poetic exercises and excursions. They learned about the art and science of poetry and performance. The Poet-in-Residence unit wrapped up with 14 student and faculty poets sharing their work in the MJR Theater in a poetry slam format. The poets performed their poems for their peers and...


The following update from the TA Health Office was sent via email to all parents on November 18. Guide for staying home and returning to school: 1. Your child must stay home if they have any of these symptoms: fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, change in taste/smell. 2. If these symptoms last less than 24 hours they DO NOT need a Covid PCR test, but they must be symptom FREE for 24 hours before returning to school. This usually means your child is out for 2 school days. 3. If your child has any of these symptoms for more than 24...


Chris Schmidt, TA's Design Technology teacher, found a new passion for pottery this summer. After taking the class "Alternative Firing Techniques" at the Blackberry Hill Art Center in Orford, NH, Chris was especially interested the the art and science of Raku, an ancient Japanese method of firing pottery that results in surprising colors, glassy and metallic effects, and a unique outcome on every piece. The Raku process involves firing pottery at relatively low temperatures and then moving the hot pieces to a closed container with combustible materials (such as paper or sawdust) that ignite and cause a reaction creating colors...


Hoping to relive its successful debut two weeks ago, TA's team 4886 sent six robots and their student builders to Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH for a competition among 33 robots from six other schools.  Thetford Academy's showing was strong. At the end of 50 qualifying matches, five out of six of TA's robots were in the top half of the standings - with Skunkworks (Eldon Crossett and Avery Crandall) and Turbo-encabulator (Tate Whiteberg) seeded #3 and #4 respectively. These robots made it into the elimination round. In the quarterfinals, the TA alliance of Turbo-encabulator and Beefcake (Marshall Melancon, Isaiah Kol and Michael Fernandez) was defeated, while...

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