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Dear TA Families & Students, Last July Thetford Academy issued an important statement condemning racism in all forms and made a list of ten commitments to guide our work to become an actively antiracist institution. I want to share a brief update on some of the efforts that have taken root since then. The TA Antiracism Task Force launched in the fall and is playing a lead role in this phase of our work. The task force includes TA staff, parents, alumni, and community representatives. More recently, the Student Alliance for Racial Justice started to provide TA students the opportunity to get directly...


Dear TA Families & Students, One thing we have all learned over the past 12 months is that predicting the future is risky business. The uncertainty, unknowns, and rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic have deeply challenged efforts at long-range planning. I feel confident, however, looking out five months and sharing the good news that we expect a return to our full TA experience for next school year. What better way to mark the one-year anniversary of schools closing down last March than to set our sights on a post-pandemic start to the fall 2021 semester? I am also confident that Thetford Academy...


Dear TA Families & Students,  This one-year pandemic anniversary is intense, isn't it? To go back a year and realize just how little we knew what was coming and how long it would last can make one's head spin.  Despite 12 months of navigating life and school through a pandemic, we have so much good going on. Here's a partial round up: The Thetford Selectboard chose the entire teaching and school staff of our community as one of their recipients of the Annual Civic Pride award. This award, along with the townspeople's passing of the 2021-22 school budget on March 2, is cause for...


The Yearbook Club is taking orders for the 2020-2021 yearbook. Get yours today at www.thetfordacademy.picaboo.com. Ordering is open until June 13, 2021; cost is $35 for hardcover and $25 for softcover yearbooks. Direct any questions to Mark Weigel. It's been a year like no other, you'll want this one! ...


Dear TA Families and Students, We welcomed the month of March by introducing the in-person component of our 2nd semester schedule. It was great to feel the energy of having students and teachers together in real time - doing hands-on learning with one another and with the materials and spaces designed for the discipline. Attached are a couple of snapshots from the week. The schedule is not without its complexities, of course, especially as approximately one quarter of TA students continue to opt for a fully remote experience. Teachers are trying multiple approaches to best meet the needs of our on-campus learners and our...


As we move through this COVID school year, our program has evolved. We continue to prioritize health and safety, and also strive to balance that priority with ensuring as much student academic engagement as possible. March 1 marked our biggest program shift yet, with full implementation of our 2nd semester schedule. Starting this week, students are attending 1-2 classes per day with their classmates and teachers. We are still ironing out all the systems, but at the end of day one students and teachers alike were expressing a lot of enthusiasm about teaching and learning together again in person. TA students...

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