Thornton Academy Trojan News

Thornton Academy Teacher of the Year Jason Cote challenges himself and his students to question what they know and keep learning

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Feb 12, 2018 11:37:00 AM

A few moments is all the time necessary to understand why Jason Cote was announced as Teacher of the Year for Thornton Academy in 2018. His intelligence, perceptiveness, dedication, and excellent teaching skills become apparent nearly instantly upon entering his classroom.

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Topics: academics, teaching

Brandon Delisle '18 and Carl Meserve '18 win regional competition and qualify for state-wide Robotics tournament

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Feb 9, 2018 8:59:33 AM

By this time in their senior year, many students are starting to get antsy for graduation. Not the case for seniors Brandon Delisle and Carl Meserve who have remained laser focused on the task at hand. They have been spending hours in the Engineering lab at Thornton Academy perfecting their robot to compete in the Vex Robotics Competition.

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Topics: Awards, students, technology

TAMS student Eli Pendergrass skates to glory playing for a US National hockey team in South Korea

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Feb 7, 2018 9:16:04 AM

Seventh grader Eli Pendergrass’s favorite memory of his recent trip to South Korea was skating onto the ice wearing a jersey for the United States. Pendergrass played for a US National Youth hockey team in the Goyang U-12 International Hockey Tournament in Seoul, South Korea from January 19-21, 2018.  

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Topics: athletics, TAMS, international

Hoops for Hope: a slam dunk for raising funds to support those fighting cancer

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Jan 31, 2018 1:35:57 PM

On February 8, the Thornton Academy Girls’ Basketball program will host their third annual Hoops for Hope Charity event at Linnell Gymnasium.

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Topics: athletics, giving, service, fundraiser, compassion

Thornton Academy students sweep the podium in Classical writing contest

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Jan 24, 2018 9:35:45 AM

Thornton Academy students have won first, second and third prize for the state of Maine in the Classical Association of New England (CANE) student writing contest. All three students have been entered into the next level of competition with students from throughout New England and will find out in February if they have placed. The topic of the contest was imagining how the ancient Roman philosopher and scientist Lucretius would respond to a 2017 NASA discovery of exoplanets that have characteristics necessary to support life.

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Topics: Awards, academics, foreign language, latin

Go on a Symphony Safari! Junior Delaney Ziegman debuts an original story with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Jan 18, 2018 8:45:50 AM

Thornton Academy student Delaney Ziegman will debut an original story entitled Symphony Safari on stage with the Portland Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, January 21. Ziegman, a junior at TA, wrote the piece specifically to fit the music provided by the PSO. Symphony Safari is one of the PSO Discovery Concerts for Kids and is designed to provide an opportunity for families to enjoy classical music together.

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Topics: partnership, writing, Thornton Academy Arts

Explore the world (and delicious food!) through Arabic class

Posted by Jake Lamontagne on Jan 10, 2018 7:30:41 AM

Roula Maalouf, a native of Lebanon, has been teaching Arabic at Thornton Academy since 2011. “Thornton Academy was the first school to offer an Arabic class in the state of Maine,” Maalouf said.

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Topics: academics, staff, international

#bestnine of 2017 at Thornton Academy

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Jan 5, 2018 2:44:52 PM

2017 was a memorable year for the students and staff of Thornton Academy. We're hopping on the bandwagon and posting our #bestnine moments at TA in 2017. What were your top moments? Share them with us in the comments below this post!

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Topics: community, upper school, Highlights

Student Spotlight – Yawen "What is your American Name?" Liu

Posted by Brittany Brown on Dec 15, 2017 2:55:44 PM

Yawen Liu '18 is a unique student with a perspective of the world unlike most other students her age. Coming to Thornton Academy after attending a top school in China, Yawen, formerly known to many as "Gloria," was looking for an educational experience that fits her desire for a comprehensive education.

Yawen Liu is a senior at Thornton Academy

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Topics: thornton academy, residential life, dorm, international

As an Apple Distinguished School, Thornton Academy is at the forefront of technology integration

Posted by Jake Lamontagne on Dec 14, 2017 8:51:05 AM

At Thornton Academy, students and faculty have been on the forefront of integrating technology into the classroom to prepare its students for a changing world.

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Topics: Awards, technology, teaching