Thornton Academy Trojan News

New Staff: Lindsay Butler, Upper School French

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Oct 17, 2017 1:52:03 PM

French teacher Lindsay Butler shares compassion, patience, and dedication to teaching with her students.  New to TA this year, but with over 12 years experience, Ms. Butler currently teaches French I, IV, and AP French and is leading the exchange program with our partner school (Lycée Nelson Mandela) in Nantes, France. Ms. Butler expresses gratitude to students and staff for being supportive and welcoming during her first few months at TA.    

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Topics: new staff, staff, foreign language

Sports Spotlight: Girls Volleyball

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Oct 12, 2017 9:49:43 AM

As the newest sport on campus, one might expect low participation on the volleyball team.  In fact, the opposite is true, and TA's program is the largest in Maine with 64 players spread across four teams.  Head coach Corey Huot '08 is in his second year of leading this fast-growing sport for the Trojans.  Looking to improve on a development year this year, the team is currently 6-6 and is confident about chances for victories in the playoffs. 


Coach Corey Huot '08 motivates his team between sets during a tournament.


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Topics: athletics

Picking pumpkins and learning hard work: TA students go down to the farm

Posted by Kristy Kendrick on Oct 11, 2017 11:39:45 AM

This fall, the students enrolled in the Community Vocational Program (CVP) at Thornton Academy have been busy working at Leary Farm in North Saco. CVP is a program specifically designed to create real-world work opportunities and experience for students by exposing them to various vocational opportunities in the community. The broad goal of the program is to individualize sets of activities that focus on improving a student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including education, vocational training, and community participation. Some of the various task the students have done include picking pumpkins and squash out in the field, washing vegetables, making boxes for packaging, and selling fresh produce to faculty at school.

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Topics: community, investment, partnership

Pillars Student Recognition Assembly

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Oct 10, 2017 4:47:32 PM

Last Monday, October 2, a new tradition began at Thornton Academy. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in Linnell Gymnasium to celebrate the accomplishments of members of our TA community.  Led by teachers Eric Marston '91 and Mike Nelson, we recognized students that excelled both in and out of the classroom and that demonstrated the TA Pillar of the Month: Respect.  The assembly concluded with the announcement of Jack Webb as the Student of the Month for September.  Jack then led the crowd in an impassioned singing of the alma mater.  

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Topics: Awards, pillars, community

Nervous about the PSAT? Tips on how to ace this exam!

Posted by Brandon Parise on Oct 4, 2017 9:45:26 AM

On Wednesday Oct. 11th, students in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades will take the College Board’s PSAT exam. PSAT scores can be used by high schools to help asses student progress in a number of academic areas, most broadly math, critical reading, and writing. Additionally, PSAT scores provide students and their families with the data necessary to prepare for success on the SAT exam.

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Topics: upper school, academics

Buy a Hannaford Helps bag during October from Saco Hannaford!

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Oct 3, 2017 10:46:15 AM

During the whole month of October, $1 from every Hannaford Helps bag sold at the Hannaford Saco will go to the Headmaster's Student Assisstance Fund at Thornton Academy.  The HSAF benefits students in need at TA by providing them with free breakfast, lunch, and other necessary school supplies.  Bags (pictured below) can be purchased on the racks near the cash registers at the Saco Hannaford.  For the $1 to be donated to Thornton Academy, the bag purchased must be the one below and this is only valid at the Saco Hannaford.  

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Topics: community, giving

Sailing into new waters: one teacher's summer adventure

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Oct 2, 2017 12:56:49 PM

For Upper School English teacher Alex Mitchell, the summer of 2017 is one to remember.  Filled with adventures, sunsets, and occasional blaring techno music, Alex spent a month sailing and traveling throughout Italy and Croatia.  As the most experienced sailor on the boat, Alex led the trip and captained the boat.  His adventures remind us to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves and to explore the big, beautiful world around us.  

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Topics: staff, summer

Sports Spotlight: Girls Soccer

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Sep 29, 2017 3:08:00 PM

Thornton Academy Head Girls' Soccer coach Natalie Sharland '03 lights up with joy when she begins talking about the sport she loves and her hopes and plans for the program going forward.  A former collegiate player and captain at the University of Maine, Sharland is in her first year as head coach.  Despite a disappointing start to the season, the team is hopeful for a strong finish and a spot in the playoffs.  

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Topics: athletics

Homecoming 2017

Posted by Justin Chenette on Sep 28, 2017 12:47:45 PM

“T-H-O-R-N-T-O-N.” The rallying cry shouted by every student that has ventured through the halls of our local high school institution.

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Topics: community, athletics, thornton academy

A conversation with Beth Bussiere: author and science teacher

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Sep 27, 2017 10:15:42 AM

Beth Bussiere has taught Science at Thornton Academy since 2004.  Prior to teaching, she worked in hospital toxicology, biochemistry research, employee relations, and career counseling.  She balances this wealth of experience with a strong curiosity for the world around her that keeps her teaching fresh and exciting.  In addition to teaching Chemistry and Honors Physical Science, Beth recently published her first novel Come Home a New Way: Stories of Stuartville.  She shared stories from her book and advice for building a strong community to TA students at School Meeting.  We sat down with her to discuss the writing process and her thoughts on the importance of community.  

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Topics: academics, STEM