Four Thornton Academy seniors placed first in the Academic World Quest (AWQ) competition held February 27. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine, the competition took place at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offices in Portland.
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.
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.
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.
by Lauren Mesley '18
Taking Advanced Placement courses at Thornton Academy gives students the gift of 40 hours of homework every week, plenty of all-nighters, enough stress to last them a lifetime. Along the way, the students experience a $94 exam fee in the spring, at least one ton of self-imposed discipline, and a heavily weighted GPA. But for these students, they wouldn't have it any other way.
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.
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.
On Monday, September 25, Wednesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 28, Thornton Academy juniors and seniors have the opportunity to attend College Mini-Fairs organized by the TA Guidance Department. These fairs allow students to meet representatives, pick up information, and learn more about colleges, universities, technical programs, and branches of the military.
Headmaster Rene Menard of Thornton Academy is pleased to announce that Vincent Falardeau '18 has been publicly announced as a Semifinalist in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Headmaster Menard, Associate Head Marsha Snyder, and School Counselor Kelsey Ramsey presented Vincent with this exciting academic achievement.
It happens quickly during the school year; one day you're easing your way into the year, laughing through the icebreaker activties and breezing through the review from prior courses, when all of a sudden, you look at your agenda and realize that tomorrow you have two tests and a quiz looming large. It's usually this time of year when things get serious and students buckle down to lengthier assignments and first exams. Luckily, we have some tips for you on how to maximize your study time!