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

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

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

Taking an AP class at Thornton Academy - It's fast becoming the norm.

Posted by David Arenstam on Nov 29, 2017 8:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: academics, AP Curriculum

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

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

College Mini-Fairs on campus this week

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Sep 26, 2017 10:01:59 AM

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.   

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Topics: academics, guidance

Vincent Falardeau '18 Named National Merit Semifinalist

Posted by Brittany Brown on Sep 20, 2017 10:25:27 AM

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.

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Topics: Awards, academics

How to: Maximize your study time!

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Sep 19, 2017 4:04:59 PM

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!  

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Topics: academics, thornton academy

Meet the Staff: Director of Guidance, Kelley Hodgman-Burns

Posted by Brittany Brown on Sep 11, 2017 4:00:00 PM

In Kelley Hodgman-Burns' freshly unpacked office, a kinetic sandbox, play dough, and "Pinch Me Dough" in lavender scent are centered on a small round table in an effort to "provide what (she) can to help students feel comfortable and at ease. (Faculty too, for that matter)."

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Topics: academics, guidance, counselor