Every year since 1998, families have opened their doors to a student from another country for two weeks. Over 200 students in total from Thornton Academy and Carl-Jakob Burkhardt Gymnasium in Lübeck, Germany have traveled across the ocean to discover a new country, make new friends, and practice a foreign language.
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.
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.