Tag Archives: Thornton Academy

Authors: Never Leave Home Without This in the Trunk of your Car


SACO – Not unlike many other fall seasons, this year has been very busy. Each year as school  starts and I frantically try to learn about more than 100 new students, figure out a routine for the work day and family life, and continue to pursue my dream of writing and publishing. This year, I […]

Arts Education Leads the Way


As a student, teacher, and parent, I have long valued the traditional forms of education. If students studied what I considered the core subjects of education – English, history, mathematics, and science – that seemed the most beneficial and I expected those studies would have the greatest impact on a person’s professional and personal life. […]

A Story in Every Face – Humans of Thornton Academy


SACO – As a teacher, I am always looking for a way to engage my students and get them more involved in the work we are doing in class. Part of that search for meaningful work often leads me to look at the tools, systems, and the projects my colleagues are using in their courses. […]

One of the Best Lessons for Students and Teachers


SACO – For teachers, Saturdays are often days to catch up on grading, sleep in a bit later, and generally recharge for the coming week. This past Saturday, as 150 students from 16 different high schools gathered at Thornton Academy, I was again reminded why I chose to leave the corporate world behind and enter […]

Ballroom Dancing Comes to a Maine Classroom


SACO – High school students, especially boys, may be reticent about sharing their interests and passions. More than anything, they often want to remain as a part of the crowd of students that sometimes silently fill the hallways and classrooms of their school.  When Vojtech (“Vojta”) Machtyka decided to leave his home in the Czech […]

‘Hoops for Hayley’ propels TA team


SACO – Most coaches go out of their way to keep players from thinking about anything other than the game or match at hand. But for Eric Marston, coach of the Thornton Academy girls’ basketball team, this year is anything but ordinary: after seven league games, with the team wearing their hearts on their uniform […]

Students make music video about drunk driving


SACO – Many teenage students spend their high school years trying to figure out the path their life will take. Zac Greaton, a 17-year-old from Saco, has spent that time working as a writer and filmmaker and recently, along with his friend Brandon Aull, he released his latest music video, “Let Me Go.” The music […]