Tag Archives: Thornton Academy

Starting school later in the day – one teacher’s perspective

About a year ago, the schools in my community decided to adjust the start time for the local schools. The high school where I teach, Thornton Academy, changed their schedule and instead of starting the day at 7:30 a.m., students, teachers, and staff would begin the day at 8:30. With this altered schedule, instead of ending the school day at 2:05 p.m., we would now end the day at 2:45.

After a year of starting later in the day, I thought I’d share some of my observations.

Mary’s Walk dedicated to longtime volunteer – Ken Janson

SACO – Spring is just around the corner. At least that’s what we tell ourselves during the middle of the winter (especially this week). For many people in and around the Saco-Biddeford area, spring is also the time for Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K. Both events take place the first Sunday after St. Patrick’s […]

Michael Laverriere named Gatorade Player of the Year

SACO – In some ways, Thornton Academy’s Michael Laverriere hopes 2016 lasts a bit longer.

After leading his football team all year in hopes of another Class A state championship title, Laverriere ended his career short of the goal he set for himself and the team, but for his efforts and talent, he was singled out for several post-season awards.

Thornton Academy honored for its use of technology

SACO – A little more than three years ago, Thornton Academy and many other schools throughout the state tried to find the best way to integrate technology into the classroom and into their curriculum. The school decided to launch a one-to-one iPad initiative and in fall 2014, each student in grades eight through 12 was issued […]

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, 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 am […]

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 […]