Thornton Academy News

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Campus closed - no school on October 26

Dear families and staff:

We are shocked and saddened by last night’s tragic events in Lewiston. While shootings have become far too common on the national news, nothing prepares you for when it happens close to home. Our hearts go out to those affected by these horrible acts.

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. As you know, the person responsible for last night’s terrible events in Lewiston is still at large. Out of an abundance of caution, and in conjunction with Saco schools, we have decided to cancel classes today for both the Upper and Middle Schools. 

Due to the circumstances, today will not be an asynchronous day. Please take care of yourself and your family.

No words can provide comfort at a time like this – all of us are struggling with the news. Our school counselors will be available in the coming school days for those students and staff who would like to talk about what has happened in our state. There is also a list of resources at the end of this message that might be helpful if your student would like additional support.

Please take care and stay safe.


Rene Menard, Headmaster



Maine 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (888) 568-1112


Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.  (


Maine Help Line (800) 464-5767 & press "1"

(A talk line, not a crisis line)

Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm


Center for Grieving Children

An Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, trauma, and major loss.



Mental Health Agencies in York/Cumberland Counties 

Art of Awareness

100 Waterman Drive, South Portland, ME

207-799-1331 or

Providing: Individual, family, and group therapy.


Maine Behavioral Healthcare 

265 North Street  Saco, ME


Providing:  ACT, adult ICI, crisis services, residential services, outpatient services, social clubs, supported housing


York County Shelter Programs, Inc. 

PO Box 820 Alfred, ME

207-324-1137 TTY: 324-5290

Community residential services.