Upper School Weekly Announcements

What's Up Wednesday 11/20/19

Club Meetings 


Ski Club - If interested in skiing this winter with the TA Ski Club, please stop by the Attendance Office to pick up a packet with information about the program and a form to fill out by December 6th if you decide to participate. FMI: Mr. Heiman at

Even though it is the day before Thanksgiving holiday, the GSTA will meet on Tuesday, November 26 right after school in LB 203. We'll have a few Maine items to share!  Contact Ms. HB or Mr. Speckin for more information. 



Members of the Environmental Club will be offering the TA community opportunities to purchase reusable items to replace single use items. We have partnered with Chico Bags and Good To Go. Students will have catalogs available for you to look through to select reusable totes, sandwich bags, snack bags, and bamboo utensils. The monies raised will go towards supporting the school garden and the upper school composting initiative. FMI: see any member of the Environmental Club by November 22nd or see Ms. Rausch, SB101

#bansingleuseplastic #reducereuserecycle

FMI about class penny wars see Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Martin or a student council member

The Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society starts Thursday November 14 and goes through November 20. TA Ribbons for Cancer Club will be in the cafeteria during lunch waves raising money. If you donate $1, you will receive a TA lanyard and be entered for a drawing of special prizes to be held at the next Pillar Assembly.  Donations may also be given on line. FMI: Mrs. Cassidy at


Art School Presentations 2019-20

The following Art School presentations have been scheduled during Ms. Thomas’ Gold 4 block class in room FA 122B. All students interested in attending art school at the post-secondary level may attend as long as they have permission from their Gold 4 Teacher and have a pass from them. Please sign-up in advance with Ms. Thomas in person after school. Please no surprise drop-ins on the day of the presentation!

Lesley University, Erik Gullard ~ Thursday, November 21st, 1:30-2:30PM

SENIORS: Sign up for On the Spot College Application Review Days in the School Counseling Office: All application fees will be waived.

University of New England - Wednesday, November 20

University of Maine Farmington Wednesday, December 4

University of Southern Maine - Friday, December 6

Southern Maine Community College - Tuesday, December 10



If you need any extra help or tutoring at any time, there are tutors available in the library (beginning at 8 am each day) and during all 4 blocks each day! Just drop in to the library (check in with someone at front desk) and they will send you to the tutors for that day! Tutoring now available.



IDEXX has a Career Exploration Program where students can go in and explore different careers in R&D, Engineering, IT, etc. Read a story about it here and/or apply for a visit by filling out this form.


Host a new friend from Japan in your home! Thornton Academy will host a group of students from Meisei high school from March 13 - 16, 2020. We are looking for host families for the students. 


Sophomore Youth Leadership Seminars 


HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership), MYL (Maine Youth Leadership) and RYLA ( Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) are all organizations that sponsor a weekend-long leadership seminar in early summer for sophomore students. Representatives from the sophomore class are selected to attend each seminar. These are amazing opportunities for students to meet other sophomores from across the state and participate in discussions, group activities and presentations from community leaders. The goal of these seminars is to enhance and strengthen leadership skills. Students that have gone in the past have raved about their experiences and many returns as alumni every year to volunteer at the seminars!

If chosen, students must commit to attending the 3-4 day seminar. Housing and meals are provided for all attendees. Students are only responsible for transportation to and from the seminars. Interested sophomores are encouraged to apply!

MYL seminar will take place at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham in late May.

HOBY Maine seminar will take place at the University of Maine at Farmington on June 

5-7th, 2020.

RYLA seminar will take place at Camp Hinds, in Raymond, ME, on June 28-July 1, 2020.

To apply, see Mrs. Martin in the School Counseling Office to pick up an activity sheet and the short essay prompt. Those items will be due by Wednesday, Dec 4, 2020.



TA is collecting new and gently used stuffed animals for UNE's 4th Annual Teddy Bear Toss. Collections will be donated to the United Way of York County. Stuffed animals can be put in the donation box located in the attendance area in the Main Building. You may view a video of last year's event here.


The auditions for the Spring Musical will be on Friday, December 6th, 3:00-4:00 pm.  Audition preps are planned for Monday 12/2 and Tuesday 12/3 from 3:00-4:00 pm. For more information please contact Mrs. Campbell, Mr. Hanright, or Mrs. Murray

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