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Community Update--May 29, 2020 

May 29, 2020

Dear Thornton Academy Families:

Today marks the end of our eleventh week of remote learning. On Monday, we enter the final week of the 2019-2020 school year and bring some of the most challenging months we’ve faced, both as individuals and as a learning community, to a close. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you again for all the ways you stepped up to face these challenges together. We recognize the additional demands the last few months have placed on you, and want to acknowledge the important role you have played your child’s education in this new remote environment. Their ability to adjust to this evolving situation with integrity and perseverance would not have been possible without your involvement.

End of Year Pick Up/Drop Off for Students
Typically, the end of the school year is marked with different teachers, offices, or departments planning times for students to pick up items such as yearbooks or art portfolios. At the same time, those Thornton faculty/staff are organizing the return (or drop off) of items such as school uniforms, iPads, and textbooks. Because we still have restrictions of who and when people can be on our campus, we have arranged a unique process for this spring which adheres to the recommended social distancing guidelines. Please click on your student’s class year to view instructions and to sign up for a time to visit campus.

Class of 2020 / Class of 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023

Virtual Recognition Ceremonies
This past week we honored the accomplishments of our undergraduate students during three very special virtual Undergraduate Awards Night ceremonies. While we certainly missed the opportunity to congratulate each student in person, these online events were a wonderful example of the strength of our connection as a community. We were grateful to be able to recognize the hard work and perseverance of students virtually and are thankful for all who “attended”—and to the faculty, staff, and students who worked so hard to make these ceremonies possible!

As you can imagine, physical closure of our school has been particularly hard for our seniors who have anticipated graduation events all year. We know that the traditions associated with commencement and other milestone events are treasured by the entire community, and we have worked hard to craft meaningful experiences that recognize the tremendous achievement that graduation symbolizes for our seniors. We hope you will join us for two more virtual celebrations honoring the accomplishments of the class of 2020 next week! The following events will be recorded in advance and available to view via Facebook live at these times:

Online Senior Assembly: Thursday June 4th at 9:30am
Online Baccalaureate Ceremony: Friday June 5th at 7:00pm


Commencement 2020
In addition to these events, we are working to recreate a traditional Thornton Academy Commencement event by replicating and filming individual segments of our ceremony on campus, while ensuring physical distancing protocols are observed. These individually filmed segments will then be compiled to create the video that will be shown, along with the traditional Senior Slideshow, at two Commencement ceremonies that will occur at the Saco Drive-In.

Please join us in celebrating and supporting the class of 2020 by viewing a live stream of the ceremony that will be held on Wednesday, June 24th at 9:00pm. (A recording of this ceremony will also be available for viewing on our website later in the week.)

Thank you again to each of you for working together to make it to the end of this challenging year. I will continue to share updates and details about upcoming plans, including our evolving plan to reopen the school, which continues to be informed by the Maine CDC and Office of the Governor. As always, our highest priority is the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and community. 

Be well, 

Rene M. Menard
Headmaster

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Virtual Event Recordings

End-of-Year Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Because we still have restrictions of who and when people can be on our campus, we have arranged a unique process for this year's pick-up and drop-off process which adheres to recommended social distancing guidelines. Please click on your class year to view instructions and sign up for a time to visit campus.

Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Class of 2023

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