Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Winter 2007 - Page 12 Middle School—Vision to Reality For the first time since 1848, Thornton Academy welcomed 11- to 13-year old students back into classrooms as classes in grades 6, 7 and 8 began this September. Plans for the middle school program began more than four years ago in 2002 with discussions with the towns of Dayton and Arundel to support their sixth, seventh, and eight grade students. Arundel is currently under a 10-year contract with Thornton to educate all of the town’s middle grade students. During a January 2006 Open House, Arundel students and the families checked out plans for the new middle school facility. Students also were encouraged to “Give us a Hand” by tracing their hands on a wall inside a future classroom. After many months of planning and preparations, what emerged is a state-of-the-art middle school, complete with cutting edge technology, a rigorous academic curriculum, and superior faculty and staff. Prior to the first day of school, Academy administrators, trustees, faculty and staff, gathered to welcome Thornton Academy’s middle school students and their families at a family picnic in August. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was held later for dignitiaries and friends to thank all who contributed to the successful addition of the middle school facility and program. From the cold snow of January and empty walls (Above) Future students help unfurl the Thornton Academy middle school banner at the open house in January 2006. To first days of school (Right) Liz Wrigley teachers her class while using the interactive white board. Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘89 and Mitch Boutin ‘01. 12 POSTSCRIPTS * WINTER 2007 To celeb and rib