August 31, 2022


Bringing the Joy

We have waited a little apprehensively for students to return to school this year—but the first week at St. Johnsbury Academy has turned our concern to delight. I’m pleased to report that our young people are ready to go.


In the spring we worried about absences, attitudes of helplessness, students saying “I can’t do it,” and above all, anxiety—not only among students but among adults. Some students simply did not want to come to school after two years of pandemic-affected learning, an aversion so widespread that “school avoidance” has recently become an official disorder. And we saw and read about many teachers who have burned out and left the profession entirely. The resulting shortage of teachers is now a national crisis.



Hilltoppers Inspired Leadership Learning Summit

Over one hundred St. Johnsbury Academy students participated earlier this month in the Hilltoppers Inspired Leadership Learning Summit (HILLS) to prepare for the coming year. The students have already proven themselves as leaders in both curricular and extracurricular aspects of the school and are now focusing on events to lead and make a difference on campus. The group will continue to convene during the school year with the goal of increasing student agency in the what and how of campus leadership.


Monday, September 5

Labor Day. No Classes

Thursday, September 15

Meet the Teachers Open House, 6:00 PM

More information available soon.

September 19 - 23

School Photos by Jenks Studio. Fuller Hall

Friday, September 23

Walk for Hunger


Mr. Rowe's advisory group struck a studious pose in front of the library during last week's orientation day for the Class of 2026.

On Thursday we welcomed students back to campus to kick off the 2022-2023 school year. 

Stowe Green was filled last week with students eager to learn about the school's clubs and activities. Photos from the event can be viewed here

Students in Mr. Roberts' Intro to Electricity class have been busy mastering the basics this week. 

The light in Mr. Reis' classroom is perfect for learning about highlights and shadows on a rainy afternoon.

Photos from Monday's golf scrimmage are available to view, purchase or download here

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