SJA News - February 1, 2023


A Fresh Start

When I walked into Fuller Hall on January 17th, the first day of the second semester,r I was struck by the energy in the room. There is always some chatter that happens before the official start of Chapel, but this was different; this was the energy of a community that missed being together. Advisors were handing out schedules, kids were chatting and laughing; I couldn’t help but smile at the conversations, the reconnection, the joyful settling in. Fuller Hall had been quiet for too long. There wasn’t the inevitability of this is what we have to do - there was possibility - this is what we can do.  

A few days later, we hosted a gathering for our new students in the Mayo Center. We had small group conversations with kids about how they were settling in, the best memories of the first week, plans for the weekend, and what they were looking forward to this semester. We wrapped up with an activity led by Mr. LaCroix, Student Life Program Coordinator. The activity tries to simulate a rain storm and students silently followed Mr. LaCroix’s cues and used snaps and claps to represent rain and thunder. With cues from Mr. LaCroix, the snaps picked up with intensity and were interrupted by an occasional clap of thunder. After a minute or two, the storm and snaps slowed down and smiles quickly spread over the students’ faces. Whatever their path to St. Johnsbury Academy was, now they were here - together - and smiling; there was no this is what we have to do - instead - this is what we can do.

A fresh start - found in a new semester, a new school, or even a new day - is a wonderful way to recalibrate expectations and gratitude. Here’s to all the opportunities that await us!

Binaca Hanson

Assistant Head of School for Academics & Student Life


Seniors Selected as Candidates for Presidential Scholars Program

Three St. Johnsbury Academy seniors have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. Liam Markey of Peacham, Theodora Montague, and Nathan Lenzini, both of St. Johnsbury, have been chosen based on their ACT Assessment or College Board SAT performance.


International Holocaust Remembrance in Chapel

Jonathan Kalach Chelminsky, a senior boarding student from Mexico, delivered a Chapel talk on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Watch the video here.

Scholar's Bowl Travels to Montpelier

Scholars' Bowl traveled to Montpelier Saturday for a state competition and won their final match decisively. Congrats to team members, Norah Blankenship, Olivia Blanchard, team captain Theodora Montague, Nathan Lenzini, Nico Sipples, and Anna Casciari (standing).

Adult Education Offerings

Looking to get ahead at work? Always wondered what it would be like to drive a big rig? Or do you just love pasta? Our Adult Education program offers plenty of in-person and online class options to suit your needs. To learn more and to sign up for your next class, visit the Adult Education page on our website today.

Yearbook Sales and Senior Parent Ads

Senior ads are now on sale. Parents and families of seniors are asked to create their ads using this link: Senior Ads

Just a reminder that seniors will receive their yearbook as part of their Graduation Package which also includes their Prom tickets, and Commencement tickets. 

Underclassmen or parents wishing to buy a yearbook can use this link: Yearbooks

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Legge at [email protected]

Daily Bulletin

Each day in Chapel, students hear about upcoming events and sports results in the announcements. These announcements are posted to our website daily and can be accessed through the Quicklinks tab on our home page or directly through this link.


Thursday, February 2

Make-Up Photo Day, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

New students and students who did not have their photos taken in the fall are asked to come to Fuller Hall for a yearbook photo. There is no charge.

Meet the Teachers, 6:30 - 8:45 PM

Please check your email for additional information.

Thursday, February 9

Winter Carnival

Wednesday, February 10

Winter Carnival


Students in Mrs. Loder's class focused on their first still life drawing.

The Asian Culture Club celebrated the Lunar New Year this week in Chapel. Photos and videos from the event and some of the preparation can be viewed here.

Members of the Outing Club traveled to Petra Cliffs in Burlington, VT, for the Smuggs Ice Bash Dry-Tooling Competition last week. Members Ari Leven, Addison Heath, Justin Louis, Griffon Beth, and Clark Andelin had a chance to try out some of the walls.

Students have been busy after school, during advisory time, and in their dorms crafting Valentine's Day cards to share with our elderly community members through a joint venture with the Agency on Aging. The Make it Better Club has been making sure there are plenty of supplies for all of the volunteers.

Mr. Hartshorn's advisory group got some exercise playing badminton during their time together.

Photos from the Kingdom Blades hockey game vs. Stowe can be viewed here.

Photos from Saturday's Throwing State Championships can be viewed here.

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