May 4, 2021
Headmaster’s Message

Celebrate Our Teachers

In 1944, so they say, an African American school teacher at a segregated school in Arkansas named Mattye Whyte Woodridge wrote a letter to the governor. She wrote letters to the governors of all the states, and to education leaders, and finally to Eleanor Roosevelt. She wrote to ask for more official civic recognition of the work done by teachers in schools across America.

SkillsUSA Students Honored

Eve Codling (l) and Audrey Royer were honored in Chapel this week for their achievements at the state SkillsUSA competition held virtually last month. Codling, a senior, won the top prize in the Commercial Baking division and will compete for the national title in June. Audrey, a junior, earned a bronze medal in Job Skills Demonstration Open.

Science Olympians Tops in Vermont

Members of the Science Olympiad team gathered on the steps of Fuller Hall after receiving their medals. Front row: Qingyue "Jenny" Li. Second row: Anita Surmacz, Ida Berghaell. Third row: Riad Hasanov, Eric Chen, Myles Thornton-Sherman. Back row: Patrick Griffin, Mr. Eckel, Luke Young-Xu. Missing from the photo are Aurora Achilles, Dolma Sherpa, Ellie Syn.
Clear River Review Virtual Launch

The latest edition of the Clear River Review is here, and it is beautiful! The work of 28 individuals is included in this year’s issue and includes outstanding examples of student work. Categories include visual arts, non-fiction and fiction writing, and poetry. The virtual launch and celebration will take place this Thursday at 7: 00 PM. Please contact Mrs. Mackenzie or Ms. Drew if you'd like to have a Zoom link to the event or to purchase a copy. This link can be used to order copies on-line.
Local Filmmakers Shine

The annual Tap Into 72-Hour Family Film Slam, presented by SOCAPA and Catamount Arts, recently wrapped up. SJA students were well represented in the final awards, including Misspent, which won an award for Best Acting in the Competitive Class. The crew was made up of Hero McCarty and brothers Max and Gus Zevon-Powell. All of the submissions can be viewed at this link.
Math Team Completes Season

SJA’s Math Team has competed in the annual New England Math League for the last six months. Students were challenged with six questions each month, ranging from Algebra1 concepts to Pre-Calculus and Combinatorics content questions. Each student was graded individually and then each school is graded based on the top five scores submitted each month.

The New England Math League consists of over 75 public and private schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

St. Johnsbury Academy finished in 14th place overall, with 142/180 points.

SJA's top five overall scorers through the six rounds of competition were Theodora Montague, Yicheng "Nathan" Shen, Luke Young-Xu, Qingyue "Jenny" Li, and Zelin "Aiden" Chen. Luke Young-Xu had a perfect score in rounds two and six. Other perfect scores included Jiabin “Andy” Xu (Round 4), Yicheng "Nathan" Shen (Round 6), Qingyue "Jenny" Li (Round 6), Zelin "Aiden" Chen (Round 6).
Summer Symposium at SJA Announced

St. Johnsbury Academy Headmaster Sharon Howell recently announced a new summer initiative that will begin this year on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy: the SJA Summer Educational Symposium. The Symposium, scheduled for July 25-28, 2021, will give educational leaders the opportunity to work with their peers to reimagine the nature and quality of students’ learning and to bridge the distances that have opened between teacher and teacher, teacher and student, and student and student as they begin to move on from the pandemic.


Tuesday, May 18
Fashion Show
More info will be available soon.

Friday, May 27
Last Day of Classes
Nearly 150 seniors presented their Capstone Projects on Friday. Whether they were done in person on campus, or virtually through Zoom, the day was a great success and a welcome return to a sense of normalcy. Photos from the day can be viewed here.
Photos of the Girls' Tennis team's match against U-32 can be viewed here.
Our freshman track athletes had to wait a day for their meet, due to rain, but the wait was worth it as they had a very successful day at the NEK Freshmen Meet. Photos from the meet can be viewed here.
Photos from the JV Boys' Lacrosse game against Mt. Abraham on Saturday can be viewed here. Our SmugMug gallery is filled with even more photos after a full week of play. Click this link to see them all.