SJA News - September 20, 2023


When I came here last year, one of the first large community events that people talked about was the Walk to End Hunger. Some of you may have heard of it, others of you may not be familiar. Walk to End Hunger was a week-long canned good drive, that ended with a variety day and community walk. Last year our efforts raised just over two thousand dollars in cash and food donations – which is something to be incredibly proud of.  


Then throughout the year, under the direction of Dr. Elia Desjardins and Jennifer Mackenzie, a group of Academy faculty teachers worked to generate an inspiring proposal for the ways the walk could be more. They explored ways that we could take something that matters greatly to the St. Johnsbury Academy community, and to the larger Northeast Kingdom community, and provide more help and more hope. 



Friday, September 22

Walk for A Healthy Community, 1:00 PM

September 25 - 28

School Photos, Fuller Hall, 8:20 AM - 3:00 PM

Order envelopes were handed out during advisory on Sept. 15.

A PDF of the order form can be viewed and printed here.

Please email Mr. Legge with any questions.

Thursday, September 28

Anxious Nation, Fuller Hall, 6:00 PM

This feature documentary film discusses anxiety and how it affects students.

The event is free and open to the public. More information about the event can be found in this flyer.

Athletics Calendar

We are now using Arbiter as our Athletics Calendar as part of an initiative by the VPA. For this reason, athletic events no longer appear on the school calendar on the website. They can be accessed through the Athletics Calendar on the website or you can bookmark this link for the most up-to-date Hilltopper game and practice times and final scores.

Around Campus

American Sign Language Class

Ms. Meranze and her students are learning American Sign Language as part of a new selection of classes that meet two days a week after school. Called X Block, it enables our talented faculty to connect with students in new and creative ways. There are so many great courses being offered, with a new line-up each quarter. The hope is to allow many students to engage during the year in these enriching opportunities. Classes this semester focus on a wide range of topics, including health (Personal Fitness, and Movement, Mental Health and Positive Body Image), and some focus on Academics, like Writing the College Essay, and SAT Math Prep. To see more photos from the ASL class, click here.

Harvest Time

Students in Mrs. Angell's Environmental Systems classes recently took a field trip to Wilder Farm in Lyndon. The first unit of the semester was about creating a sense of place and belonging. At the farm, students had time to observe and journal examples of interdependence, diversity, systems, and community, as well as hear about the history and sustainable agricultural practices of the farm. As a means of gratitude and giving back, students helped harvest pumpkins from the field. 

Pizza Week in the Streeter Kitchen

Chef Hale's Introduction to Baking classes are focusing on everything pizza this week, and on Tuesday they were busy preparing calzones and strombolis in the Streeter Kitchen.

Running Strong

The Cross Country teams ran strong in their home opener. Both the Boys' and Girls' teams captured first place. Photos from the meet can be viewed here.

Varsity Field Hockey Hosts Burr and Burton

Photos from Varsity Field Hockey's home opener against Burr and Burton can be viewed here.

JV Field Hockey Hosts Burr and Burton

Photos from JV Field Hockey's game against Burr and Burton can be viewed here.

Varsity Volleyball Downs Randolph

Varsity Volleyball downed Randolph in straight sets on Tuesday. Photos from the first game can be viewed here.

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