SJA News - September 27, 2023

Celebrating Yom Kippur

On Monday, September 25, longtime SJA faculty member Ellen Meranze spoke during morning chapel in Fuller Hall about the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Ms. Meranze teaches in the Languages Department and in the Capstone program, and this quarter has taught a popular X-block class in American Sign Language. 

On Rosh Hashanah, it is written. On Yom Kippur, it is sealed. 


Good morning. Last night at sundown began the highest of the high holy days for Jewish people around the world: Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Today is the culmination of what began ten days ago on Rosh Hashanah. Then we started the celebration and preparations for the year 5784 in the Gregorian calendar. 


Creating a Safe Learning Environment

St. Johnsbury Academy faculty and staff are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your child’s experience this academic year, as we endeavor to live out our school theme of Semper Discens – always learning – as a community.

We feel strongly that SJA provides many supports to create a safe learning environment on campus, including the advisory program, small class sizes, and programming and services to support students’ physical, mental and emotional

wellbeing. While we believe that a community based on relationship leads to a safe environment, we also recognize the need to be prepared for the unforeseen. Just as we prepare for the unlikely emergencies of fire, weather, and other

environmental hazards, we must also prepare for the unlikely event of a violent critical incident.



September 27-28

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 Steve.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.

Friday, October 6

Faculty In-Service, No Classes

Monday, October 9

Faculty In-Service, No Classes

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

SJA students, faculty, and staff took to the streets on Friday for the Walk for a Healthy Community. Photos from the event can be viewed here.

Members of SJA's athletic teams participated in Sunday's 2023 Walk to End Alzheimers. Photos of the teams can be viewed here.

Students in Mr. Bugbee's Construction classes are building a new storage building for the school's sports equipment.

Culinary students traveled to Burtt's Apple Orchard as part of their Farm to Table course. Students picked Honeycrisp and Cortland apples to bring back to the classroom and prepared apple crisp. 

The Topper Friends Club has been busy designing cards to share with the residents of the St. Johnsbury House.

Mr. Reis and his Drawing students spent the morning capturing the beauty of the campus.

Mr. Holden and Mr. Legendre took advantage of the perfect weather last week to get out on the climbing wall with their Intro to PE students.

On Sunday, students traveled with Mr. Weiss to the North Country Climbing Center.

The JV Boys' Soccer team hosted CVU on Saturday. Photos from the game can be viewed here.

The Varsity Girls' Soccer team hosted Burlington on Friday afternoon. Photos from the game can be viewed here.

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