Friday, November 18        

Gratitude for Our Community

In his book The Moral Compass, William Bennet wrote about gratitude, a virtue that he saw on the wane in our society. He wrote:

If we are not grateful for our gifts and opportunities, we are not likely to value them, and if we do not value them, we are not likely to work hard to preserve and improve them. Gratitude is an important attribute of good citizenship, especially among a people blessed with an inheritance of political freedom and material wealth unmatched in human history.

In light of these words, I have spent the past week being more aware of things for which I am grateful.  Besides the big things like my family, friends, and faith, I have noticed lots of little things. And as I  always point out in my opening Chapel each semester, we have lots to be thankful for here—our campus, our financial strength, our programs, our independence—but most of all, we have a school filled with “men and women of education, enlightenment, and good character.” Here is a top-ten list of little things about those people for which I give thanks this year.



Students Participate in Alvin Ailey II Master Classes and Workshops

St. Johnsbury Academy dance students had a unique opportunity to work with a number of dance industry professionals over the last week.



New Board Members

The Board of Trustees of St. Johnsbury Academy elected two new board members at their recent meeting: C. Alison Barkley of St. Johnsbury and Paul Simpson ’65 of South Burlington, Vermont, and Naples, Florida.



2016-2017 School Calendar

Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 27
Thanksgiving Break 

Friday, December 2
Senior Capstone Day

Thursday, December 15, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Stuart Black Box Theater
Dress Code Yard Sale 

Friday, December 16
Semester 1 Ends

Friday, December 16 to Monday, January 9
Holiday Break 



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Quarterback Jake Cady lines up to throw a pass in the Division I Championship game held last Saturday in Rutland. 

Chemistry and Culinary students joined forces to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever.

Senior Sarah Bickford (on right) and other students filled shoeboxes for Operation Shoebox as part of Sarah's Senior Capstone project.

Students volunteered and donated blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive.

Food was collected all week for the local food shelves and Thanksgiving baskets.


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