St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre and Friends will present Shakespeare's The Tempest on August 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and August 9 at 2:00 p.m. The evening shows will take place at the amphitheater on the St. Johnsbury Academy campus or, in case of rain, in the Stuart Black Box Theater in the Morse Center; the matinee will take place in the Stuart Black Box Theater. Tickets are available at Catamount Arts (catamountarts.org) or at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Operation Creation wrapped up a very successful third year last week in St. Johnsbury. Teenagers in black t-shirts served lunch and sold hardwood cutting boards at the Hilltopper Cafe, visited area businesses, and volunteered three afternoons each week at the St. Johnsbury Community Farm.
The Academy sent six students to compete in the national 2015 SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Ethan Bernier '16 of Sheffield, who travels to the Academy from Lyndon Institute to participate in SJA's award-winning Culinary Arts program, won a Silver Medal in Commercial Baking; Patrick Schoolcraft '15 of Peacham placed 5th in Fine Woodworking. More than 6,000 technical education students from across the U.S. travelled to Kentucky to compete in 99 different events after winning gold medals in their respective states.
The Summer Youth Corp (Operation Creation) kicked off its third year on July 6th. Thirty rising ninth graders from St. Johnsbury were selected to take part in the three-week program based on an application and interview. The program is designed to teach job-related skills and simultaneously develop self-confidence and a sense of pride in their work that will help prepare students for the rigors of high school and eventual career success.
Each June, the faculty and staff gather for two days after graduation to discuss the year past and plan for the year ahead. During these days full of workshops and department meetings, we typically revisit topics raised in the August and January In-Services. This year, we focused on our upcoming school accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and worked on building a closer-knit resident life program through team-building activities. In both sessions, we learned more about our colleagues and our school. In department meetings, faculty reviewed assessment tools and worked on redesigning elements of their curricula. All in all, it was a full two days of work, and it pointed us toward summer work to be completed before August.