Thornton Central School

Thornton Central School

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  • Thornton 2018 2019 Calendar

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  • Shrek the Musical Jr.

    Thornton Central School Presents - Shrek The Musical Jr.

    Thursday, March 29th at 6:30p.m.



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    Start Date 3/16/18   End Date 5/4/18

    Thank you for your interest in supporting the Thornton Central School PTO and our students! We had such great success with our fall fundraiser that we decided to partner with Three Rivers Wreath & Plant Company again this spring.

    To chase the winter blues away, what better way to start thinking of and getting into the spirit of spring than with beautiful flowers. Three Rivers has a wide variety of established plants, hanging baskets and flower bulbs to chose from and, if the results are anything like their holiday wreaths, with the right care we are sure they will smell incredible, have great aesthetic appeal and last! Gardening is such a great way to teach kids about the rewards of hard work, patience and caring for something step by step and it is a fun activity the whole family can do together!! Plus blossoms help attract and feed butterflies, bees and other pollinators and bugs that kids love to observe and learn about.

    The Thornton Central School PTO is committed to promoting school spirit through a variety of school activities including family fun nights, dances, as well as school-wide Field Day, Teacher's Appreciation Week and lots of other great activities for students, their families and school staff. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $1500 to continue supporting these important events while brightening your yard and mood and sharing beautiful flowers with your kids, friends, family and neighbors! Not a gardener yourself? Get them as a gift for someone who is or donate them to your child's classroom or the Thornton Public Library's garden shed! We receive 50% of the profit for every purchase! Scroll down to view the selection.


    For More information please use this link to the website:   

     Thornton PTO Fundraiser



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  • Sugar on Snow


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  • Kindergarten Registration


    If you have or know of someone who has a child that will be 5 years of age before September 30, 2018, please have them call Thornton Central School to register their child for Kindergarten. 

    Kindergarten Registration will be held on March 28th and March 29th between 3:15 and 4:45p.m.  Please call Mrs. Lynne Campbell in the office at 726-8904to make the registration appointment. 



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    Adult/8th Grade Book Club (ACBC)
    Book of the Month
                             Next meeting to discuss this novel will be
                                Wednesday, March 21st 
                              5:30 PM at the Thornton Central Library
                         The next novel will also be revealed that night!

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  • Tiger                     Order Your Yearbook Today


             Remember this school year forever with your own yearbook,

                   packed with class pictures, school events and special

                                   shots of friends and teachers.


     Don't be disappointed at delivery time.

    Order your Yearbook today.

    Our yearbooks are only $20.00 each until April 20, 2018.

    Then they will be $25.00



    If you are interested in placing an order please send in the order form to Mrs. Shirley

    and make checks payable to: Thornton Central School 

    Yearbooks are due to arrive within the last two weeks of school.


    Yearbook Order Form




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  • There is a designated drop-off area for students arriving by vehicle.

    It is the same area where the buses unload - the split rail fence area.

    For the safety of the students, please drop off in that area only. 





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  • Bus

    For information on your child's bus route please

    call Durham School Services at:  603-726-7366





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     Thornton Central School 
    School Office Hours:  8:00-3:30p.m.  


    School Hours:
                                       Kindergarten  -  Grade 4:        8:15-2:45
                                  Grades  5 - 8:                            8:10-2:45
    ~  Students should arrive at school between 7:55 – 8:10 AM.  ~
    There is no supervision before 7:55 a.m. or after 2:45 p.m. 
    Breakfast is served between 7:55 AM and 8:10 AM.
    Students should report directly to the cafeteria to ensure time to eat breakfast.
    If your child is sick or will be absent, please call the office at 726-8904
    in the morning so that we know where your child is.   
    School ends at 2:45. Please make sure the office knows what
    the dismissal routine is for your child.  
    For the safety of all...please park your vehicle and come to the
    front entrance to pick up your child. It is not safe for them to run through the parking lot. 



Town of Thornton

    Welcome to the Town of Thornton....


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    History of the Town of Thornton


    The Town of Thornton is named after Matthew Thornton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Thornton received its first grant from the Governor of New Hampshire, Benning Wentworth in 1763. The first grant provided for a settlement of fifty families, all of Dutch and Scotch Irish backgrounds from Londonderry, N.H.  A second grant issued in 1768 to Matthew Thornton, his brothers Hames and Andrew, his father-in-law Andrew Jacks and his brother-in-law Andrew Jacks, Jr. increased the settlement to ninety families.

    Dr. Thornton became a member of the New Hampshire colonial Legislature in the years preceding the Revolutionary War. He took part in the patriotic agitation against the various tax measures the British tried to impose on the colonies. After the outbreak of war in 1775, Matthew Thornton was elected President of the Provincial congress of New Hampshire. He became Chairman of the colony’s Committee of Safety to raise troops and arms. He helped prepare a constitution for the state.

    In the fall of 1776, Matthew Thornton was elected as one of New Hampshire’s delegates to the Continental Congress. Although he took his seat four months after Congress had voted independence, he was allowed to sign his name to the Declaration of Independence because of his strong patriotic feelings.

    During his retirement, Matthew Thornton lived on a farm he owned near Merrimack. He died on June 24, 1803 and is buried at Thornton’s Ferry near Merrimack, N.H. Thornton’s report states that the gavel used to conduct our Town Meetings is made of the wood from an elm tree planted by Matthew Thornton.

    In 1784, the town voted to build the first meeting house. This building was completed in 1789 near Crawford’s Field on Route 175 north of our school. Both religious and business meetings were held in the meeting house.

    In the mid-1800s, Thornton had twelve school districts. By the end of 1800s, District 10’s area of town became part of Campton, and District 3’s school was closed in 1874. Schools were closed when the population of children wasn’t sufficient to keep them open. There were so many schools in town, because all of the children had to walk to schools in the 1800s.  The schools were open for two terms of approximately ten to twenty weeks each. The teachers were expected to keep discipline in their classrooms, teach grades 1-8 all in one room with very few teaching materials to use, start the fire to keep the building warm, haul the water for the children to drink. As the years progressed some schools were closed and the fewer students of each district were transported to three of the 10 district schools still open.   

    The lack of space, larger numbers of students and the need for a broader education, the people of Thornton came to realize the importance of a consolidated school. It was finally voted on and as a result was built and ready for occupancy in 1955. In 1974-1975 the town’s people voted and approved of the addition of a gymnasium, a new kitchen with its own equipment and a new entrance with a covered walk leading to the doors.  A second edition was made in 1987-1988. This was built at the back of the school with two floors and added more classrooms.  In the summer of 1996 two classrooms were constructed in the front of the building between the two “ells” of the school. This added more space available for the school’s needs.  The latest construction was in 2010 with the addition of four rooms, administration office, a new septic system, new well and a separate library.   Many generations of children and their families, along with many dedicated staff members have passed through the doors of Thornton Central School. 

    Broad, Marjorie E. Thornton Memories. Thornton, NH: M.E. Broad, 1998. 

    TCS 3rd Grade SS class Town of Thornton. Thornton, NH