Thornton Central School

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    Winter Break

    Winter Recess  - No School February 24th - February 28th

    See you all on Monday, March 2nd



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    Thornton School District Meeting

     Thursday, March 5th, 2020  6:00pm 



    These meetings will still take place even if school is

    cancelled due to inclement weather


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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, 2020, 

    please have them call Thornton Central School to register their child for Kindergarten. 


    Kindergarten Registration will be held on Wednesday, March 11th and

    Thursday, March 12th between 3:15 and 4:45p.m.


     Please call Mrs.Campbell in the office at 726-8904 to make the registration appointment. 



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    For Building and Renovation questions, please email


    TCS Building Renovation Conceptual Link


    TCS 10Yr. Capital Improvement Plan       Enrollment Projection Study 2019


    TCS 2019 Building & Renovation Town Needs


    School Board Meetings:   12/16, 1/27


     TCS Building and Renovation Town Needs



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    Adult/8th Grade Book Club (ACBC)
    Book of the Month
                              The next Book of the Month meeting will be on
                           Wednesday, March 18th 
                            Thornton Central Library

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  • Thornton Central School Water Report



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  • Bus                        For information on your child's bus route please

    call Durham School Services at:  


    22 Merrill Access Road, Thornton, NH 03285 



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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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    Our Peaceful School Bus Rules


                        Stay seated at all times; the driver may tell you where to sit

                        Always respect others, the bus and yourself

                        Friends are kind to each other while riding the bus

                        Eating and drinking on the bus is a safety no-no

                        Talk quietly and use kind and appropriate language

                        You are responsible for making your bus a PEACEFUL one!







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TCS Happenings

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School Information

     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