Thornton Central School

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    Mix It Up at Lunch Day


    On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 our students will join more than one million other students to help break down social barriers and make new friends by participating in Mix It Up at Lunch Day. This day has become a yearly event across the United States and around the world. 

    On this day we will use a different combination of grades for lunch periods. After lunch, those groups will have recess together. This school wide event is held in conjunction with the Rachel’s Challenge program, launched in early September. Our yearlong goal is to encourage students to accept others, use kind words and perform simple acts of kindness. Through activities such as this, students learn how one person can make a positive difference in our school and our world.

    Please take this opportunity to talk to your child about this day. If you have any questions or need additional information please feel free to contact me or visit the Mix It Up at Lunch official website at

     Mrs. Morse, Guidance



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    Adult/8th Grade Book Club (ACBC)
    Book of the Month
                                Wednesday, October 16th  5:30pm
                                 Thornton Central Library

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  • Student Flu Clinic  -  Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    Forms are due Friday, October 18th


    This fall we will be hosting a school-based flu clinic for all students where you child can get an annual flu shot. Our clinic will take place during the school day, and trained medical staff will give the vaccine. The clinic is offered in cooperation with the New Hampshire Immunization Program and the regional public health network.

    There is NO cost to your family. If you have insurance, your plan will be billed for the administration of the vaccine only. You will not be billed if you do not have insurance.

    The best way to protect against the flu and its severe complications is to get a flu vaccine each year. Anyone can catch the flu, but rates of infection are highest amount of children. 

    Any questions or concerns please call Mrs. Mills at (603) 726-8904 or email at



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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