Thornton Central School

Thornton Central School

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  • Just in time for summer, Thornton Police Department has Bike Helmets to give away! 
    There is a limited supply and they will go fast! Please contact Sandy Moulton at the Thornton Town offices to get your bike helmet.
    She can be reached at:
    Click on the following link to read about how to properly fit a helmet:
    Enjoy the summer months safely, get your son or daughter a bike helmet today! 

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  • National Night Out


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  • Thornton Central School PTO (2018-2019)

    We're excited about the upcoming school year and look forward to harnessing and building on the excitement and energy that makes Thornton such a great community.  Even though summer vacation is upon us, we are already making plans for next year.  Whether you are a parent, grandparent or legal guardian interested in being an active member at every PTO meeting, can only make it once in a while or can simply volunteer to help as needed, we'd love to have you join us in carrying out the traditions of our blue ribbon school as well as starting some new ones.


    Here are a few upcoming events...

    If you are new to Thornton or a long-time resident, we want to create opportunities to make everyone feel welcome, make new friends and to just have some fun!  Here are some happenings that the PTO is sponsoring and/or thought you might be interested in.

    Want to stay up to date on what the PTO is doing?

    Click Here and Like Us on Facebook
    Get to Know Your PTO

    We have a great mix of new and returning members and wanted

    to take a moment to introduce everyone.


    Diana Daigle


    I am excited to be a new Co-President with Kate, I love bringing people together and hope to utilize PTO to help build our community. I have two daughters, Brynn and Shea, who are having a great experience attending TCS.


    Kate Hadaway


    My family moved to Thornton two years ago.  Our daughter will be going into 2nd grade in the fall and my son will enter kindergarten in 2020.  I have helped with fundraising for the PTO in the past and now I am really excited to take a more active role.  We love the TCS community!


    Diana Pamplin


    I am thrilled to be a part of the PTO again this year.  I'm so excited to see all this new energy and membership bring us closer together as a school community.   I am a mom to Rachel (age 10) and Christopher (age 6) and I love being involved here at TCS.

    Rachael Kirwin


    I am a mother of 3. I have a son who is 8 and daughter that is 6 and a daughter who is 5. We moved to Thornton in June of 2017. I am excited to see the PTO grow and be welcoming to new families and build a supportive community environment for our children

    Eileen Woolfenden

    Faculty Advisor

    I am the Title I Reading Teacher at Thornton.  While my son is currently at the high school, I have been part of the TCS PTO for a few years. I look forward to continue helping create a fun and welcoming environment at TCS and organizing a number of great events for faculty, staff, students and parents.

    Andrea Charbonneau

    Faculty Advisor

    I'm the Music Teacher at TCS. Next fall will be the beginning of my 21st year at the school. Some of the PTO members are former students of mine! I look forward to helping out any way I can.


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    Monday through Thursday 8:00-12:00


    August 6th - until the end of Austust 23rd, 2018

    Monday through Friday 8:00-3:00




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  • Summer Fun


    For Summer Camp Information Click Here

    Parks & Recreation and Local Sports & Summer ADAPT Click Here





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    Back to School Registration Packages...

    Packages will be mailed the week of August 6th,

    if your mailing address has changed or you have moved....

     please call the office before then to let us know.







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  •  Back to School


    Middle School Open House

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018


    5th - 6th  5:45-6:30p.m.

    7th - 8th  6:30-7:15p.m. 





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  • Oopen House  K-4 Open House

    Thursday, September 20, 2017



    We are offering free fingerprinting during K-4 Open House

    If you wish to chaperone field trips or volunteer within the school, you need to be fingerprinted. If you have been fingerprinted at TCS or in another school within the SAU#48 system, you are all set. 




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  • School Pictures 

    School Photos

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2018



    Picture forms will be sent home at the beginning of school




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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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  • School Calendar


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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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     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