Holiday Greetings!

Dear Vermont Academy community,

I’m writing this as the last few big flakes of our first big winter storm fall throughout Saxtons River. Our campus is now covered in over twenty inches of fresh, powdery snow! It’s not only a spectacular sight to behold, but the hush that has descended on Long Walk evokes a peace that has been difficult to find this past year. I can’t think of a better way to usher in the holiday season, and I am filled with hope and best wishes for you and your family far and wide.

We’ve been working hard to keep parents and students as up-to-date as possible regarding our campus and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. I imagine you are as warmed as I am by watching the countless celebrations heralding the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines at hospitals around the country! These scenes give me even more hope for the coming year. 

Our confidence in our being able to open as planned grows stronger and stronger each day. Public schools in Vermont’s communities have reported their first cases within their populations, yet they have stayed open and remain on course to open the first week of January. Due to the diligence and hard work of all of our staff, plus the cooperation of our students and families, we made it through the fall without a positive case on campus. I’m confident we can do the same this winter and spring! 

I’m encouraging my staff to rest and relax during the holidays as we have been moving at a grueling pace. I hope you find time for peace, reflection, and relaxation in the coming days. In this time of reflection and gratitude, please consider giving a gift to Vermont Academy. We are here through the generosity of people like you. As the year comes to a close, we invite you to reflect on your own student’s story as to how their Vermont Academy education is helping them become their best self, and if possible, make a gift to The Campaign for Vermont Academy’s Future.

May your holiday season be filled with warmth, hope, and good cheer!

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Vermont Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding and day school in southern Vermont, serving grades 9-12 plus a postgraduate year.