Middle School Newsletter for January 8, 2017

Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the winter break and are now eager to settle in for the second semester.  Though we still have much winter yet to come, the days will begin to grow longer, and before too long, we will be thinking spring.  We look forward to getting back to work and embarking on new adventures together.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


DRESS DOWN DAY WINNERS

Congratulations to the seventh grade for winning the NYA Kiva Club’s Change for Change fundraising challenge! Seventh grade students will enjoy their victory Dress Down Day tomorrow, Monday, January 9.

REPORT CARDS AND COMMENTS

Report cards and comments for the fall semester were sent out to parents via email on Saturday, January 7. Report cards list each class with the teacher and letter grade. Comments written by each teacher accompany the report cards. These provide more detailed feedback on the student’s performance in class, highlighting strengths and offering suggestions about areas to work on. Enrichment courses are graded on a 1-3 effort scale: 3 = does not meet expectations; 2 = fully meets expectations; 1 = goes above and beyond expectations. These effort grades can be found on the comment, but will not appear on report cards. If you did not receive the email or have any questions about report cards or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Marissa Markonish, the advisor, or the individual teacher.

FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS GRADES 5 THROUGH 12

You will receive an email from NYA on Monday about an exciting study being done by the University of Maine Peer Relations Lab. The purpose of this study is to learn how friends act with one another and how friends make one another feel better when one has a problem. NYA is one of several schools involved in this study. The goal of the entire project is to help youth have healthy relationships and feel good about themselves. Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to participate voluntarily in this study by completing a series of three online questionnaires spaced approximately six weeks apart. All participants must have parental consent.

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Dr. Rebecca Schwartz-Mette from UMO spoke with students on January 5 to explain the project. The email you receive will have more details about this study and a parental consent form. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this project. Please contact John Drisko, Marissa Markonish, or Kate Danielson with any questions or for further information.

TO PARENTS OF EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS

The Upper School looks forward to welcoming members of the Class of 2021 next August! We want to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Parents of eighth grade children are invited to set up a time for a transition meeting with John Drisko, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School. These meetings offer the opportunity for parents to hear more about what to expect as students transition to the Upper School. Parents will be able to see a sample schedule, receive a curriculum overview, and ask questions. Parents may sign up for a meeting time here. If the available times do not work with your schedule, please contact Carol Harris via email or at 846-9051 to arrange another time. I look forward to talking with you!  ~ John Drisko

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION EDUCATOR COMES TO NYA brenda-conlan

We have the good fortune of welcoming an engaging speaker to NYA to work with students in grades 7 through 12 on drug and alcohol prevention. Brenda Conlan specializes in working with youth in an age-appropriate manner that is not the typical “one and done” presentation to a large room of hundreds of students. Brenda will work in multiple sessions with grade-level groups. Ms. Conlan will also make a presentation to Parents on the evening of January 25 on ways to help their children remain drug and alcohol free. More information will be forthcoming, but certainly save the date! Until then you can learn more about Brenda on her website, www.brendaconlan.com.

NYA FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND ALUMNI OPEN SKATE

Alex Kloza (Ice Arena Manager) and Caroline Anson (Alumni Relations) have arranged for a series of open skates for alumni and families. Families are welcome to bring friends and neighbors. Helmets are required for everyone on the ice. No sticks, please. Open skate dates are coming up on Saturday, January 14, 2017, 5:30–6:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

EIGHTH GRADE WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP

We have begun planning for the Eighth Grade Class Whitewater Rafting Trip. This overnight trip gives the entire eighth grade the opportunity to come together and celebrate their time in the Middle School. Several Middle School faculty members will be chaperoning this trip. The cost for families will be approximately $135.  Financial assistance is available; please contact Marissa Markonish for more information.  We will depart after the All School Outing on Friday, June 2 and return late afternoon on Saturday, June 3.  We hope that the entire class of 2021 will be able to join us on this exciting trip!

FOR YOUR PLANNING:

1/8 NYA Sunday River Ski Trip
1/9 Dress Down Day for SEVENTH GRADE ONLY
1/9 Anticipated date to send out report cards and comments
1/11 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families $3
1/14 NYA Family, Friends, & Alumni Open Skate 5:30-6:30 p.m.
1/16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day NO SCHOOL
1/18 Middle School Debate, NYA Middle School
1/20-1/21 District II Instrumental Festival, grades 7-12
1/22 NYA Sunday River Ski Trip
1/25 Dress Down Day for Limitless Child International $3
1/25 Substance Abuse Prevention Parent Presentation
1/27-1/28 District II Choral Festival, grades 7-12
2/5 NYA Sunday River Ski Trip
2/17 Last Day of Middle School Winter Sports
2/17-2/19 Winter Drama Performances of Seussical
2/20 Presidents’ Day NO SCHOOL
2/22 Middle School Winter Activities Celebration, NYA gym 2:30 p.m.
2/24 NYA Bring A Friend to School Day
2/25 NYA Family, Friends, & Alumni Open Skate 5:30-6:30 p.m.
3/3 Last day of classes before March Break
3/4-3/19 March Break NO SCHOOL
3/20 Classes resume

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