Despite the grip that this Maine winter has had on us over the past few months, we now approach one of the milestones of every academic year: Spring Break. With this respite comes the associated reflection back upon all of the accomplishments of our students during these winter months of NYA’s 205th year. Second semester academic work is now nine weeks complete, post-season play has been enjoyed by several of our athletic teams, the drama squad presented their impressive performances of Joseph, and the Studio Band completed yet another undefeated season with their Last Waltz (and a few bonus performances in Augusta). In addition, our seniors are inevitably beginning to envision their final seven weeks of high school classes that remain before their service projects as they simultaneously finalize decisions about their collegiate plans for next fall.
As we all anticipate the upcoming break, we commend our students for all that they have accomplished thus far, knowing that the spring will bring even more excitement, learning, and growth.
Head of Upper School
COURSE REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
Thanks very much to all families who submitted their re-enrollments by March 1 to ensure inclusion in the upcoming course registration process, which will take place following the March break. Students will be working with their teachers and advisors upon return from vacation to begin developing their preferred course selection for September. Soon afterwards, a schedule template will be designed to best accommodate the choices of all re-enrolled students. This will be an exciting time for students to begin thinking about next year’s selections!
MARCH BREAK READING CHALLENGE
NYA will host our sixth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. This year’s challenge is Share a Story. Find someone to read to – your grandparents, your favorite four-legged friend, your stuffed animal collection, whomever, whatever, wherever; take a photo or a selfie; and email it to Eliot Grady. All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 20 to be considered. The pictures will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff and a winner for each Division (Lower, Middle, Upper, and Faculty/Staff) will be announced on Friday, March 22 at Friday Forum and via newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!!
WINTER ATHLETIC RECOGNITION EVENING
At 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19, we will come together to highlight and review our Upper School winter athletic season as well as recognize individual student-athletes who have been selected for awards by the athletic conference or their respective NYA coach(es). Winter coaching staff will notify you regarding other program specific end-of-season gatherings.
FRESHMAN CLASS TRIP
On Wednesday, March 20, the ninth-grade class will board the Amtrak Downeaster for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and other activities. As part of their studies in English and history classes, students will examine the permanent exhibits of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Chinese artifacts at the museum. They will also have a chance to see the various temporary exhibits currently on display, including the restoration work being done on Japanese Buddhist statues. Afterwards, students will break into small groups and explore Boston with chaperones. Activities may include visiting other museums, the Boston Common, and popular shopping areas. The day trip wraps up with dinner at historic Faneuil Hall before boarding the train back home. Please check the information email from Mr. Gagne for details. If parents have not informed Mr. Gagne where they are dropping off and picking up their students (the NYA ice rink or the Amtrak station in Portland), please email Dave Gagne with that information right away.
Spring season practices for softball/baseball pitchers and catchers begin the day we return from March Break, Monday, March 18. All other practices begin the following Monday, March 25. Please see the Preseason Spring US Newsletter from Athletic Director Jack Hardy for more information as we plan ahead for the spring season.
SENIOR PARENTS REMINDER
A reminder to all Senior parents: Please submit all pictures for the Senior Video to Dave Gagne at email@example.com by March 29.
STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
The photography classes now have an exhibit of their digital images at Clayton’s Cafe & Bakery in Yarmouth. The work features photo collages using Photoshop, studio portraits, and local landscapes. Congratulations to all photography students!
Thinking about tackling some spring cleaning during March break? Do you have any toys that your children have outgrown? We are looking for toys, puzzles, and games in good repair to add to our collection of options for use during After Care. Donations may be dropped off at the main office in Curtis, under the Middle School sign-in table, or at Lower School reception. Thank you!
NYA FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND ALUMNI OPEN SKATE
Alex Kloza and Crystal Gordon have arranged for a series of open skates for NYA families and alumni . You are welcome to bring friends and neighbors. Helmets are required for everyone on the ice. No sticks, please. There are several options during our March break from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (see For Your Planning below).
The NYA Yearbook is a much-loved, highly-anticipated publication. The yearbooks will be passed out to students during our NYA Picnic/Fun Day on May 31, 2019. All NYA Middle and Upper School students are automatically charged for a 2019 yearbook, so you will see a $55 charge per student on your March bill. Don’t want a yearbook? No problem, just call or email Lisa McGlinn in the business office, 207-847-5425, and she will reverse the charge. If you choose not to purchase a yearbook for your student, please inform your child so that he or she will be prepared not to receive one on the last day of school. Contact yearbook advisor Meghan Scribner with any additional questions.
NATIONAL LANGUAGE EXAMS AND CONTESTS
All Upper School Spanish, French, and Latin language students will be taking National Language Exams in the coming months. The Grand Concours and National Latin Exam will be given before March Break, and the National Spanish Exam will take place in April. Language teachers will be communicating more specific details about exam dates and times in their classes. Awards will be announced in the late spring. Please contact Eliza Alexander, Modern and Classical Language Department Chair, with any questions. Merci, Gracias, Gratias! ~ The Modern & Classical Language Department
EXPERIENCE SUMMER AT NYA
Registration for Experience Summer at NYA is now open. NYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 15. Camps include a variety of sports (tennis, lacrosse, and soccer), art, theater, dance, circus, science, magic, and more! Register by April 15 to receive the early bird discount!
FOR YOUR PLANNING:
|3/4, 8, 11, & 15||NYA Open Skate, NYA Travis Roy Ice Arena||12:00-1:00 p.m.|
|3/19||Upper School Athletic Recognition Evening, NYA Gym||6:00 p.m.|
|3/20||Freshman Class Trip to Boston|
|3/20||Dress Down Day for Key Club||$3|
|3/20||Deadline to submit photos for March Break Reading Challenge|
|3/22||End of third quarter|
|3/25||Upper School Spring Athletic Season Begins|
|3/28||Spring Parent-Advisor Conferences Begin|
|3/30||Dress Down Day for National MS Society||$3|
|4/12||Spring Bring A Friend to School Day|
|4/15||Patriots’ Day||NO SCHOOL|
|4/16||Spring In-Service Day for Faculty||NO SCHOOL|
|4/17||Dress Down Day for Safe Passage||$3|
|4/19||Spring Choral Concert (grades 6-12), YPAC||6:30 p.m.|
|4/23||Poem in Your Pocket Day|
|4/23||Spring Strings Concert (grades 3-12), location TBA||6:30 p.m.|
|4/25||Spring Instrumental Concert (grades 6-12), NYA Gym||6:30 p.m.|
|4/26||Poetry Out Loud Presentations|
|4/26||NYA Soirée, Thompson’s Point, Portland||5:00 p.m.|
|5/3||Seniors’ Last Day of Classes before Service Projects Begin|
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