Upper School Newsletter for May 7, 2017

Spring has definitely arrived at the Upper School. It is a time when students take AP Exams, finals are on the horizon, the celebrations of Senior Dinner, Awards Day, and Commencement are in the final planning stages. And to be honest, minds easily wander to the outdoors competing with the need to stay focused for success at the end of the year.

We understand that this is both a stressful time and a hopeful time for students. They should make sure they budget their time in a useful and productive manner so they can get enough sleep. It will help to look weeks ahead in planning rather than just days. This will also help for preparation for final exams.

One of the hallmarks of NYA is “extra help.” This is the time of year when students may need it more than ever. Faculty are always willing to help, when the time can be scheduled. I encourage students not to shrink from seeing their teachers. It is amazing what a ten minute conversation with a teacher can do to help clarify a misunderstanding or help begin a piece of writing.

With all of that said, I hope you can enjoy this Maine spring. We deserve it after the Maine winter!

John Drisko
Assistant Head of School & Head of the Upper School


AP EXAMS MAY 8 THROUGH MAY 12

Monday, May 8: 8:00 Biology 8:00 Music Theory 12:00 Physics C
Tuesday, May 9: 8:00 Calculus AB & BC 12:00 French
Wednesday, May 10: 8:00 English Language & Composition 12:00 Macroeconomics
Thursday, May 11: 8:00 Comparative Government & Politics 12:00 Statistics
Friday, May 12: 8:00 Microeconomics 12:00 European History

END OF YEAR SCHEDULE

Friday, May 26 Final Day of Classes. Classes end at 1:10 at which time all teachers will be available for Extra Help.
Monday, May 29 No School – Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30 Exams
8:30 – 10:30     Mathematics Exams
12:30 – 2:30      English Exams
Wednesday, May 31 Exams
12:30 – 2:30      Language Exams
Thursday, June 1 12:30 – 2:30      Science Exams
12:30                  Senior Social Service Debrief
1:30                    Graduation Practice, Front Lawn or Gym if raining
6:15                    Senior Dinner
 Friday, June 2 Awards Day (A dress-up day for the Awards Ceremony. Students may change  afterward into dress down clothes.)
8:30 Sharp       Awards Ceremony followed by refreshments in Safford and Art Exhibit in Curtis.
10:00 – end of day     “Fun Day” including events for students and picnic. (Lunch provided.) Yearbooks distributed.
 Sunday, June 4 Commencement at 2:00 pm on the Front Lawn. Rain venue will be the First Parish Church.

DRAFT CAMPUS MASTER PLAN PRESENTATION

Representatives from Scott Simons Architects will be on campus to present a draft of a campus master plan for community feedback and discussion. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room.

DRESS DOWN DAY THIS WEDNESDAYala-logo-head

There will be a dress down day on May 10 for the American Lung Association.

13 REASONS WHY DISCUSSION

13Kate Danielson will host a discussion for both parents and students about the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. You received en email from her about this series, depicting a teen suicide. All are welcome:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room.

EXPERIENCE SUMMER AT NYA

NYA_3x3_summer2016_stickyNYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 16. Camps include a variety of sports (tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer), art, theater, dance, circus, and more. New offerings this year include Wizard Magic Camp, Mad Science, Girls on the Run, Counselor In Training program (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate), and two levels of dance with Brio. Additional information on camps and registration can be found on our website. Camps are filling up, so register soon!

JUNE 15! ATTENTION RETURNING FAMILIES! JUNE 15!

June 15 is the deadline for several forms required for the 2017-2018 school year, including health forms and off-campus travel and athletic participation release forms. All forms and instructions can be found at Returning Family Forms on our website. You can also reach this page from the dropdown menu under the ‘Parents’ tab on NYA’s homepage. Thank you for completing these forms by the due dates. It is a tremendous help to our faculty and staff!

JUNE 2018 FRANCE TRIP

eiffel-towerFrom iconic sites in Paris, such as the Louvre and Notre Dame, to the beaches of Normandy and wine cellars in the Loire Valley, there is much to explore in France. NYA’s June 2018 educational trip is our chance to see, taste, and experience French culture first-hand. This trip will be open to current eighth through eleventh grade students and will include a tour of Paris, the French Riviera, and Monaco. An informational meeting will be held in the fall for those interested in learning more about this trip. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Upper School French teacher and trip leader Fatou Diagana.

 

FOR YOUR PLANNING

5/9/2017 Draft Campus Master Plan Presentation 5:30 p.m. in MSCR
5/10/2017 Dress Down Day for American Lung Association   $3
 5/10/2017  13 Reasons Why Discussion 7:00 p.m. in MSCR
 5/11/2017  Dinner and Movie Night for Seniors 5:00 p.m. in Grizzy Quad
 SEE END OF YEAR SCHEDULE ABOVE FOR DETAILS OF THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR

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