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February 2, 2020

Dear Families,

Congratulations, Te’Andre King! On Tuesday evening, Te’Andre became the NYA all-time career points leader for boys basketball. Te’Andre scored his 1,403rd career point, eclipsing the previous record held by Tim Deluca NYA ‘05. He surpassed the record on a late game steal and put-back, which helped secure an important Class C victory over rival, Traip Academy. The 12-4 boys are well positioned for postseason action, as is the 14-2 girls varsity team. Other Panther teams are also doing well. NYA Girls Varsity Hockey won four of their last five contests, including second place in last weekend’s inaugural Maine Prep Cup, a 5-0 win vs. Newton Country Day on Friday, and a 2-1 win against Pingree on Saturday. Boys varsity hockey defeated Buckingham Browne & Nichols School 5-1 on Saturday. The Indoor Track Team was also in action Friday night at USM.

NYA Studio Band was once again on the road on January 30. They performed a great show to a full house at Maine Craft Distilling in Portland. If you couldn’t make it, you should be sure to attend Studio Band’s “Last Waltz” on Friday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Safford. They are a very talented group of musicians performing under the direction of Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Markonish.

The NYA cast of Sister Act had the opportunity this week to work with Broadway actress Marla Mindelle. Ms. Mindelle originated the role of Sister Mary Robert in the Broadway production of Sister Act in 2011. The students performed several scenes and dance numbers for her to watch and critique. She also talked about her career, answered questions about the stage and performing, and finally performed a solo number for the students. This was a unique opportunity for the cast.

NYA’s production of Sister Act is later this month, with shows on February 21 at 6:30 p.m., and February 22 at 2:00 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved through Mary Goodrich: I encourage you to attend. The winter musical is always a great show.

Mission Spotlight

Congratulations to the NYA students who participated in the District II Vocal Festival this weekend! These students were selected for the festival based on auditions this past fall. They spent two days rehearsing together before performing their concerts at Windham High School. NYA’s participants this year were:

HIGH SCHOOL MIXED CHOIR: Rogers Crowley, Jack Curtis, Pierce Manchester, Matt McGrath, Py Morin, Afton Morton, Darby Mutagoma, Madeleine Vaillancourt

HIGH SCHOOL TREBLE CHOIR: Elyse Baron, Jackie Ellsworth, Laini Frager, Emily Greene

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR: Caleb King, Caitlin Michaelis, Genevieve Vaillancourt

The Make-A-Wish Club presented a $7,000 check to Samantha Elliott, an events manager for Make-A-Wish of Maine at Friday Forum last week. This donation is enough to grant a Wish for a child in Maine. This check represents about two years of work and fundraising by NYA’s fifty-two-member Make-A-Wish Club. Thanks to Make-A-Wish advisors Mrs. Grant, Ms. Smith, and all of the students for the remarkable work they do for this organization.

There is still time to get your Pat’s Pizza discount card to benefit Project Graduation. Cards are $10 each and worth many, many times that with the following discounts:

  • (2) $2 off large pizza
  • (2) free small cheese pizza with purchase of a large 2 topping pizza
  • (2) $2 off $10 purchase
  • (2) $5 off $25 purchase
  • (2) 15% off total bill

These cards are valid at Pat’s Pizza restaurants in Yarmouth, Brunswick, and Scarborough and can be used through August 15, 2020. If you would like to purchase any cards, please email Corinne Larson. The deadline for purchasing cards is February 15.

Re-enrollment agreements were sent to families on Friday. They must be returned by February 28. We have this deadline for a couple of reasons. First, several classes are at or near capacity, so we need to know if your student is returning in order to guarantee a spot in the class. (Agreements are sent to new families in early March.) Second, it allows the school to develop an accurate enrollment profile. This is important as it influences staffing and planning for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions about your agreement, please reach out to the admission office. If you have questions regarding the program next year, please contact Eric Austin, Marissa Markonish, or me. We value having your children at NYA and look forward to a successful second semester.

Yearbook recognition ads are on sale now! Parents, relatives, and friends may purchase and design their own ad online, recognizing a current NYA student and celebrating their achievements! Ad space is available on a first come, first served basis, and all yearbook ads must be submitted by Thursday, February 13. Click here for more information on purchasing and designing a yearbook ad for your student! Please contact Yearbook Advisor, Sara Jaffe, with any questions.

NYA will have a Dress Down Day to benefit The Fulfillment Fund this Friday. Marina Stam, NYA ’15, works with this nonprofit in Los Angeles, which provides mentoring programs and financial support for low-income and first-generation students to make it to college. She is running a 5K with them in early March to raise money to support the organization. “When I was brainstorming ways to get involved, I immediately thought of reaching out about a Dress Down Day at NYA,” she said. Thanks for everyone’s support of this worthy cause–and an NYA alumna!

Save the Date: Lower School Grandparents’ Day will be on Friday, May 1. This is a great day for grandparents or “grandfriends” to visit campus, enjoy student performances, and see classes in action. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the grandparent information form at so we can be sure your family receives an invitation. Contact Crystal Gordon ( 207-847-5401) with questions.

Mark your calendars for the 36th Annual NYA Soirée on Friday, May 15. Enjoy a night out with parents, alumni, and friends while supporting NYA. We are still looking for event sponsors and auction items. Please reach out to a member of the Planning Committee or Crystal Gordon in the Development Office with ideas! NYA Soirée Planning Committee: Maryea Curtis P’30; Jen Edwards P’30, P’32, P’36; Jillaine Geary P’26, P’28; Amity Jackson P’21, P’22, P’26; Dianna Mutagoma P’22, P’25; Lissa von Brecht NYA ’02; and Jennifer Yilmaz P’19, P’22, P’24.

Reminder: Friday, February 7 is an early release day for faculty professional development. Faculty will being doing work by department. Students will be released at 11:30 a.m. Safford will be open for morning snacks, but not lunch. Buses will depart at 11:40 a.m. There will be no Middle School sports, but Upper/Middle School drama will meet for lunch and a special rehearsal. There are some Upper School games and practices so Upper School students should look for details from their coaches.

Upcoming Home Athletic Contests:

Monday, February 3JV Boys Hockeyvs. Lewiston5:50 p.m.
Thursday, February 4Boys Varsity Basketballvs. Old Orchard Beach (Senior Night and last regular season home game)5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 4Girls Varsity Basketballvs. Old Orchard Beach (Senior Night and last regular season home game)7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5Girls Varsity Hockeyvs. Kents Hill5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 6MS Girls Hockeyvs. Mt. Ararat4:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8Girls Varsity Hockeyvs. Brewster Academy3:20 p.m.

Please be sure to check to confirm game details.

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Ben Jackson
Head of School


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