The Middle School Newsletter for October 2, 2016

Some of the most memorable and impactful components of our curriculum take place when students leave the classroom. Whether donning waders and heading into the Royal River for Earth Science, sketching various locations around campus for Art, or heading into the Innovation Lab to record a podcast, students have the opportunity to gain a new perspective and to “live their learning.” This concept is especially apparent when students travel off campus for experiential and teambuilding experiences. The fifth graders had a special beach trip during the first week and the sixth graders had a memorable overnight at Camp Soci. This week, the seventh graders will visit The Leadership School at Camp Kieve for an overnight and the eighth graders will travel to Cow Island for an overnight experience with Rippleffect. The sixth graders will also journey to Peaks Island on Friday to explore by bike and learn more about the environment for both geological and geographical significance. As part of our mission, NYA encourages students to develop concern for the larger community and an appreciation for the natural environment and to develop self-confidence and self-respect through a breadth of experiences that extend beyond the classroom. These experiences stretch our students and expand their horizons while highlighting our mission in action.Royar river fishin 2016 (39) resize

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


The seventh and eighth grade classes will have their experiential overnight trips this week. On October 3 and 4, the eighth graders will be heading to Cow Island with Rippleffect where they will have the chance to try their hand at sea kayaking, a climbing wall, raft building, and a zip line. At night, they will sleep in large yurts on the island. The seventh grade class is heading to the Kieve Leadership School in Nobleboro on October 6 and 7. There they will enjoy buffet style meals in the main cabin and comfortable sleeping accommodations in cabins with electricity and indoor plumbing. They will engage in numerous team-building challenges and take advantage of high and low elements on the outdoor ropes course and an indoor climbing wall. Read additional information, including what to pack, here:  eighth grade trip and seventh grade trip. Contact Danielle Barschdorf with any questions.

Please note that athletic practices may be impacted by these overnights. Individual coaches will be in contact about any changes.


It is essential that we have current health forms on file for every student at NYA. If you have not already done so, please complete all necessary health forms as soon as possible and turn them in to the Health Office. Forms can be found on the PARENT tab at the top of our website. Please note that seventh and eighth grade students without forms will not be able to attend the experiential trips. Contact Ashley Moody with any questions.


NYA will host Maxim Health for a flu shot clinic on Tuesday, October 11 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. in the Middle School. The clinic is open to students in grades five through twelve. In addition, Lower School students ages four and up may attend the clinic if accompanied by a parent. Insurance and consent forms are required in order to receive the shot. Parents not accompanying a child must fill out both the Immunization Consent Form and the Insurance Consent Form in advance, and students must have the forms in hand at the clinic.  Click here to see which types of insurance are accepted. If you do not have one of these insurance plans, you may pay twenty-five dollars in cash or by check made out to: Maxim Health. Contact Ashley Moody with any questions.


The sixth grade is off to explore Peaks Island on Friday, October 7. The group will travel by ferry from Portland to Peaks Island and then rent bikes and helmets on the island to facilitate geographical and scientific explorations. As part of the Cookie Island project in Geography, students will meet with several residents on the island for short question and answer sessions, and will journal about different features of the island in order to gain a better perspective of the issues of island life. The science component of the trip will focus on nature journaling and balancing scientific observation with personal reflection. Sixth grade teachers will be in contact with more details. It is sure to be an exciting day!


There will be a dance for seventh and eighth graders on Friday, October 21 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The dance will be in Safford Center (the cafeteria in Curtis, the main building on campus). There will be a DJ, snacks, and decorations to add to the fun. The cost is $5. Dress is casual – dress down, but school appropriate.

Parents: Students and chaperones will remain in Safford for student pick-up. Please arrive by 8:00 p.m., park, and come in to pick up your student. Also, please let us know (note, email, or phone call) if your child will be picked up by someone else.


There will be a movie night for fifth and sixth graders on Friday, October 24 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The movie will be shown in the Middle School Community Room. The cost is $2. The movie will be light-hearted and age appropriate. Dress is casual – pajamas are welcome! Students are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets or sleeping bags. Snacks (popcorn, candy, water) will be served. Students with allergies or dietary restrictions may bring additional snacks as well.

Parents: As with the dance, students and chaperones will remain in the community room for student pick-up. Please arrive by 8:00 p.m., park, and come in to pick up your student. Also, please let us know (note, email, or phone call) if your child will be picked up by someone else.


Interested in volunteering at the Middle and Upper School Grandparents’ Day this year?  This annual event, where we welcome grandparents and grand-friends to campus, is a lot of fun and a lot of work, and we need your help.  Please contact Debra Ramsey and find out where you can help out!


The first parent/advisor meetings of the year will take place during the next two weeks. These meetings are a chance for parents and advisors to meet early on in the year; to check in about all aspects of the student’s life, including academics, extra-curriculars, social matters, goals, concerns, etc.; and to begin to forge that partnership of support for each student. Advisors will schedule meeting times directly with parents. 


Middle School students are invited to join the Mock Newbury Book Club. This club will meet during lunch on the second Tuesday of the month in Ms. Messick’s room. Students will read new books from a pre-selected list of books and participate in discussions led by librarian Jill O’Connor.


You should have received information for ordering your child’s school portraits from Coffee Pond Photography last week. If you did not receive the email or have questions, be sure to check your spam folder and to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from Contact Coffee Pond’s Customer Care Department for assistance by phone (1-800-632-2323, ext. 0) or email.  Our Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room.


Date change: Wednesday, October 5

On Wednesday, October 5, we will have our first of several Dress Down Days for our Thanksgiving Baskets and Holiday Families program ($3 donation).


10/3-10/4 Eight Grade Overnight at Cow Island
10/3-10/13 Middle School Parent-Advisory Conferences
10/5 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families  $3.00
10/6-10/7 Seventh Grade Overnight at Camp Kieve
10/7 Sixth Grade Trip to Peaks Island
10/10 Columbus Day No School
10/14 Middle and Upper School Grandparents’ Day
10/18 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families $3.00
10/21 Seventh & Eighth Grade Dance 6:00-8:00 p.m.
10/21 Fifth & Sixth Grade Movie Night 6:00-8:00 p.m.
10/26 Last Day of MS fall sports
10/27 MS Athletic Celebration 2:30 p.m.
10/28 End of Quarter
10/31 Halloween Costume Day and Parade
11/1-11/2 No Middle School Sports
11/2 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families $3.00
11/3-11/4 Parent-Teacher Conferences No School
11/7 Middle School Winter Sports Begin