In The Middle, the Middle School Newsletter for September 18, 2016

Thank you to all parents who were able to attend the Middle School Parents’ Night and had the opportunity to get a glimpse into their child’s school day. Parents are an integral part of the NYA community, and school-home connections are vital in allowing us to better support the students each and every day. The middle school years are a time when students begin to take responsibility for their schoolwork and for themselves. Working together, parents and teachers provide them with the skills and support necessary to do just that.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools

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NYA sixth graders at Camp Soci on Cousins Island

Check out more pictures from Camp Soci on Flickr here.

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Friday, September 30 is the start of Homecoming at NYA.  This is an ORANGE & BLACK dress down day for students to show their Panther Pride. Middle School students will follow their typical Friday schedule from 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Once classes let out, the Homecoming fun begins! Students will get ready for their games or prepare to root on the teams. We will have a table where students can stop by to get Panther Paw tattoos, face paint, orange & black temporary hairspray, and some special orange and black loot. [NOTE:  Face paint and hairspray cannot be applied until after games – it runs on team uniforms!] There are games scheduled throughout the afternoon, and there will be ample opportunity to cheer on NYA. Students may also volunteer for a shift at one of the Lower School stations (crafts, tattoos, or face-painting) and can get their own turn in the bouncy house. The Upper School Executive Council will be sponsoring an all-school cookout. Middle School students and families are welcome to stay on campus until the end of the varsity volleyball game.



The seventh and eighth grade classes experiential overnight trips are during the first week of October. 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. KeiveOct82015smThey 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.


A reminder to please not idle or park in the Middle School parking lot drop-off area in the afternoon. This can cause an extensive back-up in the parking lot which may create hazardous conditions for our students. For the safety of all our students, please park in a parking space until your child arrives.


Attendance is taken daily between 7:40 and 7:55 a.m. Parents should call the main number, 846-9051, or email Heidi Lathrop by 8:15 a.m. if a student will be absent all day, will arrive late, or will be dismissed early. It is our policy to call the parents of students who are not accounted for.



Parents, please enjoy this letter of introduction from our new school counselor, Kate Danielson.



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!



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. Contact Ashley Moody with any questions.



The first parent/advisor meetings of the year are coming up during the first two weeks of October. 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 contact parents to schedule meeting times.



As part of appropriate safety and preparedness as well as meeting state mandates, NYA will be holding both fire and crisis drills approximately once per month throughout the year. The first of these drills will be happening soon. Every effort is made to avoid making these anxiety-producing for the students. Please feel free to contact Marissa Markonish or your child’s advisor with any questions or concerns.



Tuesday October, 4

On Tuesday, October 4, we will have our first of several Dress Down Days for our Thanksgiving Baskets and Holiday Families program ($3 donation).

Each year at NYA, we support the greater community for the holiday season. We gather food, turkeys, and donations for Thanksgiving baskets for Preble Street Shelter.  In addition, we “adopt” several families, get wish lists from them, and try to provide as many items from their lists as possible. We also purchase a supermarket gift certificate for each family to put toward their holiday celebrations.

It is a moving experience for our students and teachers to be able to spread some holiday cheer and give back to others in our community who are less fortunate. The appreciation from these families is touching and students have the opportunity to see the impact of their donations. Thank you for helping to make the season bright!



9/24 Upper School Parents Night 7:00 p.m.
9/27 Head’s Circle Dinner – (for 2015-16 donors of $1000+)
9/30-10/1 Homecoming
10/3-10/4 Eight Grade Experiential Ed. Overnight
10/3-10/13 Middle School Parent-Advisory Conferences
10/4 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families  $3.00
10/6-10/7 Seventh Grade Experiential Ed Overnight
10/10 Columbus Day No School
10/14 Middle and Upper School Grandparents’ Day
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