In the Middle – The Middle School Newsletter for April 9, 2017

Thank you to parents for taking time out over the past week and a half to meet with your child’s advisor. These meetings provide an important opportunity to touch base on each student’s progress and goals and to plan ahead for the final weeks of the school year. It is hard to believe, but soon we will be planning for end-of-the-year concerts, outings, and even exams, and then looking ahead to summer vacation. So much to look forward to in this busy time of year!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


animal-refuge-league-2Shannon Gallagher’s grade one-two class is sponsoring a Dress Down Day on Tuesday, April 11 to support the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Students may donate $3 or make a donation of supplies from the League’s Pet Wish List. Collection boxes will be placed at Lower and Middle School reception areas.


Parents and families of sixth graders are invited to come celebrate AFRICA with the sixth grade class! Enjoy artwork, beautiful displays highlighting various African countries, ethnic cuisine, music, and oral presentations.

WHENFriday, April 14, 12:15-2:00 p.m.  (Please note date change)

WHERE:  Middle School Community Room

WHAT:  An interdisciplinary celebration of Africa by the sixth grade!


Is your student looking to build skills over the summer? NYA Summer Programs have great opportunities to learn or improve upon sports and leadership skills this summer. Our camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and free Before and After Care is available. Take a look at a few of our camp options suitable for Middle School students below and be sure to register by April 15 to receive the Early Bird discount. More details and registration information can be found on the Summer Programs section of the website. Contact Jen Bonnett, Director of Summer Programs, with questions (847-5458).

Girls Field HockeyElizabeth Coughlin, NYA ’15; Skidmore College ‘1810-14June 19-23
Boys LacrosseWill Coleman, Holderness ’16; Franklin & Marshall College ‘2010-14July 10-14
Advanced TennisBryce Tetreault, NYA ’14; Boston College ‘1810-14June 26-30
Middle School TennisBryce Tetreault, NYA ’14; Boston College ‘1810-14July 31-August 4
SoccerGlobal Premier Soccer – Maine (NYA Partner)7-14June 26-30     July 24-28
Dance IntensiveBrio Dance Studio (NYA Partner)9-12July 24-28
Wizard Magic CampAbracadabra Productions (NYA Partner)6-16July 10-14        July 31-August 4
Counselor-In-Training (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate)Jen Bonnett, Director of Summer Programs & Chelsea McGraw, NYA Super Summer Day Camp Coordinator13-14June 26-30


The visit by renowned Tibetan Buddhist Monk Khen Rinpoche has been rescheduled to this Thursday, April 13. He is visiting NYA to officially present a Mani prayer wheel to the Academy. This traditional Buddhist wheel is filled with thousands of mantras  which are the universal mantra of compassion. When the wheel is turned (clockwise), it releases these mantras of compassion into the world. Angmo Stanzin ’16, who was a student of Khen Rinpoche in India, will accompany him for this blessing. This presentation will take place in the Gym at 10:15 a.m. All are welcome to attend.


As part of Lower School Grandparents’ Day each year, the students serve tea to their grandparents. teapotWe have been working to build a collection of teapots for this event and are still in need of additional teapots. Do you have a teapot you would like to donate for this special event? Please bring tea pots to the Lower School reception area or contact Jen Elkins with any questions.


On Thursday, April 6, Mary Cerullo worked with students in Primary through sixth grade. She shared her passion for underwater science, research, and writing with students in grades K-6. Students heard a presentation in the morning on Mary’s work with underwater photographers and scientists, particularly on favorite subjects of sharks, squid, and octopuses. In the afternoon, Mary visited all of the Lower School classes to answer questions. Our students enjoyed hearing about her dive with sharks, her love of clever octopuses, and her inspiration for writing nonfiction science books. And NYA students asked thoughtful questions and had a fun day thinking about ocean life and the power of books to bring these creatures to life. Thank you to the Onion Foundation for awarding us a grant to bring a Maine author to our classes.


With the close of the Middle School Debate season, the students on the debate team have turned their attention to working on a mock trial. The students will act as lawyers, studying the facts and lawyerapplying the law to put forward a case for their particular side: plaintiff or defense. On Friday, April 7, the team visited the law offices of Bernstein Shur in Portland. The students had the chance to meet with Bernstein Shur lawyers and get expert advice on their mock trial case. This trip was a great experience for the students and gave them an inside look into what it is like to be an attorney. The NYA Middle School Mock Trial will be on Friday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room.


march-of-dimesOn Wednesday, April 19, we are holding a Dress Down Day to support the March of Dimes. At the end of April, David Echeverria is walking with his family in the Portland, Maine March for Babies for their sons, Thomas and Raphael, who were born too early at 22 weeks on November 26, 2010. Premature birth affects approximately 380,000 babies in the United States each year. Together we can help the March of Dimes fight premature birth so more babies can go home with their parents. Please join us in supporting this great cause.


Every April, people throughout the United States celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others. Throughout the day, schools, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. This year, Poem in Your Pocket Day is Thursday, April 27. We encourage all NYA students to put a poem in their pocket and add their voices to the celebration. If you would like to share in this fun day of poetry, you can visit the Academy of American Poets’ website for more information and you can share your poem on Twitter #pocketpoem. NYA will also celebrate Poetry Month with a Poetry Exhibition on Friday, April 21 at 10:15 a.m. in the NYA gym.


singAll Chorus students should be dropped off at Yarmouth Performing Arts Center (YPAC) at Yarmouth High School before 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21. Attendance will be called in from that location. Chorus students who walk or travel to school by bus should be at the Ice Arena parking lot by 7:50 a.m., and will travel to YPAC by NYA minibus. Middle School Chorus students will return to NYA by minibus at approximately 8:50 a.m.


The Spring Concerts are coming!  The NYA Music Department will present four concerts over the next several weeks.

  • Friday, April 21: Choral Concert, involving all choral groups grades 6-12. This concert will take place at the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center at Yarmouth High School.  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and students should arrive no later than 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: Strings Concert, featuring all NYA string players, grades 3-12. This concert will take place at the First Parish Church in Yarmouth.  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and Middle School students should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: Instrumental Concert, featuring an array of NYA instrumental groups. The Middle School Band and Jazz Band will perform at the concert, as will many of the Upper School instrumental groups. This concert takes place in the NYA gym, and begins at 6:30 p.m. Middle School Band students should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 4: Fifth Grade Arts Night, featuring our entire fifth grade class!  Fifth graders will take part in Strings Concert on Tuesday, April 25, but will share their artistic, band, singing, and acting talents at the Fifth Grade Arts Night. See details below.

*Dress for the three April concerts should adhere to NYA’s “dress up” dress code.


The fifth grade will have their Arts Night on Thursday, May 4. The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m. with students and families enjoying a pizza dinner in the Middle School Community Room, followed by a showing of fifth grade artwork in the Community Room and around the Middle School building. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., students will present their band concert featuring small group, solo and full band performances in the Higgins Black Box Theater. Next, the audience will be treated to the fifth graders’ singing and acting talents in their production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. The evening will wrap up with dessert for all performers and audience members. Dress code for performers is pants and the Charlie Brown tee shirt.


I am thrilled to announce that next year I will once again offer an educational program to Philadelphia & Washington, D.C. (June 11-16, 2018). The trip is open to students currently in sixth and seventh grade. This year, students will have the opportunity to sign up for the trip a year in advance. Advantages of signing up early: you receive a discounted price, and you can spread out your payments over a longer period of time. Certainly, if you cannot commit to the trip at this time, there will be opportunities in the fall to sign up.

I will send home additional information with your student in the coming weeks – so please be on the lookout! In the meantime, I want to let you know about upcoming informational meetings that you are invited to attend to learn more about this amazing opportunity. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 26 at 8:00 a.m. in room 81 in the Middle School. I plan to cover all of the program basics, including the itinerary and the price.  If you are interested but cannot make either meeting, feel free to email or call (847-5435) with any questions you may have. ~ David Echeverria

SAVE THE DATE!soiree2017

NYA Soiree: Fundraiser to support the students and programs at NYA. Friday, May 5 at Thompson’s Point. Thank you to event chairs Jen Edwards and Josie Griffin. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information visit our website. Click here to get tickets.

Auction item sneak preview: Custom Winterstick Snowboard or Skis signed by Seth Wescott donated by Christopher & Mary Beth Lorenz P’28, ’30, and valued at $2,000. Work with the designers at Winterstick at their factory at Sugarloaf and get the snowboard or pair of skis of your dreams!


The NYA community has been supporting NYA Project Graduation by collecting and redeeming returnable bottles and cans through the CLYNK program at Hannaford. In the coming months, there is a special opportunity for us to earn bonus funds for each bag returned. From February 17 – April 24, Hannaford will add 50 cents to each dollar of returnables labeled with the ‘NYA PROJECT GRAD’ sticker. Labeled CLYNK bags are available (free!) at the NYA Lower, Middle, and Upper School Offices. Please take a few to your home or office, fill them, and return to ANY Hannaford. Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts!  ~ Joanna See and Martha Barrett, Project Graduation Committee


The final Parents’ Night Out of the year is coming up this Thursday, April 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Dockside Grill in Falmouth. The Upper School Make-A-Wish and Key Clubs will provide child care in the Lower School (suggested donation of $10/hour). We hope to see you there!



4/11Dress Down Day for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland$3 or donation
4/13 Assembly with Ken Rinpoche, NYA Gym10:15 a.m.
4/13Parents’ Night Out, Dockside Grill, Falmouth5:00-7:00 p.m.
4/14Spring Bring A Friend To School Day
4/14Sixth Grade Africa Fair, MSCR12:15-2:00 p.m.
4/17Patriots’ DayNO SCHOOL
4/18Faculty In-Service/Lower School ConferencesNO SCHOOL
4/19Dress Down Day for March of Dimes$3
4/21Choral Rehearsal, Yarmouth Performing Arts Center8:00 a.m.
4/21Poetry Exhibition, NYA Gym10:15 a.m.
4/21Spring Choral Concert, Grades 6-12, Yarmouth Performing Arts Center6:30 p.m.
4/25GISA Dress Down Day$3
4/25Seventh And Eighth Grade History Trip Informational Meeting, Savage 813:30 p.m.
4/25Spring Strings Concert, Grades 3-12, First Parish Church, Yarmouth6:30 p.m.
4/26Seventh And Eighth Grade History Trip Informational Meeting, Savage 818:00 a.m.
4/27National Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/27Spring Instrumental Concert, Grades 6-12, NYA Gym6:30 p.m.
5/4Fifth Grade Arts Night Pizza Dinner, MSCR5:00 p.m.
5/4Fifth Grade Arts Night, Higgins6:00 p.m.
5/5NYA Middle School Mock Trial, MSCR11:00 a.m.
5/5NYA Soirée, Thompson’s Point, Portland5:00 p.m.
5/10Dress Down Day for American Lung Association$3
5/10Middle School Special Olympics, NYA Ice Arena
5/10Lower School Muscular Dystrophy Association Hopathon, Lewis Field
5/12Lower School Grandparents’ Day


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