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Middle School Newsletter for August 8, 2021

I hope that you are enjoying a fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating summer break!

It is hard to believe that the days of summer will soon be drawing to a close. While it is certainly bittersweet to say goodbye to summer, we are beginning to think about the crisp days of autumn and the beginning of another school year. We are delighted to welcome both new and returning families to our NYA community as we prepare for the new year ahead. We look forward to having our students, faculty, and staff back together on campus for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 7.

As we enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, this first monthly In the Middle newsletter provides some important back-to-school announcements and reminders as we all plan ahead for September. We will share additional updates, including the latest on COVID protocols, as the start of school approaches.

We are very much looking forward to the new school year ahead!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


An essential step in preparing for the school year ahead is to ensure that each family has completed all necessary Family Forms. This information is of critical importance and no students will be permitted on campus without the Annual Health Information and Authorization for Health Care Form. Please contact Ashley Moody with any questions regarding health forms.


Middle and Upper School New Student Orientation will be held on the morning of Wednesday, September 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is a student-only event for new sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students and for all students entering fifth grade to come to campus, meet some of your teachers and classmates, and learn more about the Middle School at NYA. Dress for students will be comfortable, casual, and masked.


Is the thought of bringing all of your textbooks, supplies, and other materials on the first day of school a bit daunting? No worries! You can bring in all your gear at the Middle School Locker Open House on Wednesday, September 1. Students can swing by the Middle School building between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., drop off some of their textbooks and supplies, and begin to set up their lockers. This is a great time to get a head start on preparations for the first week, to scope out how other students might be organizing or decorating their lockers, and to see some new and familiar faces. Students attending the New Student Orientation can head over to the Locker Open House immediately following the orientation. If you aren’t able to come by during the Locker Open House, please feel free to stop by by later that week to drop off items and set up your lockers.


We are collecting any unneeded textbooks to use as classroom spares or to pass on to students in need. We will have a box under the sign-in table at the Middle School Locker Open House for any donations. This is a great time to clean out those backpacks and bookshelves. We appreciate your generosity!


The first day of school, Tuesday, September 7, is a Dress-Up Day:  dress pants/slacks (no shorts), with dress shirt, tie, and sport coat/blazer; dress (no more than 3 inches above the knee); skirt (no more than 3 inches above the knee); or professional dress pants with blouse or dress top.

Convocation will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Denney Field. This is a special gathering for all members of the NYA community (students, parents, faculty, and staff) to start off the new school year. Students should plan to arrive no later than 7:35 a.m. on the first day. You will want extra time to drop off all of your gear and to get seated for Convocation. Seating for students is organized by grade. Students may leave their backpacks and other items in their lockers or in the classroom of their advisory (all fifth graders in Room 63; all sixth graders in Mertz Science Building 612; and seventh & eighth graders in advisor rooms as posted).

Following Convocation, fifth and sixth grade students will meet with their teachers (in rooms 63 and 612 respectively) to begin their orientation. Students in seventh and eighth grade will proceed to advisor meetings and will then follow a special schedule with all of their academic classes meeting for slightly shorter periods. Fall sports teams will have team meetings on Wednesday, September 8, and the first practice day on Thursday, September 9. Fifth grade has their first day of PE on Wednesday, September 8. There will be no music class on the first day. Remember to bring your instruments beginning on Wednesday, September 8.


All students received draft schedules back in July, primarily intended for textbook purchasing. Some schedules may remain exactly the same, but many schedules will have changes. The changes may be as minor as a study hall meeting in a different classroom or as significant as several classes having switched times and/or locations. Advisors will hand out complete, up-to-date schedules at advisory on the first day. Be sure to discard any other schedules and to use only this new schedule. Students will receive three copies of their schedule at this time – one to keep at home, one to post in their lockers, and one to keep in their agenda. Schedules can also be accessed at any time through Family Web.


Students should come prepared on the first day with all textbooks and supplies. Along with their schedules, students received a textbook information sheet and a list of supplies for Middle School classes to help with back-to-school preparations. On the supply list for grade five, six, seven, or eight, simply scan down and find each of your classes to determine the appropriate supplies. Additional supplies may be needed later, but this list should get you well on your way. For questions on textbooks, please contact Lisa Robbins. For questions on supplies, you may contact Marissa Markonish or the specific class teacher. NYA student agendas will be distributed on the first day.


Fifth and sixth grade students will have a special orientation with altered schedules during the first week of school. The sixth grade will end the week with an off-campus overnight on Thursday! (Sixth grade students will have a regular school day on Thursday, attend athletic practice after school, and eat dinner with their families before meeting back on campus to head off on their overnight.) Families will receive additional information from the classroom teachers.


The second day of school (Wednesday, September 8) is picture day. This is also a Dress-Up Day. Both class pictures and individual portraits will be taken, and the portraits will be used in the student directory. Families also will have the opportunity to purchase portraits. More information on ordering pictures will be sent out directly to parents.


UPDATED DATE: We have changed the date of the new parent welcome reception. Please join us on Tuesday, September 21 for the New Parent Welcome Reception from 4:00-6:00 p.m. under the event tent on Curtis Lawn. This event to welcome new parents provides an opportunity to meet members of the school community and learn how to get involved with the Academy. Drop in anytime between 4:00-6:00 pm “under the tent” for this reception. Register here.


summer-reading-pic-2Please remember that the 2021 Summer Assignments must be completed for the first day of school. All students have summer reading assignments in English. In addition, eighth grade students who are continuing their language studies in French B, Latin B, or Spanish B have summer assignments to help keep up their knowledge of the language after time away. There are no summer assignments in mathematics in the Middle School.


A reminder to all parents to be sure that you have set up a parent account in Family Web. Family Web is a section of our website where announcements, directory information, calendars, lunch menus, and additional school information can be found. You can access Family Web under the Parents tab at the top of the NYA homepage. If you have not yet set up a parent account in Family Web, follow these instructions and then review the information on how to use Family Web. You will also want to check that your directory information is accurate and make any changes if needed. Contact Chris Mazzurco, Director of IT, with any questions.


As part of NYA’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, all students in grades five through twelve are required to have their own laptop or similar device and to bring it fully charged to campus each day. You can find the minimum system requirements here (also posted in Technology under the Student and Parent tabs on the NYA homepage). Contact Chris Mazzurco with any questions regarding technology or BYOD.


Middle School fall sports will begin on the second day of school, Wednesday, September 8, with team meetings. The first day of practice will be Thursday, September 9. Be sure to bring all necessary athletic clothes, shoes, and equipment for your first practice. Prior to the start of school, coaches will contact families via an introductory email, including a season outline, updates regarding COVID, and specific activity information. Practices will take place Monday through Thursday each week. Detailed information about the athletic schedule can be found on the NYA website. Athletic schedules change frequently due to weather and other conflicts and it is important to check them regularly.


We will not be doing wellness checks upon arrival at school this year, and ask that all families self-assess for any symptoms before heading to school each morning. Students can be dropped off in the turn-around of the Middle School parking lot and should plan to arrive between 7:20 and 7:55 a.m. Upon entering the building, students in grades six, seven, and eight will sign in at the front table, head to their lockers, and then proceed to the classroom of their first period class. Fifth grade students will head directly to Mrs. Buehner’s room and will sign in there for attendance.

Students who arrive late (after 8:00) must check in with Mrs. Goodrich at the Middle School reception desk before heading to class.


Fifth grade students will be ready for pickup after their academic day ends at 3:00 p.m. Students in grades six, seven, and eight will be ready for pickup after practice (typically 3:30 p.m.) on Monday-Thursday and after their last class on Friday afternoon (2:15 p.m.). Please note that pickup times may vary due to athletic contests, practice schedules for some activities, and special events.

Whenever possible, students should be picked up from school immediately following their last class or activity. Families should be sure to have a clear pick-up plan in place before the start of the school day. Students will head out to the Middle School parking lot turnaround after their last class or after practice unless another pick-up time has been arranged. In that case, students will wait for pick-up in an assigned study hall room and then head out to the turnaround at the prearranged time. If your student is not waiting in the turnaround, please pull into a parking space and wait for them there. Cars may not park or idle in the turnaround. The handicap parking space is reserved for those with handicap tags. A reminder that entrance to buildings on campus is limited to students and staff only.


X-Block Enrichment Courses take place weekly for students in grades six through eight (and for fifth grade students in the spring semester). Students sign up for different offerings throughout the school year, allowing them to enhance their program through additional coursework with a variety of students and teachers. Options have included Ukulele, Knitting, Capture the Flag, Civil Rights Team, Build an Underwater Robot, Short Filmmaking, Four Square, Chess, and much more. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will sign up for their first X-Block Enrichment courses in mid-September. This block (period 3 on Mondays) is currently blank on students’ schedules.


Students in grades seven and eight will have two lockers, a top and a bottom. Sixth grade students will have one locker and a designated spot in the equipment room for sports bags, coats, and lunch boxes. Fifth grade students, who have “super binders” and fewer textbooks, will have one locker. They will also have space to store items in their classroom and in areas as designated by their teacher.

We encourage students to use their lockers as an organizational tool – unpack book bags and leave them in the locker, bring specific supplies needed for each class; pack up everything needed for homework each night. Generally, students with two lockers utilize the top locker for books and supplies and the bottom locker for athletic bags and equipment, coats, etc. Many families find the eighteen inch double locker shelf from www.lockershelfco.com to be a great tool for providing a place for all their supplies.

Each locker is labeled with a magnetic name tag. These will help students find their locker during the first few weeks of school. In addition, throughout the year, the tags will help staff to find the appropriate locker to deliver items that were forgotten at home or return lost items to their owners. Students may decorate the inside of their locker with any non-permanent and school-appropriate items. We have seen mirrors, bins, whiteboards, beads, shag rugs, and even chandeliers! Students may also hang pictures, schedules, etc. with magnets (not tape) inside their lockers, but nothing except the name tags should be on the outside of the lockers, and name tags should be kept on lockers throughout the school year. Locker doors should be kept closed and tidy with nothing protruding (hanging out) from the lockers, including straps from lunch boxes and backpacks. Be sure to check your locker and close it completely each day! While students should keep their lunch boxes in their lockers, no other food or drink should be stored in that space. Any leftover food should be removed by the end of each day. It is important to remember that, for safety reasons, nothing is permitted in the space above the lockers.

Please note that instruments should be brought to the band room before school (not stored in the Middle School).


Students may continue to bring food and drink from home for break and lunch or purchase them from NYA Dining Services. All campus meals will be pre-order or in grab-and-go format in disposable containers. We will eat outside (weather permitting) or in groups in the Safford cafeteria, Middle School Community Room, and/or classrooms.

Families will pre-order lunch through our online ordering system in your MySchool dining account. Instructions on how to pre-order may be found on the MySchoolAccount website. You may pre-order up until 4:00 a.m. on the day the lunch will be served. Your MySchool dining account will be charged after you complete your order, and we are not able to provide a refund if you do not pick up your lunch. Please note that there is not an option for cash sales. If you are new to NYA, you will find instructions on how to set up your MySchool dining account on the Student Dining Services Accounts tab on our website. By separate email, you will receive your MySchoolAccount ID number. You will need the ID number to complete the set-up of your account. Contact Lisa McGlinn in the Business Office with any questions.


Mark your calendars for Middle School Parent Night on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. The evening will begin with an information session for all Middle School parents followed by the opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about your student’s classes through video introductions by each teacher.


The school day at NYA begins at 8:00 a.m. All students should be in their designated classroom ready to learn by 7:58 a.m. Students who arrive late should check in with Mrs. Goodrich at the Middle School Reception Desk. Parents should call the Main Office (846-9051) or email attendance@nya.org 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.

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Each class in the Middle School will have the opportunity to enjoy an experiential overnight at some point during the school year. The sixth grade has their overnight the first week of school as part of their orientation. The seventh and eighth grade experiential trips will be on Monday and Tuesday, October 4-5. The eighth grade class will be with Rippleffect on Cow Island, and the seventh grade will be at the Leadership School at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro. More details will be coming soon. The fifth grade will enjoy their overnight on the Schooner Stephen Taber at the end of the school year.


Please mark your calendars for Middle and Upper School Grandparents’ Day coming up on Friday, October 22. Lower School Grandparents’ Day will be on May 13, 2022.  To ensure that all grandparents and grandfriends receive the information, please provide us with updated grandparent contact information.


Some reminders about the daily dress code:

  • Skirts, dresses, kilts (no more than three inches above the knee)
  • Dress pants/slacks/corduroys/khakis/chinos
  • Dress shorts (knee-length, Bermuda style)
  • Buttoned up, collared dress shirt (tucked in as appropriate) with/without a sweater
  • Dress blouse with/without a sweater
  • Footwear (clean, neat, & worn at all times)

In addition to the regular dress code, fifth grade boys and girls are allowed to wear polo shirts.

Please see the full details of the dress code in the Middle School Student & Parent Handbook.


9/1Middle & Upper School New Student Orientation9:30 – 11:40 a.m.
9/1Middle School Locker Open House11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
9/7Convocation7:45 a.m.
9/7First Day of School; Dress-Up Day
9/7No athletic practice for grades 6-8 (pickup at 2:15 p.m.)
9/7-9/10Fifth and Sixth Grade Orientation
9/8Picture Day; Dress-Up Day
9/8Team Meetings for grades 6-8 (pickup at 3:00 p.m.)
9/9First Day of Fall Athletic Practices for grades 6-8 (pickup at 3:30 p.m.)
9/9-9/10Sixth Grade Experiential Overnight
9/14Middle School Virtual Parent Night6:30 p.m.
9/17Edgar F. White Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, NYA Gym10:00 a.m.
9/17-9/18Come Home to NYA: Homecoming and Reunion Events
9/18Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, Toddy Brook Gold Course7:30 a.m.
9/21New Parents’ Welcome Reception, Denney Field4:00-6:00
9/22Head of School Dinner, Reunion Tent6:00 p.m.
9/30Parent-Advisor Conferences begintiming set by Advisor
10/4-10/5Seventh & Eighth Grade Experiential Overnights
10/11Indigenous Peoples’ DayNO SCHOOL
10/22Middle & Upper School Grandparents’ Day; Dress-Up Day
10/22End of First Quarter


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