Middle School Newsletter for February 19, 2017

As another season comes to a close, we want to extend our congratulations to our students for a great athletic and drama season. Whether on the ice, the court, or the snow, our student athletes stretched themselves to build new skills and take new risks. Our student actors likewise pushed themselves to new limits on the stage and delivered a very entertaining performance of Seussical. Our afternoons over the next two weeks will be full of activity with the Middle School Winter Activities Celebration, Cabin Fever Reliever, Middle School Pizza and Fun, and a chance to visit EVO Rock and Fitness in Portland. In addition, the week of February 27 through March 3 is NYA Spirit Week. Students have special dress days each day along with humorous lunchtime activities, culminating in the Winter Carnival Festivities on Friday afternoon. After spring break, students return to spring sports and (fingers crossed!) spring weather. Be sure to check details about the spring athletic offerings from Jack Hardy below. We are all looking forward to the upcoming break and returning to school with renewed energy, ready to tackle that final push toward the end of the year. Enjoy!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools

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Middle School spring sports begin the day we return from March Break, Monday, March 20. Students should bring clothing and gear and be ready to practice that day. Additional information about preparing for the spring athletic season can be found here.


The entire Middle School will gather in the NYA gym at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 to celebrate the hard work, growth, joy, and accomplishments of the student athletes and performers. The fifth grade will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. in order to attend this event.  Parents and families are welcome! We ask that all students plan to attend and get picked up following the celebration.


On Thursday, February 23, we have planned an afternoon of activities for students in grades five through eight from 2:45-4:45 p.m. Students will remain in the Middle School after the academic day and have a bit of time to tackle any homework as we prepare for the festivities. We will have pizza, snacks, a movie, and a variety of games. This event allows faculty and students to join in on the fun, whether enjoying a slice of pizza or battling it out in a fierce game of Wii boxing. Seeing T-Mac boogie down to some Just Dance action is an event not to be missed!


On Wednesday, March 1, Ian Ramsey is offering Middle School students the opportunity to try out indoor rock climbing at EVO Rock and Fitness in Portland. Students will leave NYA at 2:00 p.m., climb from 2:15-4:00 p.m., and return to campus around 4:30 p.m. The group will be limited to 18 students and space is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up with Heidi Lathrop to reserve your spot. Parents of climbers must fill out EVO Rock & Fitness online WAIVER by Tuesday, February 28. $25 will be charged to the student’s account to cover the cost of the outing. Students should dress comfortably and bring a water bottle. No barefoot climbing, open-toed sandals, hiking boots, or hard soled shoes are permitted. Contact Ian Ramsey with any questions.


The NYA yearbook is a much-loved, highly-anticipated publication. The yearbooks will be distributed to students during our NYA Picnic/Fun Day on June 2, 2017. All NYA Middle and Upper School students are automatically charged for a 2016-17 yearbook, so you will see a $55 charge per student on your March bill. Don’t want a yearbook?  No problem, just call or email Lisa McGlinn in the business office, 207-847-5425, and she will reverse the charge. If you choose not to purchase a yearbook for your student, please inform your child so that he or she will be prepared not to receive one on June 2. Please contact yearbook advisor Jill O’Connor with any questions.


Have you ever been asked “What is NYA like?” Well, here’s the chance to show your friend just what it’s like to be an NYA student! Friday, February 24, is “Bring a Friend to School Day.” This is an opportunity for our current NYA students in grades four through twelve to invite friends from their sports teams, neighborhoods, summer camps, after school programs, etc. to spend the day with them at NYA while many area schools will be on February break. Click here for more information and to register a friend!

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Studio Band annually concludes its “season” with their final concert, aptly named “The Last Waltz” after The Band’s last concert in 1976. NYA’s version is a mixture of many different kinds of music and represents the culmination of a season of hard work by the musicians. Please come join us on Friday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Safford.


The NYA Parents’ Association is holding the next Morning Forum this Friday, February 24 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room. Parents are invited to hear Ben speak about the Strategic Planning process, with a focus on program initiatives. Refreshments will be served.


There is a Dress Down Day on Wednesday, February 22 in support of STRIVE Maine ($3). STRIVE is an organization that supports tweens, teens, and young adults with intellectual and emotional disabilities.


Friday, March 3 is Winter Carnival at NYA. We will have an abbreviated class schedule in the morning followed by special activities after lunch. Students in grades five through twelve will be broken up into groups to experience each of the activities while playfully competing against the other teams. Classes are paired together for the afternoon events:  fifth, sixth, and eleventh; seventh and tenth; and eighth and ninth (twelfth grade will be solo this year). The activities will include Name that Tune, Bombardment, Musical Chairs, Captain’s Coming, Sing Down, and Knockout. It is a fun way to unite the school community and break out of the winter doldrums.


marshamallow-drop-16-3Leading up to the festivities of Winter Carnival, we will have special dress days and lunchtime activities Monday, February 27 – Thursday, March 2. Lunch activities will include Powdered Sugar Gum (a rather messy, no hands, gum-chewing activity), Marshmallow Drop (an even messier activity that involves dropping marshmallows off a ladder into the open mouth of your teammate below), Chubby Bunny (a crazy challenge of trying to talk with your mouth full of marshmallows), and Make-Up Artist (an activity where one student applies make-up to another student without being able to see his/her face). If a student chooses not to take part in the special dress, s/he must be in regular NYA dress code. Below are the special dress days for the week:

  • Monday:         Pajama Day
  • Tuesday:         Blackout (dress in black head to toe)
  • Wednesday:   America Day (wear red, white, & blue)
  • Thursday:      Back to the Future Day (wear clothing from any decade, past or future)
  • Friday:            Team Colors by Grade:
    • Grades 5 & 6 = red
    • Grade 7 = blue
    • Grade 8 = white


Students have the option of being picked up immediately after school (by 2:30 p.m.) or participating in one of the Cabin Fever Reliever activities from 2:20 – 3:20 p.m. on Monday, February 27, Tuesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 2.  Students signed up for Free Skate (no sticks, helmets required); Games; Crafts; Gym Games; or Study Hall. As usual, the Middle School building will remain open and supervised until 4:00 p.m. each day. All students on campus after 2:30 p.m. must be enrolled in one of the activities. It should be a fun time for all!!


For the final week before March break, the fifth grade schedule will be altered to allow students to join in on the special events scheduled during that week. Their academic day will end at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, February 27; Tuesday, February 28; and Thursday, March 2 in order for students to take part in the Cabin Fever Reliever Activities. They will follow the same special schedule as grades six through eight on Friday, March 3 and then join in on the Winter Carnival fun until 2:30 p.m. The fifth grade academic day on Wednesday, March 1 will run until 3:00 p.m. as usual.


NYA’s Kauffmann Program is excited to announce the return of the NYA Middle School Leadership Academy, a four-day summer leadership program for Middle School students in the backcountry of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The program will take place August 20-24, 2017. As students hike across the Presidential Range, the biggest mountains in New England, they will work on leadership and backcountry skills, take turns leading the group, learn to face challenges, and work together. Students will stay in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s high mountain huts and learn about the ecology, history, and culture of the White Mountains. The Leadership Academy is open by application to rising seventh and eighth graders and will be led by Ian Ramsey, Director of the Kauffmann Program, and Danielle Barschdorf, Director of Middle School Experiential Education. The cost of the program is $750, and financial aid may be available. Additional details and registration information is available here or at the Middle School reception area. Registration forms and a $400 deposit should be submitted to Ian Ramsey by February 24, 2017.


nle-medalEach year, NYA students participate in National Language Exams and Contests. These contests provide our students with the opportunity to earn recognition and prizes by demonstrating their linguistic proficiency. All seventh and eighth grade students will be taking these exams. The Grand Concours and National Latin Exam will take place the week before March Break, and the National Spanish Exam will take place at the beginning of April. The fee for these exams (≈ $5) will be charged to student accounts. Middle School awards will be announced at Middle School Recognition Night on May 24. Please contact Patia Maule, Modern and Classical Language Department Chair, with any questions. Merci, Gracias, Gratias! ~ The Modern & Classical Language Department

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Parents are invited to a discussion group on Julie Lythcott-Haims’ book How to Raise an Adult on Tuesday, February 28 from 9:00 to10:15 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room, facilitated by Kate Danielson, LCPC, NYA School Counselor, and Dina Potter, M.D., Parent Consultant. The discussion will include strategies to support our students while fostering independence, raising self-esteem, and developing resilience. Appropriate for parents of all NYA students. Visit the How to Raise an Adult website for more information. Contact Kate Danielson with any questions and to RSVP.


NYA is hosting our fourth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. Read a book in a fun, creative, or exotic place, take a picture, and then email it to Jill O’Connor. All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 22 to be considered. The pictures will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff and a winner for each Division (Lower, Middle, Upper, and Faculty/Staff) will be announced on Friday, March 24 at Friday Forum, and via Facebook and newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!!  ~ Jill O’Connor


NYA_3x3_summer2016_stickyRegistration for Experience Summer at NYA is now open. NYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 16. Camps include a variety of sports (tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer), art, theater, dance, circus and more. New offerings this year include Wizard Magic Camp, Mad Science, Girls on the Run, Counselor In Training program (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate), and two levels of dance with Brio. Additional information on camps and registration can be found on our website.


The NYA Parents’ Association is pleased to invite all NYA parents to some casual evening events. The Upper School Make-A-Wish and Key Clubs will provide child care in the Lower School during these events (suggested donation of $10/hour). We hope that you can join us any time from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:

  • Woodhull, Yarmouth, 2/23
  • The Owl and Elm, Yarmouth, 3/30
  • Dockside, Falmouth, 4/13


Alex Kloza (Ice Arena Manager) and Caroline Anson (Alumni Relations) have arranged for a series of open skates for alumni and families. Families are welcome to bring friends and neighbors. Helmets are required for everyone on the ice. No sticks, please. The next open skate date is this Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


2/20 Presidents’ Day NO SCHOOL
2/21 Drama Strike; No Middle School sports
2/22 Dress Down Day for STRIVE $3
2/22 Middle School Winter Activities Celebration, NYA gym 2:30 p.m.
2/23 Middle School Pizza and Fun 2:45-4:45 p.m.
2/23 NYA Parent Social, Woodhull, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
2/24 Morning Forum with Ben Jackson, MSCR 8:00-9:00 a.m.
2/24 NYA Bring A Friend to School Day; No Middle School sports or afternoon activities
2/24 Registrations due for NYA Leadership Academy
2/24 The Last Waltz Studio Band Performance, Safford 6:30 p.m.
2/25 NYA Family, Friends, & Alumni Open Skate 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2/27-3/3 Spirit Week
2/27, 2/28, & 3/2 Middle School Cabin Fever Reliever Activities 2:20-3:20 p.m.
2/28 Parent Discussion Group, MSCR 9:00-10:15 a.m.
3/1 Lower School Arts Celebration, NYA gym 2:30 p.m.
3/1 Trip to EVO Rock & Fitness in Portland 2:00-4:30 p.m.
3/1 No Middle School sports or afternoon activities
3/3 Winter Carnival; Special Schedule; No Middle School sports or afternoon activities
3/3 Last day of classes before March Break
3/4-3/19 March Break NO SCHOOL
3/20 Classes resume; Middle School Spring Sports begin
3/22 Deadline to submit photos for March Break Reading Challenge