Middle School Newsletter for January 22, 2017

Our classrooms have been alive with vibrant learning, and teachers were delighted to share a small piece of that with you in their comments. Students have worked hard and have made significant progress since the beginning of the school year. We are proud of them, and they should be proud of their success! The start of the second semester is an opportunity for students to assess what worked well, and what did not, and to make changes for the days ahead.  While sometimes greater effort may be needed, it is always beneficial to work “smarter,” i.e. more efficiently.  Teachers are here to help, and one-on-one time can provide individualized support.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) was established in 1915 and is a highly distinguished math organization. In 1950, the MAA gave their first mathematical competition (the AMC) and they now offer three levels – in the eighth, tenth, and twelfth grades. Back in mid-November, our eighth graders (and some seventh graders) were administered the eighth grade level of this competition where they worked through challenging questions that focused more on problem solving than computation. This competition can lead to other selective math contests, and even all the way to the United States of America team which attends the International Mathematical Olympiad, the premier international high school level mathematical problem solving contest.maa-logo

In our Middle School, certificates were awarded for the top three scores (gold, silver, bronze) within a designated section for Introduction to Algebra, and also for a combined section of Algebra 1 and Geometry. For the Introduction to Algebra section, the following students were recognized: Bronze: Will Jackson; Silver: Anders Jonsson; and Gold: Salem Griswold. For the combined Algebra 1 and Geometry section, the following students were recognized: Bronze: Jonah Eng, Lainie Lemieux; Silver: Pat Alberding, Laini Frager, Sam Yankee, Mike Hynes; and Gold: Jack Schaeffer. Jack Schaeffer was also recognized for achieving the highest score overall in our Middle School this year.

Congratulations to all students who participated in this competition for their hard work!

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The mission of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades seven through twelve. Some previous award winners include Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, and Robert Indiana, to name just a few. Here in Maine, the awards are sponsored by The Maine College of Art, under the direction of Liam Sullivan. MECA received well over 1,200 pieces of digital art from art teachers all over the State of Maine. MECA then convened panels of gallery owners, curators, local artists, and MECA faculty to judge the work. From the submissions, 168 were selected for recognition.scholastic-art-submissions-2016-23-crop

The following Middle School students were recognized for their submissions: Taylor Hemenway- Silver Key- Self Portrait; Olivia Juve- Silver Key – Waiting For May; Jonah Eng- Silver Key- Architectural Study; Anna Yankee- Gold Key- Self Portrait; and Sam Yankee- Gold Key- Self-Portrait and Gold Key- Casco Bay.

Their work will be part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ student show at MECA from January 28 through February 11. Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on February 11. Congratulations!


The next Morning Forum with Head of School Ben Jackson will be held on Tuesday, January 31 in the Middle School Community Room from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Athletic Director Jack Hardy will be there to discuss the NYA Athletic Program and answer questions. These Forums are an informal opportunity for parents to gather and learn more about what’s happening at NYA. Please join us for conversation, coffee, and refreshments!


On Thursday, February 23, we have planned an afternoon of activities for students in grades 5-8 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 in grades 5-8 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!


Pick up green “Clynk” bags in Upper, Middle, and Lower School offices. Return full bags to any Hannaford store (remember to scan the bar code on the bag) and help our seniors have a fantastic Project Graduation!


After the Middle School Winter Athletic & Drama Celebration on Wednesday, February 22, there are no afternoon practices or rehearsals until after our spring break. To help keep our Middle School students active and involved during that period, we will offer a variety of “Cabin Fever Reliever” activities on Monday, February 27, Tuesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 2.  Students will have the option of being picked up immediately after school (by 2:30 p.m.) that week. Otherwise, they will sign up for one of the activities that will run from roughly 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. each afternoon. Past activity options have included Free Skate (no sticks, helmets required, for skaters of all abilities); Silent Reading; Games (Chess, Checkers, Board Games, & Word Games); Crafts; Gym Games (Futsal, Bombardment, etc.); or Study Hall. This year’s options will be presented to students in early February for sign-ups.  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!


We have the good fortune of welcoming an engaging speaker to NYA to work with students in grades 7 through 12 on drug and alcohol prevention. Brenda Conlan specializes in working with youth in an age-appropriate manner that is not the typical “one and done” presentation to a large room of hundreds of students. Brenda will work in multiple sessions with grade-level groups. Ms. Conlan will also make a presentation to parents on the evening of January 25 on ways to help their children remain drug and alcohol free. The parent presentation will be held in the Middle School Community Room from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. You can learn more about Brenda on her website, www.brendaconlan.com.


You recently received an email about an exciting study being done by the University of Maine Peer Relations Lab. The deadline for parental permission has been extended to Monday morning, January 23 at 8:00 AM. You can read a description of the project here. To give permission for your child to participate, click on this link. If you do not give your permission, we will be sure your child will not participate.


The NYA Parents’ Association is pleased to invite all NYA parents to some upcoming, casual evening events. More details will be coming soon. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:

  • Royal River Grill House, Yarmouth, 1/26
  • 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 Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


1/20-1/21 District II Instrumental Festival, grades 7-12
1/22 NYA Sunday River Ski Trip
1/23-1/25 Substance Abuse Prevention Student Presentations
1/25 Dress Down Day $3
1/25 Substance Abuse Prevention Parent Presentation, MSCR  6:00-7:00 p.m.
1/26 NYA Parent Social, Royal River Grill House, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
1/27-1/28 District II Choral Festival, grades 7-12
1/31 Morning Forum with Head of School, MSCR 8:00-9:00 a.m.
2/5 NYA Sunday River Ski Trip
2/16 Winter Drama Dress Rehearsal of Seussical, Safford
2/17 Last Day of Middle School Winter Sports
2/17-2/19 Winter Drama Performances of Seussical, Safford
2/20 Presidents’ Day NO SCHOOL
2/21 Drama Strike; No Middle School sports
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 NYA Bring A Friend to School Day; No Middle School sports or afternoon activities
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 2:30-3:30 p.m.
3/1 Lower School Arts Celebration, NYA gym 2:30 p.m.
3/1  No Middle School sports or afternoon activities
3/3 Winter Carnival
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