Middle School Newsletter for June 21, 2018

Happy Summer!

As the summer months begin in earnest, we are beginning the transition from the end of one school year into the beginning of the next here at NYA. We are providing this abbreviated June newsletter to help our families stay informed and to assist in your planning. We will reach out again in July and August with further updates in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year.

Wishing you a safe, happy, and enjoyable summer and looking forward to seeing you for the new school year!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


Final report cards and teacher comments for the 2017–2018 school year were released to families on Friday, June 8. All student account balances must be paid in full before the school can release report cards. Please contact the Business Office with any questions. Congratulations to all of our students on their successes and hard work throughout the year!


During the summer, administrative office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. In addition to admission activity, we are preparing for the upcoming school year. We will continue to send information and updates via email throughout the summer. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to call or stop by school.


June 15 was the deadline for several forms required for the 2018-2019 school year, including health forms and off-campus travel and athletic participation release forms. All forms and instructions can be found at Returning Family Forms and New Family Forms on our website. If you are a returning family with a child joining NYA for the first time, please be sure to visit the New Family Forms page for that child. You can also reach these forms from the drop-down menu under the ‘Parents’ tab at the top of NYA’s homepage. If you have not yet completed these forms, please do so as soon as possible. We will be unable to complete preparations for your child for the new school year until these forms are complete.  Thank you for your assistance.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTSNYA March Break Reading Challenge

Students are responsible for completing their Summer Assignments by the first day of school.  All students entering grades five and above have summer reading assignments for English class. In addition, students continuing on in language have a summer assignment for their language class. These assignments are also available from the drop-down menu under the ‘Students’ tab at the top of NYA’s homepage.


We are collecting any unneeded textbooks to use as classroom spares or to pass on to students in need. Collection bins are located under the sign-in table in the Middle School, and families may drop off books at any time throughout the summer. We appreciate your generosity!


Student schedules, textbook order information, supply lists, and advisor assignments will be sent out in July. Be on the lookout for these important items to prepare for next fall.


NYA’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, which allows students to utilize the technology of their preference, will be expanded to include grades 7-12 for the 2018-2019 school year. A laptop or tablet with a keyboard, an up-to-date web browser, and a decent battery life will work effectively. Students may wish to have headphones to utilize with certain assignments as well. The BYOD pilot program in grades 8 and 10 was very successful this year, and we look forward to implementing it across the grades.


You may be just embarking on your summer adventures, but at NYA the new school year has already begun! With focus turning to the 2018-2019 academic year, it is a good time to check your contact information in our database and make sure what we have is up to date. It’s easy – use the Custodial Parent/Guardian Information Form in Family Web to correct your address, email, and phone numbers, and to select directory and Parent Alert text preferences. Instructions on accessing this form can be found in Technology from the drop-down menu under the ‘Parents’ tab at the top of NYA’s homepage. Information for new families on setting up a Family Web account can also be found here.


With summer soon to be upon us, it won’t be long before we start looking ahead to the fall athletic season. The Preseason Fall 2018 Middle School Athletic Newsletter contains the activity offerings, season start dates, and equipment/supplies that your Middle School student-athlete will need for the first day of practice, as well as how to access required forms. Contact Jack Hardy with any questions.


All new students entering grades 6 through 8 need to complete the Middle School afternoon activity questionnaire to indicate their selections for afternoon activities for each season.  Please contact Jack Hardy with any questions.


The NYA Parents’ Association will once again operate an ice cream booth at the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Laura Bergeron is leading this effort, and she is looking for volunteers to help in the booth. It is a great way to stay connected with or meet new friends, teachers, and coaches at NYA during the summer. It is also a lot of fun! Our booth is in the middle of the action – just in front of Curtis Building. Sign up today to help out on July 20 – 22 and get a free ice cream cone! What a great deal!

NYA is also sponsoring the Clam Festival’s Diaper Derby again this summer. We are looking for volunteers to help with this really fun event that takes place on Sunday, July 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Here is a link to the sign-up sheet. We are looking for parents, students, teachers, staff, and friends to help out! Thanks!


Laurie Hegarty has a new order of Sea Bags in, and she’s happy to deliver! She also has lots of hats, shorts, tees, and pop up chairs. She can accept cash or checks payable to the NYA Parents’ Association.  For information or to place an order, contact Laurie (207-420-7171).


The Middle School Locker Open House will be on Monday, August 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., immediately following the New Middle and Upper School Student Orientation. Families can swing by the Middle School, 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 get to see some new and familiar faces. We hope to see you there!


Last week, 37 seventh and eighth grade students traveled to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. on NYA’s biannual Middle School History Trip.  Over the course of five days, the group walked over 26 miles and visited numerous sights and museums including the Liberty Bell,  Constitution Hall, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the International Spy Museum, Mount Vernon, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, Capital Hill, the National Museum of African American History, the Lincoln Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and much, much more.  Middle School history teacher David Echeverria organized the trip and was joined by Michele Buehner, Ellen Gagne, and Marissa Markonish as additional chaperones. As David shared with the parents, “I hope, like me, the students will have lifelong memories from visiting some of our nation’s most historical sites.” Thank you to all for helping make this such a fantastic trip!


NYA’s annual Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament typically takes place the second week of June, bringing together past and present friends of NYA. The tournament is in honor of long time, beloved NYA coach and teacher, Steve “Mo” Morris. Steve was at NYA for 30 years until he died of cancer in 2002. Each year, dozens of alums join with our families to recognize Steve. In his honor, a scholarship was established, and it is awarded to a girl and boy in grades 9-12. This year, the tournament will be held in conjunction with a revamped homecoming and reunion weekend, on September 29, 2018 at Falmouth Country Club with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars.


6/15 New and Returning Student Forms Due
8/27 New Middle and Upper School Student Orientation, MSCR 9:30-11:30 a.m.
8/27 Middle School Locker Open House, Middle School 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
9/3 Labor Day NO SCHOOL
9/4 First Day of School, Dress Up Day
9/4 Middle School Fall Athletics Begin
9/5 Picture Day, Dress Up Day
9/29 Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament


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