Middle School Newsletter for March 3, 2019

This past week has been a whirlwind of special dress and silly activities coupled with numerous projects and assessments. Students have worked hard and had some fun and laughs with their friends and teachers. Before we settle in for the final quarter of the year, we look forward to taking some time away to travel, to get busy with spring cleaning, and even just to spend a day in pajamas enjoying a good book. Wishing you all a very joyful break and wonderful time with friends and family! Let’s hope to return to a campus full of melting snow, sprouting leaves, and chirping birds.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


Middle School Spring Sports begin the day we return from March Break, Monday, March 18.  Students should bring clothing and gear and be ready to practice that day.


Thanks very much to all families who submitted their re-enrollments by March 1 to ensure inclusion in the upcoming course registration process. When we return from March break, students will be working with their teachers and advisors to begin developing their preferred course selection for September. Soon afterwards, a schedule template will be designed to best accommodate the choices of all re-enrolled students. This will be an exciting time for students to begin thinking about next year’s opportunities!

Rising sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will be selecting their music courses (Chorus, Strings, Band, or a combination of two) as well as choosing their afternoon option for each season from the available athletic and drama offerings. In addition, rising seventh grade students will be choosing French, Latin, Spanish, or Advanced French as the language they plan to study for the next two years. Math placement will be determined by the department.

Rising ninth grade students will select their afternoon options and their language choice (either continuing in their current language or beginning something new). They will also have a variety of options in Visual and Performing Arts as well as Technology options. We will meet with the eighth grade to review options before students begin course selection.


NYA will host our sixth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. This year’s challenge is Share a Story. Find someone to read to – your grandparents, your favorite four-legged friend, your stuffed animal collection, whomever, whatever, wherever; take a photo or a selfie; and email it to Eliot Grady. All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 20 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 22 at Friday Forum and via newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!!


The Sixth Grade Geography Expo will take place on Friday, April 12 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room. This year’s focus is the Middle East, and student work on this region will be on display.  The highlight will be group presentations using several forms of technology, followed by a student-created Kahoot! game to test what the audience learned at the Geo Expo. A local restaurant will provide authentic Middle East cuisine. We look forward to welcoming sixth grade families to this special event!


Thinking about tackling some spring cleaning during March break? Do you have any toys that your children have outgrown? We are looking for toys, puzzles, and games in good repair to add to our collection of options for use during After Care. Donations may be dropped off at the main office in Curtis, under the Middle School sign-in table, or at Lower School reception. Thank you!


The NYA Middle School Leadership Academy is a program open to rising seventh and eighth grade students who would like to spend five days this summer hiking across the high peaks wilderness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains learning about, and practicing, leadership. This is not merely a fun hiking trip (though it is that also!), but is also a laboratory for students to develop personal grit and leadership skills. Ian Ramsey and Danielle Barschdorf will lead this trip from August 12-16. The cost is $800; some financial assistance is available. Applications are due by April 15. Contact Danielle with any questions.  ~ Danielle Barschdorf


Mad Science of Maine will be offering a second class for students in kindergarten through fifth grade this spring. Radical Robotics begins on Tuesday, April 9. Register and find additional information here.

Summer Programs Button 2019EXPERIENCE SUMMER AT NYA

Registration for Experience Summer at NYA is now open. NYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 15. Camps include a variety of sports (tennis, lacrosse, and soccer), art, theater, dance, circus, science, magic, and more! Register by April 15 to receive the early bird discount!


Alex Kloza and Crystal Gordon have arranged for a series of open skates for NYA families and alumni . You are welcome to bring friends and neighbors. Helmets are required for everyone on the ice. No sticks, please. There are several options during our March break from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (see For Your Planning below).


There are several important events coming up over the months ahead and we would like to alert parents to assist in your planning. The spring music concerts are listed in the For Your Planning section below. Middle School Field Trip Day will be on Friday, May 17 and Middle School Recognition will be on the evening of Wednesday, May 22. This event includes a concert, art show, numerous community awards, and presentation of eighth grade certificates. Friday, May 24 is our last day of class with exams the following week (for grades 6-8), and our year ends on Friday, May 31 with Awards and Fun Day. Mark your calendars now!


3/4-3/15 March Break
3/4, 8, 11, & 15 NYA Open Skate, NYA Travis Roy Ice Arena 12:00-1:00 p.m.
3/18 Classes resume; Middle School Spring Athletics begin
3/20 Dress Down Day for Key Club $3
3/20 Deadline to submit photos for March Break Reading Challenge
3/22 End of third quarter
3/27 Dress Down Day for St. Jude’s $3
3/28 Spring Parent-Advisor Conferences Begin
4/3 Dress Down Day for National MS Society $3
4/9 Mad Science Radical Robotics begins 3:15-4:15 p.m.
4/11 Dress Down Day for Model UN $3
4/12 Spring Bring A Friend to School Day
4/12 Sixth Grade Geography Expo, MSCR 12:00-2:00 p.m.
4/15 Leadership Academy Applications Due
4/15 Patriots’ Day NO SCHOOL
4/16 Spring In-Service/Lower School Parent Conferences NO SCHOOL
4/17 Dress Down Day for Safe Passage $3
4/17 Grades 5 & 6 Field Trip to Gulf of Maine Research Institute
4/19 Spring Choral Concert (grades 6-12), YPAC 6:30 p.m.
4/23 Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/23 Spring Strings Concert (grades 3-12), location TBA 6:30 p.m.
4/25 Spring Instrumental Concert (grades 6-12), NYA Gym 6:30 p.m.
4/26 Poetry Out Loud Presentations
4/26 NYA Soirée, Thompson’s Point, Portland 5:00 p.m.
5/2 Fifth Grade Arts Night, Higgins Hall 5:00 p.m.


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