Middle School Newsletter for May 12, 2019

It is hard to believe that summer vacation is just around the corner, and this will be the final In the Middle before we head off for the summer. These final weeks are packed with activity, from special events to preparing for end of the year tests and exams. The Middle School years are a time of tremendous change and growth, and the end of a school year highlights how much each student has progressed. It is an honor and a pleasure to teach your children and to take this journey together with them. We look forward to these final weeks and all of the special events to come. We wish you all a safe, happy, and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you again for the new school year!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


May 15 is the deadline for several forms required for the 2019-2020 school year, including health forms and off-campus travel and athletic participation release forms. All forms and instructions can be found at Family Forms on our website. You can also reach this page from the drop-down menu under the ‘Parents’ tab on NYA’s homepage. Thank you for completing these forms by the due dates. It is a tremendous help to our faculty and staff!


Middle School Recognition Evening will take place on Wednesday, May 22. This evening is designed to highlight the many achievements of all of our Middle School students and to celebrate the eighth graders as they conclude their NYA Middle School years.

The student dress code for the evening is Dress Up Day attire (blazers and tie with pants; skirts/dresses; no shorts). Students should report to the gym for warm-ups at the following times:  5:15 pm – Girls Chorus; 5:25 pm – Boys Chorus; 5:35 pm – Strings; and 5:45 pm – Band. For parents and guests, the art show begins in the Middle School at 5:30 p.m., and the program in the gym begins at 6:00 p.m. The program will include a variety of Middle School musical performances; community awards; the eighth grade speech; and presentation of eighth grade certificates. There will then be a very special slide show of the class of 2023. The evening will conclude with refreshments in the Community Room. We look forward to seeing you there!


Students will clear out their lockers on Friday, May 24 and should bring all belongings home. Please bring in extra bags to carry items home! Please remind your child to do a final check of the Lost and Found to retrieve any missing items. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity after June 1.


We will have a special schedule for grades six through eight on Friday, May 24 including an extra-help block when all teachers will be available to answer questions. There will also be time to pack up and clean out lockers before heading off to the gym for the Middle School Spring Athletic Celebration.


We are collecting any unneeded textbooks to use as classroom spares or to pass on to students in need. We will have boxes set up under the sign-in table, and students may drop off books after exams on Tuesday through Friday. We appreciate your generosity! You also have the option of selling your used textbooks back to MBS, our textbook service. If you want to pursue this option, just follow up with the Online Buyback.


The entire Middle School will gather in the NYA gym at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24 to celebrate the hard work, growth, joy, and accomplishments of the student athletes. The fifth grade will be dismissed from class 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 (approximately 3:20 p.m.). The buses will depart at the usual time that afternoon.


Students in grades six, seven, and eight will have end of the year tests and exams on Tuesday, May 28; Wednesday, May 29; and Thursday, May 30. These tests will be between 50 and 90 minutes in length, with a 90 minute testing block. Students must remain in their testing room for a minimum of 70 minutes. Snacks will be available between the exam periods on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lunch will not be served. Students should be picked up immediately following their last test each day. Exams will end at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Students may dress casually for the exam period. All clothing should be in good repair (no holes, etc.), and tanks, spaghetti straps, short shorts, leggings, inappropriate clothing, and hats are not allowed. Check out details for this year’s Exam Schedule.


The fifth grade class will have the wonder of an overnight trip aboard the Schooner Stephen Taber from Tuesday, May 28 to Wednesday, May 29. Students should come to campus at the usual time (8:00 a.m.) on Tuesday, May 28. We will leave campus around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday and arrive in Rockland with time to stretch our legs before preparing to board. We will have lunch aboard the schooner, but be sure to eat a good breakfast and pack a morning snack! We will sail and explore during the afternoon and then anchor for dinner and our overnight. We will awake for more food and sailing on Wednesday, returning to Rockland and then heading back to NYA. We will arrive on campus around 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Participants should pack comfortable clothes and layers, as if going on a camping trip. Some important items to include: a sleeping bag; sneakers/rain boots/deck shoes (no sandals or flip flops); foul weather gear – waterproof jacket and pants (essential, as we almost always have a little bit of weather); two complete changes of clothes (in addition to what he/she is wearing); two extra pairs of socks; warm jacket or fleece; warm hat and mittens; a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen; toothbrush and toothpaste; cameras; and medications (students may carry Epi-pens and inhalers; all other OTC and prescription medication must be checked in with Ms. Buehner). Adventure awaits! We are looking forward to this fun-filled class trip!

NYA Soiree 2019 Decor

NYA Soiree – Hemphill Photo


In case you missed it, photos are up of the NYA Soiree. Thank you to Erika Hemphill (’22 & ’25) of Hemphill Photo and Brian Beard of Creative Images Photography for capturing the fun at this event for us. View the event photos HERE.


Fifth grade students will be away for the schooner trip on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29.  They will have their final wrap-up class on the morning of Thursday, May 30 (8:00-9:30 a.m.).  Friday, May 31 (Awards and Fun Day) is the last day of school for all students (8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.).


On Thursday, May 30 at around 10:00 a.m. after their morning exam, the eighth grade class and Middle School teachers will head to Seacoast Adventure in Windham for a year-end celebratory outing. The eighth grade students will enjoy the full combo package which includes ropes courses, zip-lining, mini golf, summer tubing, and go karts. Students should bring a bagged lunch or money to purchase lunch and/or snacks on site. They may also opt to purchase additional rides on the go karts and/or a ride on the Sky Swing. Students should dress in comfortable, casual clothing (athletic shorts are okay) and wear shoes with a closed toe and heel (e.g. sneakers). We will return to the Middle School by 3:45 p.m. for pick-up.


Several events will take place at NYA on Friday, May 31, our final day of the school year. Students should arrive at 8:00 a.m. in Dress Up clothes (no shorts!) and sign in as usual. (They should be sure to pack casual clothes for later in the day and may want to have a bathing suit and towel for the slip and slide, etc.) Students will line up by class and will then proceed to the First Parish Church for the Awards Day ceremony. This ceremony typically lasts a little over an hour and includes academic awards for grades five through twelve and various community awards. Following the awards ceremony, students will have snack in Safford as part of the arts reception. They will then change into casual clothing and enjoy the festivities on campus, including picking up their yearbooks, taking part in various games and activities, and having a cookout lunch. Students will be ready for pick-up at 1:00 p.m.


The NYA Parents’ Association will be selling logo gear on the last day of school, Friday, May 31. A table will be set up NYA pop-up store at LS Grandparents' Dayin the Middle School Community Room from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Several items will be on clearance to make room for new fall merchandise. Plan ahead to stock your closets! Cash or check only.


All students should check their summer reading assignments for English class. The book lists will be posted on the NYA website after June 1. In addition, students continuing on in language will have a summer assignment for their language class. These assignments will also be available on the website.


The deadline for early registration for the June 2020 history trip is Friday, June 7. If you are not ready to commit to the trip at this time, there will be opportunities in the fall to sign up. There are three ways to sign your child up:

  1. Online – go to https://worldstrides.com/signup Use Trip ID#173978.
  2. By phone – contact WorldStrides’ Customer Service team at 1-800-468-5899.
  3. By mail – send in the Registration Form using the envelope in your child’s Invitation

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.   ~ David Echeverria


The Yarmouth Clam Festival is July 19-21, and the NYA Parents’ Association will once again be selling ice cream, natural soda, cold brew, and pretzels on the NYA campus. Look for the SignUpGenius email in early June to sign up for a shift or two in the booth. It’s a fabulous fundraiser for the school –and a lot of fun!


Jay Robbins, independent researcher and historian and NYA archivist, will take part in the Spring Lecture Series at Yarmouth History Center at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. In a talk entitled A Hodge Podge of Hometown History, Robbins will reflect on the pleasures of researching Yarmouth’s remarkable history and will touch on topics ranging from the Civil War to North Yarmouth Academy to local maritime history and more. This lecture is free for members of Yarmouth Historical Society and $5 for all others.


On Friday morning, May 24, at 7:50 a.m., we will hold a brief Memorial Day flagpole ceremony. Through a reading of the roll and the laying of flowers, we will pay homage to the nearly thirty NYA alumni who died in service to their country since NYA’s founding. This is a short and simple ceremony to remind us all that Memorial Day is more than the unofficial beginning of the summer season.


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.


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 2019 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.


The Middle School Locker Open House will be on Wednesday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., immediately following the New 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!


At our most recent Friday Forum, several Middle School students were recognized for their achievement in music, language, or mathematics. Details about the math contests were shared in Ben’s Sunday letter, and more information about the language and music achievements is included below.

NYA participates in the District II Music Festivals, which encompass the area of Maine from Portland to Yarmouth, and inland through Bethel/Fryeburg and Turner. These festivals put together an honors band, chorus, and orchestra at the elementary, middle, and high school levels comprised of top music students from the area schools. Students are accepted into these festivals based on audition for grades 7-12 and teacher nomination for grades 5-6. Students in grades 4-8 were also eligible for the Elementary and Middle School All-State Choruses, select choirs comprised of young singers from all over Maine. Students were selected based on teacher nomination.

District II Elementary Chorus: London Haedrich; Celeste Merrill; Caitlin Michaelis; Genevieve Vaillancourt

Elementary All-State Chorus: Mary Hackleman; Cocoe Haedrich; Brayden Kloza; Henry Jackson; Josie Rogers; Hadley Smith

District II Middle School Chorus: Rogers Crowley; Jack Curtis; Emily Greene; Caleb King

Middle School All-State Chorus: Rogers Crowley; Jack Curtis; Caroline Grace; Emily Greene; London Haedrich; Nizzie Hemphill; Chloe Kern; Caleb King; Celeste Merrill; Caitlin Michaelis; Gabi Muehle; Wyatt Thomas; Genevieve Vaillancourt

District II Elementary Band: Nizzie Hemphill; Tyler Lacombe; Leif MacCarthy

District II Middle School Band: Haley Hegarty; Fynn MacCarthy; Eben Weislogel

District II Elementary Orchestra: Ellie Bouman; Lyla Casey; Emmalynn Craft

District II Middle School Orchestra: Lauryn Casey; Emily Greene; Caleb King; Sally Stronge

Students in French, Latin, and Spanish classes took the National Language Exams this spring. The exams are taken by students across the country and internationally and are intended to recognize student achievement and promote language proficiency. Congratulations to the following students who attained recognition for excellent achievement on the 2019 National Language Exams:

Grand Concours, Grade 6 – FLES 3HB: Ellie Bouman, Bronze

Grand Concours, Grade 7 – Level 01: Bryce Curtis, Honorable Mention; Eben Weislogel, Honorable Mention

Grand Concours, Grade 7 – Level 1C: Lauryn Casey, Silver; Sophia Yilmaz, Gold

Grand Concours, Grade 8 – Level 1: Laurel Buehner, Honorable Mention; Jack Curtis, Honorable Mention

National Latin Exam, Grade 7 – Introduction to Latin: Lila Coleman, Certificate; Caleb King, Certificate and Ribbon; Fynn MacCarthy, Certificate and Ribbon; Maddie Miers, Certificate and Ribbon

National Latin Exam, Grade 8 – Latin I: Emily Greene, Silver Maxima cum Laude; Sloane O’Donnell Fox, Silver Maxima cum Laude; Sally Stronge, Magna cum Laude

National Spanish Exam, Grade 7 – Level A: Alex Barron, Honor; Nate Oney, Honor; Liam Street, Honor

National Spanish Exam, Grade 8 – Level 1: Caroline Grace, Honor

National Spanish Exam, Grade 8- Level B: Rogers Crowley, Oro; Campbell Litz, Plata; Holden MacMahon, Honor; Luke Markonish, Honor; Cal Nice, Bronce; Seamus Rhode, Bronce; Vy Tran, Honor

Congratulations to all our students for their great efforts and accomplishments!


The Maine Water Environmental Association held its annual water poster contest with the theme Why Water’s Worth it to ME.  This year, Ellie Bouman ’25, was a runner up in the grades 4-6 category!  Congratulations to Ellie!


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 will be preparing for the upcoming school year. We will continue to send information and updates via email throughout the summer.


 5/15 Returning Family Forms Due
5/17 Grade 5 Field Trip 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
5/22 Middle School Recognition Evening Art Show, Savage Middle School 5:30 p.m.
5/22 Middle School Recognition Evening, NYA Gym 6:00 p.m.
5/23 Last day of Middle School Spring Sports
5/24 Last Day of Classes for Grades 5-11; Special Schedule
5/24 Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony, Curtis Lawn 7:50 a.m.
5/24 Middle School Spring Athletic Celebration, NYA Gym 2:30 p.m.
5/27 Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
5/28-5/29 Fifth Grade Schooner Trip
5/28 Year-End Tests and Exams for Grades 6-8  8:00-11:30 a.m.
5/29 Year-End Tests and Exams for Grades 6-8 8:00-11:30 a.m.
5/30 Year-End Tests and Exams for Grades 6-8 8:00-9:30 a.m.
5/30 Final Class Day for Grade 5 8:00-9:30 a.m.
5/30 Eighth Grade Trip to Seacoast Adventure in Windham 10:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
5/31 Last Day of School!; Awards & Fun Day 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
5/31 NYA Gear Sale, MSCR 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
6/1 Summer Assignments Posted
6/2 Commencement, Curtis Lawn 2:00 p.m.
6/7 Last Day for Early Bird History Trip Registration
6/10 NYA Summer Programs Begin
8/28 Middle School Locker Open House 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
9/3 First Day of School!



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