Middle School Newsletter for May 13, 2018

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


Middle School Recognition Evening will take place on Wednesday, May 23. 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. We have made some changes to the format of our awards this year, moving some awards to this past Friday Forum and others to the Awards Day ceremony on Friday, June 1.

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 – JV Singers; 5:25 pm – Chorus (all); 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 2022. The evening will conclude with refreshments in the Community Room. We look forward to seeing you there!


This past Friday, several Middle School students were recognized with awards in music, language, and mathematics at Friday Forum.

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.

Elementary Chorus: Nizzie Hemphill; Caleb King; Genevieve Vaillancourt

Middle School Chorus: Madeleine Vaillancourt

Elementary Band: Haley Hegarty; Brynn McKenney; Fynn Mac Carthy

Middle School Band: Sam Heinzman; Blythe Thompson; Madeleine Vaillancourt

Elementary Orchestra: Lyla Casey; Emmalynn Craft; Nell Rohde; Lauryn Casey; Liam Devine

Middle School Orchestra: Sally Stronge

Students at North Yarmouth Academy have a long history of high achievement on the National Language Exams. The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States and earning a medal or an honorable mention is very prestigious accomplishment. Congratulations to the following students who attained recognition for excellent achievement on the 2018 National Language Exams:

Grand Concours, Elementary: Genevieve Vaillancourt, Honorable Mention; Sophia Yilmaz, Honorable Mention; Lauryn Casey, Bronze; Nicholas Okin, Bronze

Grand Concours, Level 1: Lila Jackson, Honorable Mention; Emma Sharp, Honorable Mention; Harry Marcus, Bronze Medal; Abigail King, Gold Medal

Grand Concours, Level 2c: Madeleine Vaillancourt, Gold Medal; Alev Yilmaz, Gold Medal

National Latin Exam, Introduction to Latin, Ribbon and Certificate for Exceptional Performance: Jack Hegarty; Sally Stronge; Sloane O’Donnell Fox

National Latin Exam, Latin I: Owen Frank, Silver Maxima Cum Laude; Jack Schaeffer, Silver Maxima Cum Laude; Blythe Thompson, Gold Summa Cum Laude

National Spanish Exam, Level 01: Campbell Litz, Honorable Mention; Luke Markonish, Honorable Mention; Seamus Rohde, Honorable Mention; Sally Stronge, Honorable Mention; Rogers Crowley, Silver Medal

National Spanish Exam, Level 1: Simon Algara, Honorable Mention; Ollie Hemphill, Honorable Mention; Bella Moulton, Honorable Mention; Chas Rohde, Honorable Mention; Elliott Oney, Silver Medal

National Spanish Exam, Level 2: Sam Heinzman, Honorable Mention

The New England Math League Contest (NEML) has been given to NYA Middle School students for the past 13 years. The students worked hard and challenged themselves through these contests, and we would like to recognize the top scorers in each grade.

In fifth grade: Genevieve Vaillancourt (3rd place); Rafael Nakouzi (2nd place); Ethan Hoffman (1st place)

In sixth grade: Caleb King (3rd place); Alex Barron (2nd place); Fynn Mac Carthy (1st place)

In seventh grade: Jack Hegarty (3rd place); Seamus Rohde (2nd place); Sloane O’Donnell Fox (1st place)

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 currently there are levels for grades 8, 10, and 12. In eighth grade, certificates were awarded for the top three scores (gold, silver, bronze) for an Introduction to Algebra section and for a combined Algebra 1 and Geometry section.

Introduction to Algebra Awards: Emma Sharp, James Tourigny (Bronze); Emilia McKenney (Silver); Tiger DiMillo (Gold)

Algebra 1/Geometry Awards: Aidan Lacombe, Abigail King, Aisley Snell (Bronze); Samantha Heinzman (Silver); Jack Schaeffer (Gold)

Jack Schaeffer was recognized for achieving the highest overall score in our Middle School this year. Jack earned this honor last year as well!

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


  • The Dress Down Day to support the March of Dimes, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, has been rescheduled for Friday, May 18. The Echeverria family is raising funds for the March of Dimes in honor of their sons, Thomas and Raphael, who were born too early at 22 weeks on November 26, 2010. Premature birth affects approximately 380,000 babies in the United States each year. Together we can help the March of Dimes fight premature birth so more babies can go home with their parents.
  • On Friday, May 18, NYA will welcome Anna Korsen, Program Director of Full Plates, Full Potential. Anna will give a short presentation at Friday Forum about Full Plates, Full Potential, a program to feed hungry kids in Maine. NYA will hold a Dress Down Day on Thursday, May 24 to raise funds in support of this worthy cause.


We will have a special schedule for grades six through eight on Friday, May 25 including a special extra-help block when all teachers will be available to answer questions. An additional extra-help block is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23. 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.


The entire Middle School will gather in the NYA gym at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25 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.


There will be a history trip parent meeting on Friday, May 25 in the Middle School Community Room following the Middle School Athletic Celebration ceremony (approximately 3:15 p.m.). During the meeting, I will go over the itinerary for the trip, packing list, and contact numbers. I will also discuss behavior expectations and answer any questions you might have. If you are unable to attend the meeting, I will get in touch with the information covered.  ~ David Echeverria


Students will clear out their lockers on Friday, May 25 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 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!


Students in grades six, seven, and eight will have end of the year tests and exams on Tuesday, May 29; Wednesday, May 30; and Thursday, May 31. 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, 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 29 to Wednesday, May 30. We will leave campus around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 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! 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, arriving around 1:00 p.m. 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). For more information about the adventure that awaits, check out their website. We are looking forward to this fun-filled class trip!


Fifth grade students will be away for the schooner trip on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30.  They will have their final wrap-up class on the morning of Thursday, May 11 (8:00-9:30 a.m.).  Friday, June 1 (Awards and Fun Day) is the last day of school for all students (8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.).


On Thursday, May 31 at 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 opted for 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, June 1, 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.) 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 prepare for an enjoyable range of activities on campus, including picking up their yearbooks and having a cookout lunch. Students will be ready for pick-up at 1:00 p.m.


Thanks to all who participated in the success of NYA’s 34th annual spring fundraiser, the Soirée. If you have any feedback regarding this year’s event or creative ideas for next year’s gathering, please be in touch with Crystal Gordon. Enjoy these great photos from the event. We hope to see you at next year’s Soirée!


The NYA Parents’ Association will be selling logo gear on the last day of school, Friday, June 1. A table will be set up in the Middle School Community Room from 11:00-1:00. Several items will be on clearance to make room for new fall items. Plan ahead to stock your closets!


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.


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. Any device with a keyboard, an up-to-date web browser, and a decent battery life will work effectively. The pilot program in grades 8 and 10 has been very successful this year, and we look forward to implementing it across the grades.


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.


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 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!


June 15 is the deadline for several forms required for the 2017-2018 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 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!


Congratulations to the fifth grade class who showcased their many talents at the Fifth Grade Arts Night on Thursday, May 3. The evening began with a pizza dinner in the community room, followed by a showing of artwork and the Parade of States, the fifth grade band concert, and their delightful production of The Little Mermaid Jr. It was a wonderful evening!


Over the past week and a half, students in grades five through eight enjoyed various field trips. Each grade traveled to a different location to enjoy a special day of exploration!

The fifth grade had a fabulous time learning about the lobstering industry aboard The Lucky Catch. The students had the opportunity to learn the ropes of how to catch a lobster and determine which lobsters could be kept. From baiting the trap to hauling them up and pushing them back into the ocean, it was an adventurous day for all. The crew on The Lucky Catch shared many interesting facts about lobsters as well as the history behind the forts and lighthouses along our coastal Maine waters. Did you know that Maine is ranked #2 in number of lighthouses – behind Michigan? Some students even got to kiss the rare fish called a Sea Raven rewarding them with two years of good luck! After the trip, the class enjoyed a delicious lunch at Flatbread Pizza.  ~ Michele Buehner


The sixth grade spent the entire day outside enjoying a trifecta of farms in Southern Maine. The goals of the day were to further students’ appreciation and understanding of Maine’s environment, farming, and to involve them in a farm project. We began the day at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Freeport. Farmer Tom took us on a wagon ride around to various spots on the farm. He taught us about permaculture and grafting of plants, composting, movable hoop houses, and regenerative agriculture. We were the first group to walk through their newly planted Red Haven Peach orchard! We helped Tom weed, spread compost, and seed new lettuce. We also took a tour of the dairy cows, goats, sheep, and chickens. After picnicking for lunch at Wolfe’s Neck, we headed to the house of sixth grader Caleb King where we had the chance to hang out with his pot belly pig (Matilda), four miniature donkeys, bunnies, and chickens. We ended the day with a trip to Toots Farm in North Yarmouth for ice-cream and more farm animals.  ~ Danielle Barschdorf

The seventh grade traveled to Boston to visit Black Math, a commercial animation studio. At Black Math, Creative Director Jeremy Sahlman presented on the numerous working components that go into an animation, from musicians and artists, to stop-action animators. After our time at Black Math, we walked to Dewey Square to grab lunch from the numerous food trucks located there. When the students had finished lunch, we headed to the Institute of Contemporary Art to explore the ICA’s permanent collection and an exhibition entitled Art in the Age of the Internet.  ~ Tim McMahon

The eighth grade visited the Salem Witch Museum, the Witch Dungeon Museum, and Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts, a perfect follow-up to reading The Crucible and learning about McCarthyism in the 1950s. Students watched dramatic presentations of Salem in the late 1600’s and of the trial itself. They also had the chance to tour reproductions of the underground cells in which the “witches” were held and to visit a cemetery that pays tribute to those who were killed during the trials.  ~ Nate Smith

EXPERIENCE SUMMER AT NYAsummer-programs2018

Registration for Experience Summer at NYA is 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, magic, and more!


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 2001. 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.


5/18 Dress Down Day for March of Dimes $3
5/23 Middle School Recognition Evening Art Show, Savage Middle School 5:30 p.m.
5/23 Middle School Recognition Evening, NYA Gym 6:00 p.m.
5/24 Dress Down Day for Full Plates, Full Potential $3
5/24 Last Day for Middle School Spring Athletics
5/25 Last Day of Classes for Grades 5-11; Special Schedule
5/25 Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony, Curtis Lawn 7:50 a.m.
5/25 Middle School Spring Athletic Celebration, NYA Gym 2:30 p.m.
5/28 Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
5/29-5/30 Fifth Grade Schooner Trip
5/29-5/31 Year-End Tests and Exams for Grades 6-11
5/31 Eighth Grade Trip to Seacoast Adventure in Windham
6/1 Last Day of School; Lower School Classes end at 10:30
6/1 Awards & Fun Day 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
6/1 NYA Gear Sale, MSCR 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
6/1 Summer Assignments Posted
6/3 Commencement, Curtis Lawn 2:00 p.m.
6/11-6/16 History Trip to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
6/15 Returning Family Forms Due


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