Middle School Newsletter for May 7, 2017

It is hard to believe that we are in our final month of the school year! These final weeks are packed with activity, from special events to preparing for end of the year tests and exams. While preparing for these events and studying for exams, we also take time out to give back and have some fun. This Wednesday, we are hosting the Special Olympics of Maine Motor Activities in the NYA Travis Roy Ice Arena. This event is a hallmark of NYA’s Middle School and one that leaves a lasting impression for so many of our students. On Friday of this week, students will have their final Advisory Challenge of the year. Dressed in team “uniforms”, advisory groups will compete in a series of silly, yet demanding tasks on the quest to win a turn with the coveted quadroped panthowl (our unique, golden, four-legged panther/owl trophy). Check out information on upcoming events below and stay tuned for updates on the numerous happenings throughout the weeks ahead.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


On Wednesday, May 10, the NYA Middle School once again will host Special Olympics of Maine for special-olympics-logotheir Motor Activities Event. The Motor Activities are events for athletes with more severe limitations, including those who are wheelchair bound. The Middle School students and faculty will head over to NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena to welcome Special Olympians from several chapters around the state. We will begin with a welcome parade, cheering on the participants and welcoming them to the event. With the help of Special Olympics coaches and volunteers, students will then run various specially-designed activities at stations around the arena. We will close with an awards ceremony where each participant will be presented with a medal. The Athlete Oath of the Special Olympics is “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This sentiment is most fitting for the philosophy of NYA as well. It has been our pleasure to partner with Special Olympics of Maine for well over a decade in sponsoring this wonderful event.


Congratulations to the fifth grade class who showcased their many talents at the Fifth Grade Arts Night on Thursday, May 4. The evening began with a pizza dinner in the Community Room, followed by a showing of artwork, the fifth grade band concert, and their delightful production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. It was a wonderful evening!


On Friday, May 19, students in grades five through eight will enjoy Middle School Field Trip Day. Dress code is casual and neat. Students may wear jeans, knee-length shorts, t-shirts, etc. They should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket/fleece and raincoat/umbrella. Students also should pack snacks and a water bottle.

  • Fifth Grade is heading out for a lobstering trip on the Lucky Catch in Portland. Students should arrive at the Middle School by 8:00 a.m. and will be ready for pick-up at the Middle School by 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
  • Sixth Grade is going to Crystal Spring Farm and Land Trust, Bradbury Mountain, and Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick. Students should arrive at the Middle School by 8:00 a.m. and will be ready for pick-up at the Middle School by 4:00 p.m. They should bring a bag lunch. Comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes are essential.farm-11
  • Seventh Grade is traveling down to Boston for the day. Students should report to the NYA ice arena parking lot by 7:45 a.m. Please be sure to arrive on time! While in Boston, students will explore the James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Students may choose to pack a lunch or bring money to purchase lunch from one of the food truck options in Dewey Square Park. Finally, the group will head to Black Math commercial animation studio in Chinatown for a presentation by Jeremy Sahlman, Creative Director of Black Math and husband of Erika Sahlman. They will be ready for pick-up at the NYA ice arena parking lot by 5:00 p.m.
  • Eighth Grade will be spending the day in Salem, Massachusetts. Students should report to the NYA ice arena parking lot by 7:45 a.m.  Please be sure to arrive on time! Student may choose to pack a lunch or bring money to buy lunch. They will be ready for pick-up at the NYA ice arena parking lot by 5:00 p.m.

There will be no Middle School sports on the afternoon of Friday, May 19.

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After spring break, the Middle School Debate Team worked on preparing for a mock trial. The students acted as lawyers representing the two sides of the case. Students worked together studying the law and evidence to put forward a case for their particular side: plaintiff or defense. On Friday, May 5, the trial was held in the Middle School Community Room. Both sides did an excellent job presenting their case to the jury. The team would like to thank Haley Hegarty, Sasha Schutz, Will Jackson, Sam Yankee, Eleanor Commons, and Luke Lathrop for serving as witnesses, Camille Beaudoin for being the bailiff, and Kelsey Wilcox Libby, NYA Class for 2002, for serving as the judge.  Thank you also to the members of our jury.  ~ David Echeverria


The New England Math League Contest (NEML) has been taken by NYA middle school students for the past twelve years.  Students in grades five through seven took this exam, while eighth graders took the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) test earlier in the year. The students all worked hard and challenged themselves through these contests. We are pleased to recognize the top scorers in each grade: fifth grade: Alex Barron (3rd place); Haley Hegarty (2nd place); and Caleb King (1st place); sixth grade: Sally Stronge, Campbell Litz, Jack Hegarty (tied for 3rd place); Luke Markonish (2nd place); and Seamus Rohde (1st place); and seventh grade: Chas Rohde, Lila Jackson, Bella Moulton, Maddy Vaillancourt (tied for 3rd place); Aisley Snell (2nd place); and Sam Heinzman (1st place). Congratulations!


3-nya-ms-storyMiddle School Recognition Evening will take place on Wednesday, May 24. This evening is designed to highlight the many achievements of our Middle School students and to celebrate the eighth graders as they conclude their NYA Middle School years. The dress code for the concert is Dress Up Day attire (knee length or longer skirts, please!). 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; National Language Exam, District II Music, and Middle School community awards; and presentation of eighth grade certificates. There will then be a very special slide show of the class of 2021. The evening will conclude with refreshments in the Community Room. We look forward to seeing you there!


We will have a special schedule for grades six through eight on Friday, May 26 to allow all classes to meet for review and to have a special 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 recommend that students bring in extra bags for packing up their lockers!


The entire Middle School will gather in the NYA gym at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26 to celebrate the hard work, growth, joy, and accomplishments of the student athletes. The fifth grade will be dismissed 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.


Students in grades six, seven, and eight will have end of the year tests and exams on Tuesday, May 30; Wednesday, May 31; and Thursday, June 1. 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 here.


stephen-taberThe entire fifth grade class will enjoy the wonder of an overnight trip aboard the Schooner Stephen Taber from Tuesday, May 30 to Wednesday, May 31. We will leave campus around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 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 2:00 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 30 and Wednesday, May 31.  They will have their final wrap-up class on the morning of Thursday, June 1 (8:00-9:30 a.m.).  Friday, June 2 (Awards and Fun Day) is the last day of school for all students (8:00 a.m.-2:00p.m.).


Several events will take place at NYA on Friday, June 2, our final day of the school year. Students should arrive at 8:00 a.m. in Dress Up clothes (no shorts for boys!) and sign in as usual. (They should be sure to pack casual clothes for later in the day. Eighth graders also need to bring everything they will need for the rafting overnight.) Students will proceed by class 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 several Upper School 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 afternoon of activities on campus, including picking up their yearbooks and having a cookout lunch. Students in grades five through seven will be ready for pick-up at 2:00 p.m. At that time, the eighth graders will gather their gear and board the busses to Caratunk for their whitewater rafting overnight. They should be ready to go with all gear at the ice arena parking lot by 2:20 p.m.


Representatives from Scott Simons Architects will be on campus to present a draft of a campus master plan for community feedback and discussion. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room.


There will be a dress down day on May 10 for the American Lung Association.


Kate Danielson will host a discussion for both parents and students about the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. You received en email from her about this series, depicting a teen suicide. All are welcome:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room.


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 dropdown 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!


eiffel-towerFrom iconic sites in Paris, such as the Louvre and Notre Dame, to the beaches of Normandy and wine cellars in the Loire Valley, there is much to explore in France. NYA’s June 2018 educational trip is our chance to see, taste, and experience French culture first-hand. This trip will be open to current eighth through eleventh grade students and will include a tour of Paris, the French Riviera, and Monaco. An informational meeting will be held in the fall for those interested in learning more about this trip. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Upper School French teacher and trip leader Fatou Diagana.


5/10 Dress Down Day for American Lung Association $3
5/10 Middle School Special Olympics, NYA Ice Arena 10:30 a.m.
5/10 Lower School Muscular Dystrophy Association Hop-A-Thon, Lewis Field 10:15 a.m.
5/10 13 Reasons Why Discussion, MSCR 7:00-8:30 p.m.
5/12 Lower School Grandparents’ Day 9:00 a.m.
5/12 Advisory Challenge, Dress Down
5/15 Seventh Grade Trip to Eartha
5/19 Middle School Field Trip Day
5/24 Middle School Recognition Evening 5:30 p.m.
5/25 Last Day of Middle School Spring Sports
5/26 Last Day of Classes; Special Schedule
5/26 Middle School Spring Athletic Celebration, NYA Gym 2:30 p.m.
5/29 Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
5/30-5/31 Fifth Grade Schooner Trip
 5/30 Sixth, Seventh, & Eighth Grade Exams 8:00-11:30 a.m.
5/31 Sixth, Seventh, & Eighth Grade Exams 8:00-11:30 a.m.
6/1 Sixth, Seventh, & Eighth Grade Exams 8:00-9:30 a.m.
6/1 Fifth Grade Wrap Up 8:00-9:30 a.m.
6/2 NYA Awards and Fun Day 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
6/2-6/3 Eighth Grade Whitewater Rafting Trip
6/4 NYA Commencement, Front Lawn 2:00 p.m.


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