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Middle School Newsletter for September 12, 2021

What a wonderful first week! The fifth and sixth grade orientations were a great success, and students enjoyed the sixth grade trip to Camp Soci on Friday. Students are getting to know their teachers, coaches, and classmates and are beginning to get comfortable on campus. We look forward to settling into our routines and having more typical schedules for the upcoming week, with sports practices and games getting underway.

We are holding a virtual Middle School Parents’ Night this Tuesday, September 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This will be followed by Parent-Advisor Conferences in early October, and Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 28 and 29. Parents are an integral part of the NYA community, and school-home connections are vital in allowing us to better support the students each and every day. The middle school years are a time when students begin to take responsibility for their school work and for themselves. Working together, parents and teachers provide them with the skills and support necessary to do just that.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


Our Virtual Middle School Parents’ Night is on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. Parents can log in using this link. This event provides parents with the opportunity to learn more about NYA, their child’s classes, and their teachers. The evening will begin with a Zoom Webinar for all Middle School parents to get to know our Middle School program and to meet out Middle School staff. Classroom teachers will also send out videos to the parents to introduce themselves and go over some highlights of what to expect in each course.


Students in grades six through eight will need to bring their musical instruments this week for band and strings. Please note that instruments should be brought to the band room before school (not stored in the Middle School). Only instruments small enough to fit inside a student’s locker (along with all of their other supplies and gear) may be brought in the Middle School.


Cindy Hould is our school counselor and is available to provide support to students and families. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a clinical background working with adolescents in residential treatment, and was a Clinical Coordinator at the Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Adolescent Partial Hospital Program. Cindy has a strong background in trauma recovery, assisting clients in the military and survivors of a mass shooting. She works with students across all three divisions, assists with the sixth grade Life Skills class and provides additional support to the ninth grade class as they transition to the Upper School. Cindy welcomes parents to contact her for a consultation or referrals in the community. She is on campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please reach out via email at chould@nya.org and by phone at 207-847-5499 (w) and 207-200-5143 (cell).


Middle School fall sports began last week with opening meetings, and students will hit the ground running in the week ahead. There were a number of challenges with creating the Middle School competition schedules this fall, and they are at last being finalized and posted. We appreciate everyone’s patience! We anticipate a full schedule of home and away events, and we are thrilled with the enthusiasm our students are displaying early on.

Each of our competition venues is open to all spectators this season! We require everyone to mask when visiting indoor spaces. As we reopen the sidelines, we ask that our fans remember to cheer in ways that support our students and teams. We pride ourselves on having an inclusive and supportive competition environment and strongly believe in the “be loud, be proud, be positive” mantra.

As the seasons move forward and the academic loads increase, students should be mindful of their schedules and plan accordingly. Communicating with coaches and teachers about conflicts with practices, competitions, and major assignments is important. Be sure to look ahead!

We hope to see you all at Homecoming this weekend!  ~ Kelsy Ross, Director of Athletics


Friday, September 17 is the start of Come Home to NYA Weekend at NYA. There are Upper School games scheduled throughout the afternoon and ample opportunity to cheer on NYA. We will have a table where students can stop by to get face paint, orange & black temporary hairspray, and some special orange and black loot. Students may also want to take a turn in the Bounce Obstacle Course. There will be an all-school cookout beginning at 3:30 to enjoy a snack while watching the games and having fun. On Saturday, there will be another slate of Upper School games, and concessions will be sold throughout the day. The NYA Parents’ Association will also be selling logo wear by the turf field on Friday and Saturday if you are looking to add to your collection of NYA panther gear.


To gear up for Homecoming, we will enjoy a full week of special dress days this week to get into the NYA spirit!

  • Monday:  Pajama Day (comfy pajamas or sweats)
  • Tuesday:  Sports Day (favorite jersey/team gear)
  • Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (crazy hat/hair/socks/mixed-up outfit/etc.)
  • Thursday:  Class Colors (fifth- blue; sixth- green; seventh- yellow; eighth- red)
  • Friday:  Orange & Black (show your Panther Pride!)


We are holding the Annual Steve Morris Golf Tournament this Saturday, September 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Now is your last chance to register! Join alumni, parents, friends, and families for a day of golf to benefit NYA students at Toddy Brook Golf Course. This fun, scramble-format tournament includes games and prizes, breakfast and lunch, and an opportunity to join the NYA community in supporting students and families. If you are interested in playing or putting together a foursome, please register here.


On Tuesday, September 21, we are holding a New Parent Welcome Reception under an event tent on the Curtis lawn. The event runs from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and you are welcome to drop in anytime. With over fifty guests already registered, we hope you will join us for this event designed to welcome new parents to the NYA community. We encourage all NYA parents/guardians to attend to welcome our newest families to the school. Stop by and meet other NYA parents and learn how to get involved while enjoying appetizers and cocktails. Please register here.

one-skySKY DAY

Friday, September 24 is Sky Day, “a global citizen art initiative designed to bring us together and promote a new level of ecological citizenship around the world from Only One Sky.” Around the globe, people take photos of “their” sky. Advisory groups will head outside on September 24 and take a photo of the sky above campus. These photos are uploaded with a special hashtag assigned to NYA and become part of a photo collage of our school, state, country, and the world. The collages appear in the Sky Day Project Gallery online and as part of special exhibits in museums and planetariums around the world.


The first parent/advisor meetings of the year are coming up during the first two weeks of October. These meetings are a chance for parents and advisors to meet early on in the year; to check in about all aspects of the student’s life, including academics, extra-curriculars, social matters, goals, concerns, etc.; and to begin to forge that partnership of support for each student. Advisors will contact parents to schedule meeting times.


The seventh and eighth grade classes have their experiential trips coming up on Monday and Tuesday, October 4 and 5. Due to COVID protocols, students will have two day trips but will not stay overnight. The eighth grade will head to Cow Island with Rippleffect, where they will have the chance to try their hand at sea kayaking, a climbing wall, team-building, and a zip line. The seventh grade class will head to the Kieve Leadership School in Nobleboro. They will engage in numerous team-building challenges and take advantage of high and low elements on the outdoor ropes course and an indoor climbing wall. Additional details about each trip will be coming soon. Contact Danielle Barschdorf with any questions. There will be no Middle School sports on the afternoons of October 4 and 5.


Picture Day has been rescheduled for Friday, October 8. This is also a Dress-Up Day. Both class pictures and individual portraits will be taken, and the portraits will be used in our directory and yearbook. Families will have the opportunity to purchase portraits and will receive additional information on ordering directly from Lifetouch Photography.


To communicate unexpected changes in the schedule or closures (i.e. snow days) and other important or time sensitive information, we use our text alert system to message participating families. If you would like to receive texts from NYA, please text START to 22383 and add 22383 as a contact in your phone’s address book. In addition, please update your information in Family Web using the Custodial Parent Information Form to ensure that your cell phone number is correct and your Parent Alert settings are set to receive text messages. Instructions on using this form can be found here. (If you received text messages from NYA last year, you are likely all set, but it doesn’t hurt to make sure.)


As part of appropriate safety and preparedness as well as meeting state mandates, NYA holds both fire and crisis drills throughout the year. The first of these drills is happening soon. Every effort is made to avoid making these anxiety-producing for the students. Please feel free to contact Marissa Markonish or your child’s advisor with any questions or concerns.


To maintain the safety of the community while welcoming grandparents and grandfriends to campus, we plan to hold  Middle and Upper School Grandparents’ Day on campus under an event tent on Denney Field, on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Lower School Grandparents’ Day will take place on May 13, 2022.)

Upper School grandparents will be hosted in the morning (9:00-11:00 a.m.) and Middle School grandparents will attend in the afternoon (1:00-2:30 p.m.). At each event, there will be performances by student musicians, refreshments, and opportunities to meet teachers and connect with grandchildren. There will be no classroom visits, but we plan to showcase academics during both events. Grandparents with grandchildren in both the Middle and Upper School are welcome to attend both events.

Please help us ensure your child’s grandparent or grandfriend is invited to this fun, memorable gathering by completing the grandparent information form here. Invitations will be emailed next week. Thank you!


9/13-9/17Spirit Week
9/14Middle School Parents’ Night, Zoom6:30 p.m.
9/14Upper School Parents’ Night, Zoom7:00 p.m.
9/17-9/28Come Home to NYA: Homecoming and Reunion
9/17Edgar F. White ’38 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
9/17Homecoming Festivities2:30-7:30 p.m.
9/18Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, Toddy Brook Golf Course7:15 a.m.
9/18Homecoming Festivities10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
9/21New Parent Welcome Reception, Event Tent4:00-6:00 p.m.
9/24Sky Day
9/30Parent-Advisor Conferences begin
10/4 & 10/5Seventh & Eighth Grade Experiential Trips
10/4 & 10/5NO Middle School Sports for Grades 6-8
10/8Picture Day; Dress Up Day
10/11Indigenous Peoples’ Day (formerly Columbus Day)NO SCHOOL
10/22Middle & Upper School Grandparents’ Day; Dress Up Day
10/27Halloween Festivities
10/28 & 10/29Parent-Teacher ConferencesNO SCHOOL


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