Middle School Newsletter for May 21, 2017

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. 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 we 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 24. 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 dress code for the concert is Dress Up Day attire (knee length or longer skirts and no shorts, please!). Students should report to the gym for warm-ups at the following times:  4:55 p.m. – Rock Band; 5:05 p.m. – Steel Band; 5:15 p.m. – Chorus (all); 5:35 p.m. – Strings; and 5:45 p.m. – 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; 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!


Friday morning at 7:50 a.m., please join us for our 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.


We will have a special schedule for grades six through eight on Friday, May 26 including 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!


lax-msgThe 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 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.


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

1-nya-students-teachers-05-03-17-9362TEXTBOOK DONATIONS

We are collecting any unwanted 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 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.


The eighth grade whitewater rafting trip runs from Friday, June 2 to Saturday, June 3. Eighth graders should bring everything they will need for the rafting trip when they come to school on Friday morning. After the fun day festivities, eighth graders will grab their gear and head over to the arena parking lot by 2:20 p.m. There, they will board the NYA buses and head up to Adventure Bound in Caratunk, Maine.

Upon arrival, students will settle into their cabins and then gather for dinner. After dinner, they will have some free time to enjoy swimming, games, movies, and s’mores by the fireside. In the morning, the group will gather for breakfast, have a training session by the guides, pick up their gear, and then board the bus to head out for their whitewater adventure down the Kennebec. After rafting, they will return to the campsite, change, enjoy a BBQ lunch, and gather their belongings for the trip home. The buses typically return to the arena parking lot between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., but it varies depending upon the speed of the river. Students will be able to call from the road and give parents an ETA.

Students should pack appropriately for the trip. Adventure Bound will provide wetsuits – essential with the chilly water! Students should bring bathing suits (a one-piece suit or tankini is recommended for girls), water shoes, towels, sunscreen, bug repellent, rain gear, appropriate clothing – think layers!, toiletries, and a sleeping bag. Click here for additional details about what to pack. Students may bring cell phones, but there is no reception at the campsite. No other electronics are permitted. Visit the Adventure Bound website for additional information.

It will be an exciting conclusion to the school year!


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. nya-awards-outing-day-2016-5959-resizeFollowing 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 1:45 p.m. At that time, the eighth graders will gather their gear and board the buses to Caratunk for their whitewater rafting overnight. They should be ready to go with all gear at the ice arena parking lot by 2:00 p.m.


The second annual NYA Make-A-Wish Corn Hole Tournament is just around the corner. The format this year will be slightly different than last. The final rounds will be held on Friday, June 2, with prizes awarded to the winning team and runner up. This tournament is open to students in grades five through twelve, as well as faculty. Entry cost is $10/team, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.

washingtonmonument-2JUNE 2018 HISTORY TRIP

The deadline for early registration for the June 2018 History Trip has been extended to Thursday, June 15, 2017. If you do not wish 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:

 Online – go to https://worldstrides.com/signup Use Trip ID#143473.

By phone – contact WorldStrides’ Customer Service team at 1-800-468-5899.

By mail – send in the Registration Form using the envelope in your child’s Invitation Packet.

If you have any questions, please contact David Echeverria.


On Friday, May 19, students in grades five through eight enjoyed Middle School Field Trip Day.  Each grade traveled to a different location to enjoy a special day of exploration!

1-20170519_115701-2The 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, 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. After the trip, the class enjoyed a delicious lunch at Flatbread Pizza.  ~ Michele Buehner

1-communitygardenbrunswick6thThe sixth grade spent the entire day outside enjoying all that Maine has to offer. The goals of the day were to further students’ appreciation and understanding of Maine’s environment and to involve them in local community service. We began the day with a quick stop by Garmin to see Eartha. Next was a hike to the top of Bradbury Mountain followed by lunch at Winslow Park. The group then proceeded to Crystal Springs Farm and Land Trust, where we learned about the importance of sustainable farming and helped with a variety of tasks around the farm. We ended the day with a much deserved trip to Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick.  ~ Karen Messick

1-img_8879The seventh grade had a wonderful trip to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston where we saw the work of the Foster Prize recipients, as well as the exhibition of Nari Ward’s sculptures. Following the visit to the ICA, we sampled the food trucks in Dewey Square and then enjoyed a presentation by Jeremy Sahlman at Black Math Studios, a commercial animation studio in Boston.   ~ Tim McMahon

stockadeThe 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.  ~ David Echeverria

summer-reading-pic-2SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

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.


Be sure to register for the Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament. The tourney is scheduled for Saturday, June 10 at Toddy Brook Golf Course in North Yarmouth. The tournament directly supports the Steve Morris Scholar Fund which was created in 2002 by a group of NYA alumni and friends in honor of beloved NYA teacher and coach Steve Morris. It’s a fun event for golfers of all abilities. We hope you can join us! Please contact Caroline Anson with any questions.


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.

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The Middle School Locker Open House will be on Friday, August 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 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 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.


5/24 Middle School Recognition Evening 5:30 p.m.
5/25 Last Day of Middle School Spring Sports
5/26 Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony, front lawn 7:50 a.m.
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.-1:45 p.m.
6/2-6/3 Eighth Grade Whitewater Rafting Trip
6/4 NYA Commencement, Front Lawn 2:00 p.m.
6/10 Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
6/15 Returning Student Forms Due
8/25 Middle School Locker Open House 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
9/5 First Day of School!


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