Upper School Newsletter for April 23, 2017

‘Tis the time of spring music!

I hope that you were able to attend the Chorus Concert on Friday at the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center. It was a fantastic performance.

The concert opened with breathtaking individual performances by Jackie Ellsworth singing “At Last”, Elizabeth Gagnon and Justin Guo singing “Phantom of the Opera”, and Suzanna Butterfield, Lindsay Tufts, and Milla Rosenfeld singing  “One Voice”. Other excellent performances came from the Treble Chorus, Middle School Girls – the former two choruses combined singing “Joyful, Joyful”, Junior Varsity Singers, Middle School Boys combining with Varsity Singers in “Over the Rainbow”, Varsity Singers and Upper School Chorus. The latter group ended with a vibrant version of “My Shot” from Hamilton, featuring eleven individual singers (I mean rappers). It was outstanding. Each year this concert ends with the same song, “The Parting Glass” for the seniors as they walk off the stage, and each year it is the highlight of the concert!

This concert marked the beginning of the music of spring! Many wonder why these concerts do not take place later in May. The reason is that the last day of classes for seniors is April 28. Then they are involved in AP Exams and in their Senior Service Project. They provide 40 hours of service to a local school, animal shelter, non-profit organization and the like. Seniors are responsible for making contact with the organization, setting up appropriate times for their service, and reporting out on their experience at its conclusion. Each year we hear from organizations that they always welcome NYA seniors as they are dedicated and diligent workers, providing great help to each organization. This year there will be a total of 1,560 hours of service provided by 39 seniors.

To return to where I began, you are all invited to the next two concerts this coming week. The Strings Concert is Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth. Under the direction of Linda Vaillancourt, it is great to see the progression of student learning from the Lower School to the Middle School and finally the Upper School. There are many combinations of student duos and trios as well as the full complement of string players playing as one.

The Instrumental Spring Concert is Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the NYA Performing Arts Center, AKA the gymnasium. Whether you like band, wind ensemble, jazz, steel, or bluegrass, you will enjoy this concert, including both the Middle and Upper Schools under the direction of Ian Ramsey and Linda Vaillancourt. And usually there is a surprise or two along the way! There will be individual student recitals in May which will be scheduled too. These provide an intimate setting in Higgins for students who have pursued independent study in music. They each have their own character and flavor, demonstrating the diversity and talent of our student body.

Let the music continue!

John Drisko
Assistant Head of School & Head of the Upper School


Monday, May 1: 8:00 Chemistry8:00 Environmental Science
Tuesday, May 2:8:00 Spanish
Wednesday, May 3:
Thursday, May 4:8:00 US Government8:00 Politics
Friday, May 5:8:00 US HistoryAP Art Portfolios Due
Monday, May 8:8:00 Biology8:00 Music Theory12:00 Physics C
Tuesday, May 9:8:00 Calculus AB & BC12:00 French
Wednesday, May 10:8:00 English Language & Composition12:00 Macroeconomics
Thursday, May 11:8:00 Comparative Government & Politics12:00 Statistics
Friday, May 12:8:00 Microeconomics12:00 European History


NYA’s class of 2019 will be putting on a raffle for four sets of four tickets for different Sea Dogs games this summer. Four of the tickets are for Fourth of July, eight are for July 19, and four are for August 17. Starting Monday the April 24, we will be selling raffle tickets throughout the school day and at various sports games for two weeks. The tickets will be $1 each or $5 for 10. This is open to the Lower, Middle, and Upper School families. Please help support the class of 2019!

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As part of Lower School Grandparents’ Day each year, the students serve tea to their grandparents. We have been working to build a collection of teapots for this event and are still in need of additional teapots. Do you have a teapot you would like to donate for this special event? Please bring teapots to the Lower School reception area or contact Jen Elkins with any questions.

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Every April, people throughout the United States celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others. Throughout the day, schools, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. This year, Poem in Your Pocket Day is Thursday, April 27. We encourage all NYA students to put a poem in their pocket and add their voices to the celebration. If you would like to share in this fun day of poetry, you can visit the Academy of American Poets’ website for more information and you can share your poem on Twitter #pocketpoem. NYA celebrated Poetry Month with a Poetry Exhibition last Friday.

NYA SPRING CONCERTS (another reminder is always called for when it comes to music).

The Spring Concerts are coming!  The NYA Music Department will present three concerts over the next several weeks.

  • Tuesday, April 25: Strings Concert, featuring all NYA string players, grades 3-12. This concert will take place at the First Parish Church in Yarmouth.  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: Instrumental Concert, featuring an array of NYA instrumental groups. Groups performing will include the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Bluegrass, Steel Band and likely other groups. This concert takes place in the NYA gym, and begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25: Student recital featuring Milla Rosenfeld, Suzanna Butterfield and the Jazz Combo in Higgins Hall at 6:30 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE!soiree2017

NYA Soiree: Fundraiser to support the students and programs at NYA. Friday, May 5 at Thompson’s Point. Thank you to event chairs Jen Edwards and Josie Griffin. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information visit our website. Click here to get tickets.

Auction item sneak preview: Two Tickets to the US Open Tennis Championships donated by USTA New England


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.


NYA_3x3_summer2016_stickyNYA 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, and more. New offerings this year include Wizard Magic Camp, Mad Science, Girls on the Run, Counselor In Training program (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate), and two levels of dance with Brio. Additional information on camps and registration can be found on our website. Camps are filling up, so register soon!



Don’t Forget!  Fill your ‘NYA Project Graduation’ CLYNK bags with returnables and bring them to ANY Hannaford, ANY day!  If you drop them off by Monday April 24, Project Graduation will receive an additional 50 cents on each dollar! CLYNK bags are free and available at all NYA Offices.

Thank you very much for your help and support!

Joanna See and Martha Barrett,


4/25/2017Morning Forum with Ben Jackson
Spring Strings Concert
8:00 in MSCR
6:30 p.m.
4/25/2017Dress Down Day for GISA    $3
4/27/2017Spring Instrumental Concert6:30 p.m.
4/28/2017Last day of classes for seniors
 5/5/2017 NYA Soiree 5 to 10 p.m.
5/9/2017Draft Campus Master Plan Presentation5:30 p.m. in MSCR
5/10/2017Dress Down Day for American Lung Association   $3
5/12/2017Spring Drama Performance6:30 in Higgins