Panther Roar, the Upper School Newsletter for Sunday, September 18, 2016


It is hard to believe that this wonderful Maine summer has come to an end. I suspect that many are still hanging on to the last vestiges of the warm weather. I don’t blame you. In the first two weeks of school, it would be hard to recognize that summer had even taken place. Every year I am amazed how quickly and seemingly effortlessly the routine and vibrancy of learning returns to individual students and to the student body as a whole. This is quite clear when the Upper School gets together at 10:20 three days a week for gathering. Announcements, mostly from students, cover the upcoming class meetings, invitations to become part of the many activities available for students, and congratulations for athletic successes from the previous day’s games. The sense of community is relaxed yet palpable. I, for one, am grateful the school year has begun. NYA is a much brighter place with students in it than during the emptiness of summer.

With the beginning of school, there is much that goes on. What follows is a list of upcoming events to add to your calendar.

Mr. Drisko/John Drisko
Assistant Head of School & Head of the Upper School


September 21, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room

Parents of members of the Class of 2020 are invited to a general orientation to the Upper School and, specifically, to the freshman year. It will be an introduction to the academic and social culture of the Upper School. Who would not want to hear about the upcoming Homecoming dance and what that entails?


September 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Safford

This Wednesday is Upper School Parent Night. It will be a time to meet your child’s teachers and learn about their classes. You will likely experience a few examples of what students are actually doing in class, so be sure to bring your A-game! We will begin in Safford at 7:00 p.m. It may help to arrive a few minutes early in order to pick up your child’s, I mean your, schedule for the evening.

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September 30 and October 1

Homecoming is a great time for members of the NYA community to gather at games and support all student-athletes. Friday, September 30 is the start of Homecoming at NYA.  This is an ORANGE & BLACK dress down day for students to show their Panther Pride.  The schedule of games is below. In addition, there will be a cookout for students beginning at 5:00 p.m. NYA has developed a tradition of gathering to support the volleyball team for its game at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. Join the sea of black and orange in the stands and the chorus of cheers for the team. Homecoming ends with a dance on Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Safford. If students want to bring a guest from another school they must inform Mr. Gengras by Thursday, September 29 either directly or by email. All guests must be of high school age.


September 30, 2016

Field Hockey 4:00 p.m.
Girls Soccer 5:30 p.m.
JV Volleyball 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball 6:00 p.m.

Community Cookout beginning at 5:00

October 1, 2016

Varsity Volleyball 1:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys Soccer 2:00 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball 3:30 p.m.
JV Boys Soccer 3:45 p.m.

Homecoming Dance: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in Safford. This is put on by the junior class, and the cost is $5.00.


October 6

Each year we begin the year with 25-minute conferences between advisors and students. This is a chance to meet advisors, if you have not already, and to share information about the beginning of the year and discuss the upcoming year. Advisors will reach out to parents to schedule a time. Slots are set aside from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. on October 6. However, if that day does not fit your schedule, you will be able to schedule a mutually convenient day and time with the advisor.


October 6 at 6:00 p.m. in room 109 in Curtis

Parents of all Upper School students are invited to attend. Special guest Michael Bartini, Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College, will cover all aspects of the financial aid application process.


October 14

It is a wonderful community event! Interested in volunteering at the US and MS Grandparents’ Day this year?  This annual event, where we welcome grandparents and grand-friends to campus, is a lot of fun and a lot of work, and we need your help.  Please contact Debra Ramsey, and find out where you can help out!


October 14 at Grandparents’ Day

Speakers:  Lauren Tufts and Milla Rosenfeld




Parents, please enjoy this letter of introduction from our new school counselor, Kate Danielson.



9/20 JV & V Volleyball 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.
9/21 Golf 3:30 p.m. @ Toddy Brook
9/22 Girls Soccer 4:00 p.m.
9/24 Boys V & JV Soccer 10:00 & 11:45 a.m.
9/26 Girls Soccer 4:00 p.m.
9/27 JV Golf 3:30 p.m. @ Toddy Brook
Boys V & JV Soccer 3:30 & 5:15 p.m.
JV & V Volleyball 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.
9/28 JV Golf 3:30 p.m. @ Toddy Brook
9/30 Homecoming Games
10/1 Homecoming Games