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January 27, 2019

Dear Families,

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. This year, over 1,100 works of art were submitted in Maine, and NYA is proud to announce these results:

  • Bronwen Ramsey-Brimberg ’20: Gold Key in Photography
  • Sydney Billings ’20: Silver Key for Drawing/Illustration
  • Camille Beaudoin ’21: Silver Key and two Honorable Mentions in Photography
  • Laurel Buehner ’23: Silver Key in Painting
  • Angel Huntsman ’23: Honorable Mention in Drawing/Illustration.

Sydney, Camille, Laurel, Bronwen, and Camille will display their work as part of the 2019 Maine Region Scholastics Exhibition at Maine College of Art from January 25 to February 9.

Congratulations to NYA Junior Te’Andre King. Te’Andre scored his 1,000th career point during a home basketball contest vs. Old Orchard Beach last Friday night. This is a major milestone for any high school basketball player. The Portland Press Herald featured an article on Te’Andre in an edition last week.

As a reminder, Friday, February 1 will be an early release day for students as our teachers return to the classroom themselves for some professional development. We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Ross Greene. Dr. Greene is a nationally recognized author, child psychologist, and founder of the non-profit, Lives in the Balance. During his last visit, he conducted workshops with students, faculty, and parents. He is going to expand on his prior work with faculty. The school day will end at 11:30 a.m., buses will depart at 11:40 a.m., and After Care in the Lower School will not be available.

Last Thursday, NYA’s Key Club, along with Portland High School and Deering High School Key Clubs, put on a concert at Deering High School to benefit March of Dimes. The concert was free, but approximately $500 in donations was raised for March of Dimes, an organization that helps support premature babies and their mothers. It was a great way for our chorus to collaborate with other schools in the area.

Mission Spotlight

Mrs. Michaelis’ Mathematics of Finance class learned in the field at Key Bank on Main Street last week. As part of their study of banking and savings, they met with the Key Bank Branch Manager. He provided an overview on loans, credit cards, and other accounts. The students had questions on everything from loans to saving tax-free for retirement. It was a great lesson on how to spend wisely, save money, and establish a good credit history.

Members of the Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program (YAAPP) will meet with the seventh and eighth graders this Monday and Tuesday. “YAAPP delivers education, services, and advocacy that enable youth to make choices with their dating relationships that are safe, healthy, and informed. These sessions will focus on navigating the social demands of middle school, both in person and on social media.”

Once again, NYA girls in grades 3-5 will have the opportunity to join the NYA Girls on the Run (GOTR) team later this spring. Each practice will focus on a topic related to the girls’ lives and include discussions, games, and a running workout. The running practice helps to prepare the girls for an end of season celebratory 5K run with other GOTR girls from all over Maine! To learn more about the GOTR program and to register, please visit the Girls on the Run website. Registration begins February 1, and space is limited.

Reminder: NYA’s thespians are rehearsing for the winter musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Shows will take place on Friday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 9, at 2:00 and 6:30 p.m. Admission is $8.00. Call 207-847-5432 or email Heidi Lathrop for tickets. This is always a can’t miss event!

Lower School Live will be held on Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m. in the Merrill Lower School Building. This is an opportunity for prospective families to learn more about the toddler-fourth grade program. The event includes a meeting with Mrs. Markonish, followed by a tour of the Lower School. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to visit. They may register online here.

Volunteer to help with the NYA Soirée: Join us on Wednesday, February 13 from 2:00 to 2:30 pm in the Middle School Community Room to share your thoughts and ideas on the Soirée, NYA’s biggest fundraising event of the year. We would love to hear from you. If you have questions, please contact event chairpersons  Josie Griffin P’27, P’30; Jen Edwards P’30, P’32; Gretchen Lacombe P’22, P’25; and Amity Jackson P’21, P’22, P’26; or  Crystal Gordon in the NYA Development Office.

Project Graduation is an overnight, safe, fun filled, alcohol-free program of activities for our seniors after graduation. Project Graduation volunteers are currently selling raffle calendars for $10.00 and raffle tickets for a Celtics game. Another fundraiser for Project Graduation includes donating funds through CLYNK recycling. Visit the Project Graduation webpage for details on these fundraisers.

Have a great week!

Ben Jackson 
Head of School


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