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May 5, 2019

Dear Families,

On Friday, members of the class of 2019 attended their final Friday Forum and last day of classes. This week, they begin their community service projects. The seniors will be on campus for exams and athletics throughout the month of May, but I want to take this opportunity to congratulate them before they move on.

A final thank you to everyone who supported the Soirée. Together, we raised $134,390 for NYA students, including $79,550 to strengthen STEM education at all levels at the Academy. This will include new resources, courses, and a new “STEM Champion” faculty member for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions on this project or any of the other capital projects that will take place this summer, please contact Jennifer Richard, Director of Development.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of NYA, thank you for the wonderful faculty and staff appreciation May Day Luncheon. Thank you to the many volunteers and event co-chairs Laura Bergeron, Danielle King, and Gretchen Lacombe. It was truly thoughtful and enjoyed by all.

Thank you to the NYA Parents’ Association for the grant to purchase new picnic tables. Additional thanks to the NYA facilities staff for staining the tables. They are located above the turf field and also on the grassy area near Grizzy’s Quad (in between the Middle School and Curtis Building). Spring will arrive soon (I hope), and these will be a welcome addition for outside games, lunch, or homework.

Mission Spotlight:

Fifth Grade Arts Night was held this past Thursday evening, and it was an amazing night of visual arts and musical performances. The fifth graders treated their parents, friends, and families to an evening of music, art, drama, and a grand display of state floats. The state floats, along with a myriad of research and writing, represented the culmination of each student’s in-depth study of the state of their choosing.

The drama presentation was directed by Nora Krainis with help from Upper and Middle School students, Ellie Griswold, Sydney Gilman, Clara Mulvihill, Malia Morin, Ol Juve, Leif MacCarthy, and Genevieve Vaillancourt. This year’s show, Norton Juster’s play The Phantom Tollbooth, captivated the audience with singing, whimsical dancing, and fun props that transformed from a bureau into a tollbooth before the eyes of the audience. The collection of artwork showcased the talents of the budding fifth grade artists under the creative eye of Tim McMahon. Linda Vaillancourt and her student teacher, Kayley Clark, led the fifth graders in a musical presentation highlighting all of the hard work and practice the students put into learning new instruments. It was a fabulous evening enjoyed by both the students and their families.

You are all invited to a special Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony to be held in front of the Fogg Flagpole on Friday, May 24 at 7:45 a.m. NYA’s Archivist, Jay Robbins, will share words on the importance of this day. He will finish with a special remembrance of the many NYA alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country.

  • As a side fact, the flagpole is named Fogg Flagpole in honor of LTJG Carleton Thayer Fogg, NYA ’37. He was a pilot and the first NYA alum killed in action during WWII. Atop the flagpole sits a replica of a Douglas Dauntless, the same type of plane Fogg flew during the war.

NYA currently has 15 international students from China, Canada, Austria, and Germany. The Academy has another five students from other states across the country. Our homestay program both benefits the Academy and provides a great opportunity for these students. Serving as a host family for one of these students can be incredibly rewarding. If you are interested in learning more about hosting a student from another state or country, please contact Sagaree Sengupta or Eliot Grady. They can share additional information on the program, the host family stipend that helps offset expenses, and additional expectations of the program. We are also looking for families to serve as host relief families. Relief families are available, at their convenience, to provide occasional/weekend relief for the host families. This is a great opportunity for a cultural experience and a great way to support an NYA student who lives away from their home.

It is not too late to RSVP for Lower School Grandparents’ Day. Lower School Grandparents’ Day will take place from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10. This is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents or “grandfriends” to visit NYA. There will be classes to visit, performances, and a tea and dessert reception. This is always a fun day for everyone. Grandparents should kindly RSVP online.

Looking for some new NYA spirit wear and gear for spring? The Parents’ Association will have a pop-up shop open in the gym during Lower School Grandparents’ Day. They will have a good supply of Lower School swag as well as many other items for all ages for sale. Cash or check only.

The New England Math League Contest (NEML) has been administered to NYA Middle School students for the last 14 years. With the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) test given to our eighth graders earlier in the year, the NEML test is given to our fifth through seventh graders in the spring. While everyone worked hard and challenged themselves through these contests, we would like to recognize the top scorers in each grade:

Fifth grade:
First place: Liam Emmons
Second place: Nate Geary, Hadley Smith

Sixth grade:
First place: Rafa Nakouzi
Second place: Emily Robbins

Seventh grade:
First place: Bryce Curtis
Second place: Lauryn Casey

The Mathematical Association of America (or the MAA) was established in 1915 and is a highly distinguished math organization. In 1950, the MAA gave their first mathematical competition (the AMC), and currently there are three levels – eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade. Back in mid-November, our eighth graders (and a few seventh graders) were administered the eighth grade level of this competition. They all worked through challenging questions that focused more on problem solving than just computation. In our Middle School, certificates were awarded to the top scorers for an Intro to Algebra section and also for a combined Algebra 1 and Geometry section.

Intro to Algebra section:
First place: Ethan Rapkin-Stiles
Second place: Jenessa Blanc

Algebra 1 and Geometry section:
First place: Sloane O’Donnell Fox
Second place: Fynn MacCarthy, Madison Miers

Congratulations to all students for all their hard work on these competitions!

Many students also earned recognition for strong performances on the national language exams and acceptance into district, all state, and all national music festivals. See next Sunday’s newsletters for additional information.


  1. May 6-17-AP Exams
  2. Friday, May 10-Lower School Grandparents’ Day
  3. Saturday, May 18-Prom
  4. Wednesday, May 22 – Middle School Recognition Evening
  5. Friday, May 24-Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony
  6. Friday, May 24-last day of classes Middle and Upper School
  7. Friday, May 24 – Middle School Spring Athletic Celebration
  8. May 28-30-Middle and Upper School Exams
  9. Thursday, May 30-Senior Dinner
  10. Friday, May 31-Awards Day and Fun Day
  11. Friday, May 31-last day of classes for Lower School-classes end at 10:30 a.m.
  12. Sunday, June 2-Commencement
  13. Monday, June 10 – Upper School Athletic Recognition

On Wednesday, May 8, the Middle School students will host the Special Olympics Motor Activities Event. The students will assist with events, support the athletes, and cheer them on throughout the competition. The NYA Middle School has hosted this event for many years. It is a great way for the students to give back to the community, but it is also an event they look forward to each year.

William (grade 3) and Lucy Lorenz (grade 1) are getting ready to take over as Head of School for the Day. They have set their sights high on planning a great day for the students of NYA. More to come.

Good news! No need to make dinner plans for tonight. The NYA sophomore class is hosting a fundraiser at Elevation Burger, 85 Western Avenue in South Portland, to raise money for next year’s prom. Dine anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. today, mention NYA, and 50% of all sales will be donated to the NYA sophomore class. Pack up the family and enjoy dinner out, all while supporting the NYA sophomore class and next year’s prom.

Have a great week!


Ben Jackson
Head of School


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