Sunday Letter Graphic for WordPress

October 6, 2019

Dear Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out during NYA Homecoming weekend to support Panther athletics, attend the dedications of the new turf field and the Poulin Family Tennis Courts, and to just spend some quality time with other members of the community during Friday afternoon’s cookout. It was a fun weekend for all with over 80 alumni visiting and reconnecting with the Academy and their friends. The Steve Morris Golf Tournament was also a great success on Saturday raising funds for scholarships for students in grades 8-12.

The Parents’ Association (PA) is hosting their first PA Morning Forum of the year on Tuesday, October 15 at 8:00 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room (MSCR). The PA Morning Forums are informational sessions on any number of current topics at the Academy. The forums are also opportunities to meet new members of the faculty and staff. Ms. Kelsy Ross (NYA Director of Athletics) and Mrs. Terry Bartick (STEM Coordinator) will introduce themselves and share their educational philosophy and overall goals for the year. They will also be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be provided by the PA. I hope to see you there on Tuesday.

Ellie Hilscher, NYA 2020, held a music recital in Higgins Hall on Thursday night. It was an amazing performance! The recital is one of her requirements for the Diploma with Distinction in Music, Performance, Entrepreneurship, and Community. The Diplomas with Distinction are designed for students who wish to achieve excellence in one of five distinction programs at the Academy. In addition to the Distinction in Music, Performance, Entrepreneurship, and Community the other four opportunities include: STEM, Global Citizenship, Outdoor and Environmental Leadership, and Social Advocacy. Students pursuing one of these programs take ownership of the program and their learning. In addition to demonstrating excellence in the respective field, common components of the program are seminars, independent studies, and capstone projects. Students who successfully pursue one of these five programs earn a distinction along with their NYA diploma, and it becomes a part of their official transcript.

Mission Spotlight: Experiences outside the classroom

Ms. Smith’s and Ms. Lauerman’s biology students conducted field work this week at Mackworth Island. They examined the variation in species distribution of various periwinkles and seaweeds across the intertidal zone. They also collected data on the prevalence of the invasive European Green Crab that they will share with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Sixth graders and Primary students were also outside the classroom last week:

The sixth grade was off to Peaks Island on Friday for a historical and nature tour of the island, and some quality group-building time with the class. The students circumnavigated the island by bike, toured historical sites including Battery Steele, the Peaks Island Military Installation, and did some scientific nature journaling in varying ecosystems.

The Primary students finished their botany study of apples with a field trip to Thompson’s apple orchard.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with critical illnesses. NYA’s very own Make-A-Wish Club is hosting its second annual Pancake Breakfast and Pajama Day on October 9. This is an opportunity for students to buy a delicious breakfast of pancakes (with a gluten free option), fruit, and yogurt parfaits while supporting their efforts to grant a wish to a child in need in our very own community.

Order your breakfast by Monday, October 7 using one of the breakfast order forms provided by Ms. Johnson (Upper School) or Ms. Lathrop (Middle School) and have your breakfast delivered directly to morning study hall. Wednesday, October 9 will also be a pajama day dress down day ($2 donation). All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Club.

Coming up:

Friday, October 11, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is Middle and Upper School Grandparents’ Day at NYA. Please be sure your student’s grandparents or “grandfriends” know about this special day on campus and encourage them to RSVP or contact Crystal Gordon with questions.

Parents can help make this day a huge success by volunteering. There are still a few volunteer positions that need to be filled. If you are available and interested, contact Debra Ramsey at or (207) 380-9884.

Monday, October 14 – No School in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.

Have a great week!


Ben Jackson
Head of School


Facebook – North Yarmouth Academy Page, NYA Parents’ Association Group
YouTube – North Yarmouth Academy
Twitter – @NYAToday
Twitter -Athletics – @NYAPanther
Flickr – nyatoday
Instagram – Ben Jackson HOS
Instagram – northyarmouthacademy