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September 29, 2019

Dear Families,

There was a great deal of activity and energy on campus this week with Homecoming events. The festivities kicked off Friday with the Edgar F. White ’38 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction. Allie Tocci Hurley, NYA ’08, was inducted as the newest member of the NYA Athletic Hall of Fame. Allie was a member of the NYA Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, and Softball Teams. She made many contributions to the Academy outside of the athletic arena and went on to graduate from Northeastern and University of Maine School of Law. Congratulations to Allie Tocci Hurley.

Travis Roy served as guest speaker during the ceremonies. Travis attended NYA from 1991 to 1993, playing soccer, ice hockey, and tennis. NYA’s ice arena, which was managed by his father, and where Travis spent countless hours practicing and playing hockey, is named in his honor. Many of you know Travis’s story. He was awarded a hockey scholarship to Boston University fulfilling his childhood dream. Eleven seconds into his first game for BU, he damaged his fourth and fifth vertebra, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Demonstrating amazing perseverance, Travis went on to graduate from BU, and he founded the Travis Roy Foundation, which helps countless individuals with spinal cord injuries and funds medical research. He addressed our students with an inspiring message and answered questions. He was then awarded an honorary Edgar F. White ’38 Athletic Hall of Fame plaque, which was a surprise to him. We are very proud he is a friend of the Academy.

Homecoming festivities continued with many games throughout the weekend. Girls field hockey kicked things off with a game on Friday. Middle and Upper School teams also competed in soccer, cross country, and volleyball throughout the weekend. The Friday night volleyball game traditionally has a loud and enthusiastic cheering section of students. This year did not disappoint. Congratulations to all of our teams and student athletes for their competitions over the last few days.

The weekend festivities also included the dedication of the new Poulin Family Tennis Courts and the NYA turf field. Thank you to the many donors who made both of these projects possible. A major thank you to lead donors Chris and Lori Poulin for the tennis courts and Nick and Jessie Alberding for the new turf field and scoreboard.

Approximately 50 golfers participated in the NYA Steve Morris Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament at Falmouth Country Club on Saturday. Alumni, trustees, grandparents, friends, and current students and their families raised funds for financial aid for NYA students. The day was a great success.

The NYA Varsity Golf Team finished the regular season with an exceptional 9-5 record. Cal Davies, Carson Gall,Will Jackson, Anders Jonsson, Bryce Poulin, and Derek Wolverton will represent NYA as the team qualified for the state tournament scheduled for Saturday, October 5. Congratulations to the team and Carson and Cal who qualified for the individual state tournament.

The week’s activities included several school spirit-themed dress down days and an all-school cookout on Friday. It was also exciting to see many alumni on campus for the week’s festivities.

The Primary classes are off to an amazing start in the Lower School. Both classrooms are doing an in-depth study on Monarch butterflies. They have observed the amazing process of metamorphosis first-hand by fostering caterpillars in the classrooms. This study takes place across the curriculum incorporating literacy by writing/drawing journal entries of the transition from caterpillar to butterfly, reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction picture books, learning about the butterflies’ journey to Mexico in Spanish, and creating butterfly projects in art class. The butterfly release is treasured by everyone as the children get a chance to hold a butterfly on their finger before it takes flight. It’s a very fun project and a fantastic learning experience for the kids.

The primary students are also taking a field trip to an apple orchard this week to close out their study on apples and fall harvest. They will use some of the apples they collect for a community cooking project.

Mission Spotlight:

On Friday, September 20, classes around NYA recognized International Day of Peace. Mrs. Gallagher’s first grade class recognized the day by reading a book about peace and discussing its meaning. They followed up by designing a peace path in front of the Lower School. Finally, the students created a “hand-heart” photo collage. Each of the students brought home a copy to remind them of the meaning of peace. Ms. KB’s primary class circled one of our peace poles and sang songs about peace.

Ms. Grady’s sixth grade geography class has been on the road lately! Two weeks ago, students visited Eartha, the world’s largest rotating and revolving globe, at Garmin to learn about scale models, observe the tilt of the Earth, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of globes. This past week, the class traveled to the Osher Map Library at USM, where students examined maps from the collection to see what they can teach us about cartographers’ world views and to see how maps have changed over time. Students also received a Buckminster Fuller’s Globe-Map, which they cut out and taped together to make a 20-sided globe of the earth. Stop by the Middle School sixth grade geography/English classroom to see their handiwork!

Reminder: Upper and Middle School Grandparents’ Day is Friday, October 11. This special day for grandparents and grand-friends would not be possible without the assistance of parent volunteers. If you are available to volunteer at any time from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on October 11, please contact Debra Ramsey P’15, P’20 with your availability. Thank you for your consideration, parents!

Save the date for Lower School Grandparents’ Day, which will take place on Friday, May 1, 2020.

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Have a great week!


Ben Jackson
Head of School


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