Upper School Newsletter 2.19.17

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

This was the powerful message of NYA’s production of “Seussical” the musical which ran this weekend. Congratulations to all of the musical thespians involved a superb performance that was both hilarious and moving at times as well as extremely inventive. I am not sure how Mrs. Krainis and Mrs. Vaillancourt were able to put together the last two weeks of rehearsal with all of the snow days. Having seen the preview on Thursday evening, which is basically the dress rehearsal, the full company was certainly ready to go. And the “dress,” or rather the costumes, were breathtaking!

NYA is, I believe, the only school in the state of Maine that has both Upper School and Middle School students in the same musical production. The success of the production is a testament to the hard work of the director and musical director, as well as all of the actors taking risks to put themselves “out there”.

John Drisko
Assistant Head of School & Head of the Upper School


Students in grades 7-12 will again be participating in the National Spanish Exam, National Latin Exam, and Grand Concours (National French Contest).  These exams and contests take place annually in February-April and are a wonderful opportunity for our language students to demonstrate their proficiency and earn recognition for a job well done. They also get some practice on a standardized test. There is a nominal fee of up to $6 for participating; you will notice this charge on your student’s account in the coming weeks. Please contact Patia Maule, chair of the Modern & Classical Language Department, with any questions.


Even with all of the snow, it is time to think about Spring Athletic Season! All you need to know can be found right here in the Preseason Spring Athletics Newsletter for the Upper School.


The NYA Yearbook is a much-loved, highly-anticipated publication. The yearbooks will be distributed to students during our NYA Picnic/Fun Day on June 2, 2017. All NYA Middle and Upper School students are automatically charged for a 2016-17 yearbook, so you will see a $55 charge per student on your March bill. Don’t want a yearbook?  No problem, just call or email Lisa McGlinn in the business office, 207-847-5425, and she will reverse the charge. If you choose not to purchase a yearbook for your student, please inform your child so that he or she will be prepared not to receive one on June 2. Please contact yearbook advisor Jill O’Connor with any questions.

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Studio Band annually concludes its “season” with their final concert, aptly named “The Last Waltz” after The Band’s last concert in 1976. NYA’s version is a mixture of many different kinds of music and represents the culmination of a season of hard work by the musicians. Please come join us on Friday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Safford.


Friday, March 3 is Winter Carnival at NYA. We will have an abbreviated class schedule in the morning followed by special activities after lunch. Students in grades five through twelve will be broken up into groups to experience each of the activities while playfully competing against the other teams. Classes are paired together for the afternoon events: eleventh and fifth and sixth; tenth and seventh; and ninth and eighth(twelfth grade will be solo this year). The activities will include Name that Tune, Bombardment, Musical Chairs, Captain’s Coming, Sing Down, and finally a rousing game of Knockout which usually ends with all students on the gym floor cheering on the final basketball shooters. Winter Carnival is a fun way to unite the school community and break out of the winter doldrums prior to March break!


marshamallow-drop-16-3Leading up to the festivities of Winter Carnival, we will have special dress days and lunchtime activities Monday, February 27 – Thursday, March 2. Lunch activities will include a food activity like find the gum in a plate of cool whip, are you smarter than a Lower Schooler, an as yet unnamed “event with donuts,” and on Thursday, a lip sync contest among classes.

If a student chooses not to take part in the special dress, s/he must be in regular NYA dress code. Below are the special dress days for the week:

  • Monday:         Pajama Day
  • Tuesday:         Mainer Day
  • Wednesday:   America Day (wear red, white, & blue)
  • Thursday:      Decade Day( 12th = 50s; 11th = 80’s; 10th = 90’s; 9th = 70s.
  • Friday:            Team Colors by Grade:
    • Grade 12 = Black and Orange
    • Grade 11 = red
    • Grade 10 = blue
    • Grade 9 = white


On Monday, March 27 the ninth grade will take the Downeaster to Boston for a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum visit will focus in particular on two exhibits relating to the freshman History curriculum: the MFA’s classical Greek and Roman art collection and the Lodz ghetto photos of Henryk Ross. Students will also be navigating the Boston Metro System – with supervision!


NYA is bringing Garbage to Garden on campus this spring to increase our environmental sustainability. Garbage to Garden provides curbside composting and is “so easy, you won’t even get your hands dirty.” The NYA Executive Council is spearheading the initiative and is planning a Dress Down Day and a speaker from Garbage to Garden. Due to scheduling challenges, this has been postponed to a yet to be determined date in March.


Have you ever been asked “What is NYA like?” Well, here’s the chance to show your friend just what it’s like to be an NYA student! Friday, February 24, is “Bring a Friend to School Day.” This is an opportunity for our current NYA students in grades four through twelve to invite friends from their sports teams, neighborhoods, summer camps, afterschool programs, etc. to spend the day with them at NYA while many area schools will be on February break.  Click here for more information and to register a friend!

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Parents are invited to a discussion group on Julie Lythcott-Haims’ book How to Raise an Adult on Tuesday, February 28 from 9:00 to10:15 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room, facilitated by Kate Danielson, LCPC, NYA School Counselor, and Dina Potter, M.D., Parent Consultant. The discussion will include strategies to support our students while fostering independence, raising self-esteem, and developing resilience. Appropriate for parents of all NYA students. Visit the How to Raise an Adult website for more information. Contact Kate Danielson with any questions and to RSVP.


NYA_3x3_summer2016_stickyRegistration for Experience Summer at NYA is now open. NYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 16. Camps include a variety of sports (tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer), art, theater, dance, circus and more. New offerings this year include Wizard Magic Camp, Mad Science, Girls on the Run, Counselor In Training program (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate), and two levels of dance with Brio. Additional information on camps and registration can be found on our website.


NYA is running its fourth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. Read a book in a fun, creative, or exotic place and take a picture, or have your parents take a picture, and then email it to Mrs. O’Connor in the library, joconnor@nya.org.  All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 22 to be considered. The pictures will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff and a winner for each Division (Lower, Middle, Upper, and Faculty/Staff pending enough entries) will be announced on Friday, March 24 at Friday Forum, and via Facebook and email newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!!


NEW DATE DUE TO SNOW CANCELLATION:  Monday, February 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. is College Planning Night for juniors and their parents. This program will feature guest speaker Gail Berson, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions at Mount Holyoke College, who will discuss what students and parents can expect from the college search and application process as it unfolds. Attendance is required for juniors, and we hope all parents will be able to attend. We will meet in the Middle School Community Room.


Pick up green “Clynk” bags in Upper, Middle, and Lower School offices. Return full bags to any Hannaford store (remember to scan the bar code on the bag) and help our seniors have a fantastic Project Graduation!


As a reminder, Alex Kloza (Ice Arena Manager) and Caroline Anson (Alumni Relations) have arranged for a series of open skates for alumni and families. Families are also invited to bring friends and neighbors.  Open skate is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Caroline Anson. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE ON THE ICE. No sticks, please.


The NYA Parents’ Association is pleased to invite all NYA parents to some casual evening events. We hope that you can join us any time from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:

  • Woodhull, Yarmouth, 2/23
  • The Owl and Elm, Yarmouth, 3/30
  • Dockside, Falmouth, 4/13


2/24/2017 Senior Speeches: Jeremy Thelven, Sarah Austin and Xander Bartone. Final Speeches of the year.  10:15 AM Gym
2/24/2017 Studio Band’s Last Waltz 6:30 PM Safford
2/25/2017 Open Skate for Alumni and Families 5:30 – 6:30 PM Travis Roy Arena
2/28/201 7 Student Recital: Jazz Combo and Bluegrass 6:30 Higgins
 2/27-3/3/2017  SPIRIT WEEK AT NYA sponsored by the Upper School Executive Council.  See description above
3/4 – 3/19 March Break – NO SCHOOL
3/21/2017 Upper School Athletic Recognition: Winter Season 6:00 PM Gym