Upper School Newsletter for February 5, 2017

February brings with it the end of the winter athletic season. There is much to celebrate for both teams and for individuals. As you know, the final home contest  of the season for each team concludes with a “senior night.” It is when seniors are celebrated and their parents are recognized as well. I encourage as many of you who can make it to come to these final contests to support and celebrate the seniors as well as the entire team. Each of the senior nights are listed below. Thank you in advance for your support of NYA activities and specifically for your support of these fine student-athletes/thespians/musicians.

Tuesday, February 7:               Girls and Boys Basketball, 5:30 and 7:00

Friday, February 10:                Boys Hockey, 4:50

The WMC Track Championships at 4:00 at USM

Wednesday, February 15:        Girls Hockey at 4:50

February 17, 18 and 19:            Seussical the Musical

Friday, February 24:                 Studio Band – The Last Waltz at 6:30

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


“Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.” This year there are four winners from NYA! Congratulations to all.scholastic

Gold Key
Afton Morton, 14, Personal Essay/Memoir, Concert Thoughts, Teacher – Heidi Grant

Silver Key
Kiersten Marr, 17, Personal Essay/Memoir, Black and White, Teacher – Heidi Grant

Honorable Mention
Ellie Hilscher, 14, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Children in Charge, Teacher – Heidi Grant
Afton Morton, 14, Flash Fiction, Living Beyond Time, Teacher – Heidi Grant


We invite you to please join us for our next 2017 Soirée brainstorming and planning meeting in the MS Community Room on Wednesday, February 8,  8:15- 9:15 am. We will definitely have coffee on hand! RSVPs are welcome, but not required. Bring a friend! If you are unable to attend, please feel free to email your ideas, thoughts, and inspirations to rthomas@nya.org. If you are interested in learning more about how you or your business might sponsor the Soirée, we welcome your queries!

Here are just a few details about this year’s Soirée:

  • Goal: A fun, adult off campus party to celebrate our school together, and to raise important financial support that impacts all programs across our school
  • Date: Friday, May 5, 2017, 5-10 pm
  • Location: Brick South, Thompson’s Point, Portland, ME
  • The mood: Casual or dressy, farm table style seating by Lani Toscano Design, beautiful flowers by Emily Carter Floral Designs, delicious buffet supper and cocktail reception by 111 Maine, cash bar, live music and dancing provided by Loose Threads, lighting presented by The Event Light Pros, photos captured by Hemphill Photo,
  • Lots of fun: 10 live auction items; a couple fun party games, and ONE truly important mission auction item! No silent auction items

Best and with gratitude,

Josie Griffin and Jen Edwards, co-chairs



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 on Tuesday, February 14 for the kick-off.


NYA alum Eli Gilbert ’10 is coming to campus on Tuesday, February 14 to hold a workshop with the NYA bluegrass ensemble. On the following day, February 15, Eli will join other 317 Community Music Center instructors to give a special performance for the Upper and Middle School students. NYA’s Bluegrass ensemble will join them for a few songs as well. There will be a special schedule during the day to accommodate the assembly at 1:30 p.m. in the gym. We look forward to hearing from these talented musicians!


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!


NYA is running its 4th-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.


The curtain will rise on the magical land of Who in NYA’s production of Seussical. This magical musical tells the story of Horton the Elephant who saves the Who’s from certain destruction. It is a great show for all members of the family.

Friday, February 17:  Curtain at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 18:  Curtain at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 19:  Curtain at 2:00 p.m.lastwaltzgraphic

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.


Winter Drama presents Seussical, a family-friendly musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss.  The performances are Friday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door.  Seating is limited to 140 per show. Please contact Heidi Lathrop for ticket reservations (847-5432). It is sure to be a very entertaining show!


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


 2/10/2017  Senior Speeches: Hunter Mahoney, Davis Newell, Michael Adams  10:15 Gym
2/17/2017 Senior Speeches: Wallace Jackson, Amber Liu, Chris Paradis 10:15 Gym
2/17-19/2017 Seussical the Musical See times above
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 Travis Roy Arena
 2/27-3/3/2017  SPIRIT WEEK AT NYA sponsored by the Upper School Executive Council.