Upper School Newsletter for May 12, 2019

For the next two weeks, school is not winding down, as some might suggest. Rather, it is winding up, for both students and faculty. Final projects will be due this coming week in some classes, spring athletic competitions are in full swing, and final exams will be taking place over the three-day period of May 28, 29, and 30. The end of another academic year is fast approaching. Seniors have already completed their classes and are working through their 40-hour service projects to fulfill their final graduation requirement.

The members of our senior class should be very proud of their accomplishments. They have worked hard for many years, and we are confident that they are prepared for their next steps as they look ahead to a bright future. Please join with us to celebrate the accomplishments and success of this great group of young people. Commencement will be held on Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. on the front lawn of Curtis, unless it is raining. The rain venue will be the First Parish Church.

It won’t be long before we are all looking back on the ’18-’19 school year, wondering how it could possibly have flown by so fast. But until then, let’s enjoy the excitement that the final month of every school year brings.

Eric Austin
Head of Upper School


At our most recent Friday Forum, several Upper School students were recognized for their achievement in music and language

NYA participates in the District II Music Festivals, which encompass the area of Maine from Portland to Yarmouth, and inland through Bethel/Fryeburg and Turner. These festivals put together an honors band, chorus, and orchestra at the elementary, middle, and high school levels comprised of top music students from the area schools. Students in grades 9-12 were eligible to audition for the All-State Music Festival, which consists of a band, orchestra, mixed chorus, and treble chorus. Students are selected based on competitive audition of students throughout Maine.  Students selected for All-State become eligible to audition for the All-National Festival the following year. Students submit an audition video and are selected from a nationwide pool of young musicians to fill the All-National ensembles.

District II High School Treble Choir: Malia Morin, Afton Morton, Madeleine Vaillancourt

District II High School Mixed Choir: Jackie Ellsworth, Pierce Manchester, Matt McGrath

District II High School Orchestra: Emma Collins, Matt McGrath, Madeleine Vaillancourt

All-State Treble Choir: Jackie Ellsworth, Afton Morton

All-State Mixed Choir: Pierce Manchester, Malia Morin

All-State Orchestra: Matt McGrath, Madeleine Vaillancourt

All-National Orchestra: Ashley Ren

Students in French, Latin, and Spanish classes took the National Language Exams this spring. The exams are taken by students across the country and internationally and are intended to recognize student achievement and promote language proficiency. Congratulations to the following students who attained recognition for excellent achievement on the 2019 National Language Exams:

French 2: Lexi Haedrich (Honorable Mention), Lila Jackson (Honorable Mention), Bryce Poulin (Honorable Mention), Emma Sharp (Honorable Mention), Abby King (Bronze)

French 3: Annie Sillin (Honorable Mention), Samson Shen (Bronze)

French 4 Division C: Madeleine Vaillancourt (Bronze)

French 5 Division A: Carson Fassett (Honorable Mention), Hannah Gagne (Honorable Mention)

French 5 Division C: Julian Etauri (Honorable Mention), Clément Delisle-Blais (Gold), Félix-Antoine Lespérance (Gold), Aidan Yilmaz (Gold)

National Latin Exam, Latin I: Charlotte Spies (Cum laude), Lauren Powers (Maxima cum laude, silver), Mason Parks (Maxima cum laude, silver), Abigail Morrison-Ouellette (Summa cum laude, gold), Cam Goodrich (Summa cum laude, gold), Catherine Reid (Summa cum laude, gold), Serena Mower (Summa cum laude, gold, & Perfect Paper Certificate)

National Latin Exam, Latin II: Reese Merritt (Cum laude), Aidan Lacombe (Cum laude), Owen Frank (Maxima cum laude, silver), Ashley Ren (Maxima cum laude, silver), Oliver Commons (Maxima cum laude, silver), Alasdair Swett (Maxima cum laude, silver), Jack Schaeffer (Maxima cum laude, silver), Kit Cassat (Maxima cum laude, silver)

National Latin Exam, Latin III: Maddie MacMahon (Magna cum laude)

National Latin Exam, Latin V: Andrew Schaeffer (Summa cum laude, gold)

National Spanish Exam – Level 1: Samantha Babbitt (honor), Elias Eisenberg (honor), Jasmine Huntsman (honor), Rylie McIntyre (honor), Maddie Lindquist (honor), Lila Ojakaar (honor), Courtney Swenson (honor), Marion Robbins (Plata)

National Spanish Exam – Level 2: Livi Harvey (honor), Oliver Hemphill (honor), Bella Moulton (honor), Darby Mutagoma (honor), Elliott Oney (honor), Chas Rohde (honor), Mason Bull (honor)

National Spanish Exam – Level 3: Camille Beaudoin (honor), Wylie Jacobs (honor), Katie Larson (honor), Matt McGrath (honor)

National Spanish Exam – Level 4: Sydney Billings (honor), Maya Davis (Bronce), Ellie Hilscher (Bronce), Eliza Tod (Bronce)

National Spanish Exam – Level 5: Xander Kostelnik (Honor), Afton Morton (Oro)

Congratulations to all our students for their great efforts and accomplishments!


NYA Soiree 2019 Decor

NYA Soiree – Hemphill Photo

In case you missed it, photos are up of the NYA Soiree. Thank you to Erika Hemphill (’22 & ’25) of Hemphill Photo and Brian Beard of Creative Images Photography for capturing the fun at this event for us. View the event photos HERE.


May 15 is the deadline for several forms required for the 2019-2020 school year, including health forms and off-campus travel and athletic participation release forms. All forms and instructions can be found at Family Forms on our website. You can also reach this page from the drop-down menu under the ‘Parents’ tab on NYA’s homepage. Thank you for completing these forms by the due dates. It is a tremendous help to our faculty and staff!


On Friday, May 17, all three of Mr. Gagne’s ninth grade history classes will hear from guest speaker Dr. Abraham Peck, Research Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine and a lecturer at Bates College. Dr. Peck will speak as part of their study of the European Holocaust and other genocidal conflicts throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Born in a Displaced Persons’ camp in Landsberg, Germany, shortly after World War II ended, his parents were both Holocaust survivors who lived in the ghetto of Lodz, Poland, before being sent to the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Stutthof, Buchenwald, and Theresienstadt. This family history led him to a life in academia studying the Holocaust, comparative genocide, German and European history, the history of anti-Semitism, and various topics in religion and interfaith relations. He will bring this expertise to the ninth graders who have been learning both the political history and the personal stories that led to the Nazi atrocities. Dr. Peck was the founding director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies program at the University of Maine, Augusta, and has researched and taught at universities in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and England. He has served extensively in the areas of academia, museums, Jewish organizations, and interfaith religious organizations, and has written numerous books and scholarly articles. The visit of this prominent scholar comes at the suggestion of his nephew, Harry Marcus ’22. NYA looks forward to welcoming Dr. Peck.


Jay Robbins, independent researcher and historian and NYA archivist, will take part in the Spring Lecture Series at Yarmouth History Center at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 21. In a talk entitled A Hodge Podge of Hometown History, Robbins will reflect on the pleasures of researching Yarmouth’s remarkable history and will touch on topics ranging from the Civil War to North Yarmouth Academy to local maritime history and more. This lecture is free for members of Yarmouth Historical Society and $5 for all others.


Students will clear out their lockers on Friday, May 24 and should bring all belongings home. Please bring in extra bags to carry items home! Please also remind your child to do a final check of the Lost and Found to retrieve any missing items. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity after June 1.


On Friday morning, May 24, at 7:50 a.m., we will hold a brief Memorial Day flagpole ceremony. Through a reading of the roll and the laying of flowers, we will pay homage to the nearly thirty NYA alumni who died in service to their country since NYA’s founding. This is a short and simple ceremony to remind us all that Memorial Day is more than the unofficial beginning of the summer season.


We are collecting any unneeded textbooks to use as classroom spares or to pass on to students in need. We will have boxes set up below the sign-in desk in the main office, and students may drop off books after exams on Tuesday through Friday. We appreciate your generosity! You also have the option of selling your used textbooks back to MBS, our textbook service. If you want to pursue this option, just follow up with the Online Buyback.


The NYA Parents’ Association will be selling logo gear on the last day of school, Friday, May 31. A table will be set up in the Middle School Community Room from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Several items will be on clearance to make room for new fall merchandise. Plan ahead to stock your closets! Checks and cash only.


In anticipation of exams, there will be a slightly modified schedule on Friday, May 24. Classes will end just before lunch at 1:00 p.m. Following lunch, teachers will be available until the end of the day for extra help. We encourage students to take advantage of this time for any remaining questions and assistance ahead of the long weekend.

Final exams take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; May 28, 29, and 30. Students only have to be on campus when they have an exam. The school is open for normal school hours, and students are certainly welcome to be here even when they don’t have an exam. The final exam schedule will be posted around school and is also listed here:

Tuesday, May 28 8:30-10:30 Mathematics
Tuesday, May 28 11:30-1:30 Science
Wednesday, May 29 11:30-1:30 English
Thursday, May 30 11:30-1:30 Languages


On the evening of Thursday, May 30, our annual Senior Dinner will be held in the gymnasium beginning at 6:30 p.m. This catered dinner is a formal occasion for all seniors and their parents, serving as a celebration of the end of the seniors’ career at NYA in advance of Commencement. We look forward to seeing all seniors and their parents for this enjoyable evening!


Several events will take place at NYA on Friday, May 31, our final day of the school year. Students should arrive at 8:00 a.m. in Dress Up Day attire (no shorts!) and sign in as usual. (They should be sure to pack casual clothes for later in the morning.) Students will line up by class and will then proceed to the First Parish Church for the Awards Day ceremony. This ceremony typically lasts a little over an hour and includes academic awards for grades five through twelve and various community awards. Following the awards ceremony, students will have snack in Safford as part of the arts reception. They will then change into casual clothing and enjoy the festivities on campus, including picking up their yearbooks, taking part in various games and activities, and having a cookout lunch.  Students will be ready for pick-up at 1:00 p.m.



Spring Athletic Recognition will be on Monday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. This event needs to occur after school is out because multiple competitions do not conclude until after Commencement. Please join us to celebrate all of NYA’s student-athletes for their final recognition of the school year.


All students should check their summer reading assignments for English class. The book lists will be posted on the NYA website after May 31. In addition, students continuing on in language and students in certain AP courses will have summer assignments, all of which will also be available on the website.


The Yarmouth Clam Festival is July 19-21, and the NYA Parents’ Association will once again be selling ice cream, natural soda, cold brew, and pretzels on the NYA campus. Look for the SignUpGenius email in early June to sign up for a shift or two in the booth. It’s a fabulous fundraiser for the school –and a lot of fun!


Student schedules, textbook order information, and advisor assignments will be determined and compiled at the close of this academic year. Be on the lookout for these important items this summer to prepare for next fall.


With summer soon to be upon us, it won’t be long before we start looking ahead to the fall athletic season. The Preseason Fall 2019 Upper School Athletic Newsletter contains the activity offerings, season start dates, and equipment/supplies that your Upper School student-athlete will need for the first day of practice, as well as how to access required forms. Contact Jack Hardy with any questions.


5/6-5/17 AP Exams
5/13-5/24 Senior Service Projects
5/15 Returning Family Forms Due
5/16-5/18 All-State Music Festival
5/18 NYA Prom, Camp Ketcha in Scarborough  7:00-10:00 p.m.
5/24 Last Day of Classes for Grades 5-11; Special Schedule
5/24 Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony, Curtis Lawn 7:50 a.m.
5/27 Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
5/28-5/30 Exams for Grades 6-11
5/30 Senior Service Projects Debrief & Graduation Practice  12:30 p.m.
5/30 Senior Dinner, NYA Gym 6:30 p.m.
5/31 Last Day of School; Awards & Fun Day 8:00 – 1:00 p.m.
6/2 Commencement, Curtis Lawn 2:00 p.m.
6/10 Upper School Athletic Recognition Evening 6:00 p.m.



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