Upper School Newsletter for May 13, 2018

For the next two weeks, school is not winding down, as some 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 29, 30, and 31. 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 3 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 ’17-’18 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


  • The Dress Down Day to support the March of Dimes, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, has been rescheduled for Friday, May 18. The Echeverria family is raising funds for the March of Dimes in honor of their sons, Thomas and Raphael, who were born too early at 22 weeks on November 26, 2010. Premature birth affects approximately 380,000 babies in the United States each year. Together we can help the March of Dimes fight premature birth so more babies can go home with their parents.
  • On Friday, May 18, NYA will welcome Anna Korsen, Program Director of Full Plates, Full Potential. Anna will give a short presentation at Friday Forum about Full Plates, Full Potential, a program to feed hungry kids in Maine. NYA will hold a Dress Down Day on Thursday, May 24 to raise funds in support of this worthy cause.


Students in NYA’s steel drum band, Steel Industry, traveled to Sugarloaf on Sunday May 6 to participate in the annual New England Steelband Festival. They had a great day and impressed everyone with their awesome playing! You can check out video of their performance here.  Many thanks to David Clock and Craig Collins for their help with transportation!


Friday morning, May 25, 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.


Students should clear out their lockers on Friday, May 25 and bring all belongings home. Please bring in extra bags to carry items home! Please remember 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.


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 in the Main Office, and students may drop off books after exams on Tuesday through Friday. We appreciate your generosity!


In anticipation of exams, there is a slightly modified schedule on Friday, May 25. 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 29, 30, and 31. 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 is posted around school and is listed here:

Tuesday, May 29 8:30-10:30 Mathematics
Tuesday, May 29 11:30-1:30 Science
Wednesday, May 30 11:30-1:30 English
Thursday, May 31 11:30-1:30 Languages


On the evening of Thursday, May 31, our annual Senior Dinner will be held in the gymnasium beginning at 6:30 p.m. This catered dinner is a formal occasion for seniors and their parents, serving as a celebration of the end of the seniors’ career at NYA in advance of Commencement.


Several events will take place at NYA on Friday, June 1, our final day of the school year. Students should arrive at 8:00 a.m. in Dress Up clothes (no shorts!) and sign in as usual. (They should be sure to pack casual clothes for later in the day.) 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 prepare for an enjoyable range of activities on campus, including picking up their yearbooks and having a cookout lunch. Students will be ready for pick-up at 1:00 p.m.


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



Spring Athletic Recognition will be on Monday, June 11 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 June 1. In addition, students continuing on in language, students in certain AP courses, and students taking ninth and tenth grade physics will have a summer assignment. These assignments will also be available on the website.


Student schedules and textbook order information will be sent out in July. Be on the lookout for these important items to prepare for next fall.


NYA’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, which allows students to utilize the technology of their preference, will be expanded to include grades 7-12 for the 2018-2019 school year. Any device with a keyboard, an up-to-date web browser, and a decent battery life will work effectively. The pilot program in grades 8 and 10 has been very successful this year, and we look forward to implementing it across the grades.


With summer soon upon us, it won’t be long before we start looking ahead to the fall athletic season. The Preseason Fall 2018 Upper School Athletic Newsletter contains the activity offerings and expectations, 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.


June 15 is the deadline for several forms required for the 2017-2018 school year, including health forms and off-campus travel and athletic participation release forms. All forms and instructions can be found at Returning 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!


Thanks again to all who participated in the success of NYA’s 34th annual spring fundraiser, the Soirée. If you have any feedback regarding this year’s event or creative ideas for next year’s gathering, please be in touch with Crystal Gordon. Please enjoy these great photos from the event (taken by Brian Beard, Creative Images Photography).


NYA’s annual Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament typically takes place the second week of June, bringing together past and present friends of NYA. The tournament is in honor of long time, beloved NYA coach and teacher, Steve “Mo” Morris. Steve was at NYA for 30 years until he died of cancer in 2001. Each year, dozens of alums join with our families to recognize Steve. In his honor, a scholarship was established, and it is awarded to a girl and boy in grades 9-12. This year, the tournament will be held in conjunction with a revamped homecoming and reunion weekend, on September 29, 2018 at Falmouth Country Club with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars.



5/7-5/18 AP Exams
5/17-5/19 All-State Music Festival
5/18 Dress Down Day for March of Dimes $3
5/24 Dress Down Day for Full Plates, Full Potential $3
5/25 Last Day of Classes for Grades 5-11
5/25 Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony, Curtis Lawn 7:50 a.m.
5/28 Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
5/29-5/31 Exams for Grades 6-11 (see list above for full schedule)
5/31 Senior Service Debrief & Graduation Practice 12:30 p.m.
5/31 Senior Dinner, NYA Gym 6:30 p.m.
6/1 Last Day of School; Awards & Fun Day 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
6/1 NYA Gear Sale, MSCR 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
6/1 Summer Assignments Posted
6/3 Commencement, Curtis Lawn  2:00 p.m.
6/11 Upper School Athletic Recognition Evening  6:00 p.m.
6/15 Returning Family Forms Due


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