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Upper School Newsletter for May 9, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

For the next four weeks, school is not winding down, as some might suggest. Rather, it is winding up, for both students and for faculty. Final projects and papers are taking shape in some classes, spring athletic competitions are in full swing, and final exams will be taking place over the three-day period of June 1, 2, and 3, following the Memorial Day weekend. Seniors have officially completed their classes and are now working through their chosen AP exams as well as final details in preparation for their graduation.

The members of our senior class should be extremely proud of their accomplishments. They have worked hard for many years – most particularly this past year – and we are confident they are prepared for their next step as they look ahead to a bright future. We all celebrate and honor the individual and collective successes of this great group of young people. Commencement will be held on Sunday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. on Denney Field, and each graduate will be able to invite up to six guests to be in attendance.

It won’t be long before we are all looking back on the ’20 -’21 school year, wondering how it could possibly have flown by so fast, while remaining in awe of what we’ve all experienced along the way. But until then, let’s enjoy the excitement that the final month of every school year brings.

Eric Austin
Head of Upper School


With the help of advisors and current teachers, all of our students have now completed the course registration process for next year. This annual process enables us to prioritize their class selections in designing the rubric for student schedules which will be created early this summer.


We are currently amidst the administration of the 2021 Advanced Placement exams, which began last week and will continue through to Tuesday, May 25.  Students have worked hard to prepare and review ahead of their specific test dates, which are listed on the school calendars. It is exciting that we are administering these tests in no less than 16 different subjects, which is certainly a testament to the excellent efforts of the students. For any specific questions, feel free to contact our AP Coordinator, Lisa Robbins. Good luck to all who are testing this year!


We are excited to announce a new addition to our Summer Programs: Academic Bridge Workshops designed and taught by our own NYA faculty. The workshops are for any student in our surrounding communities to review and hone concepts that they learned in the past year and get a jump on subjects that they may be taking in the coming year. Each session will focus on a particular subject matter and will offer one-on-one attention for students in a small group format. Workshops are offered in Trigonometry and Review for Calculus, College Essay Writing, Environmental Science, Biology and Conversational French. Workshops run Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and are subject to a minimum enrollment to run.


Students in French, Latin, and Spanish classes took 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 2021 National Language Exams:

Grand Concours French 1: Emma Dow (Honorable Mention)

Grand Concours French 2: Graca Bila (Honorable Mention), Haley Hegarty (Honorable Mention), Ethan Smith (Honorable Mention), Michala Wallace (Honorable Mention), Bryce Curtis (Bronze), Eben Weislogel (Bronze)

Grand Concours French 3: Jack Byrne (Honorable Mention), Lyla Casey (Honorable Mention), Lauryn Casey (Silver), Rogers Crowley (Silver)

Grand Concours French 4: Eliza Chace (Honorable Mention), Emma Sharp (Honorable Mention)

Grand Concours French 5 Division A: Abigail King (Honorable Mention), Annie Sillin (Honorable Mention), Benjamin Goyer (Bronze), Emily Greene (Gold)

National Latin Exam, Latin 1: Jaxon Bradbury (Magna Cum Laude), Jeremy Dumont (Magna Cum Laude), Everett Johnson (Maxima Cum Laude, Silver), Matt Powers (Maxima Cum Laude, Silver), Cecilia Albin (Summa Cum Laude, gold), Maddy Prokopius (Summa Cum Laude, gold), Erin Reid (Summa Cum Laude, gold)

National Latin Exam, Latin 2: Hayden Wienckowski (Cum Laude), Maddie Miers (Magna Cum Laude), Caleb Waterman (Magna Cum Laude), Lila Coleman (Maxima Cum Laude, silver), Caleb King (Summa Cum Laude, gold), Fynn MacCarthy (Summa Cum Laude, gold)

National Latin Exam, Latin 3: Lauren Powers (Magna Cum Laude), Emily Greene (Maxima Cum Laude, silver), Sally Stronge (Maxima Cum Laude, silver)

National Latin Exam, Latin AP: Kit Cassat (Magna Cum Laude), Owen Frank (Maxima Cum Laude, silver), Jack Schaeffer (Summa Cum Laude, gold)

National Spanish Exam, Level 2: Emma Gagnon (Honorable Mention), Gabi Muehle (Honorable Mention), Molly Nelson (Honorable Mention), Liam Street (Honorable Mention), Erin Reid (Silver)

National Spanish Exam, Level 3: Elias Eisenberg (Honorable Mention)

National Spanish Exam, Level 5: Laini Frager (Honorable Mention), Rogers Crowley (Silver)

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


Four seniors have successfully earned Diplomas with Distinction this year and have fulfilled their capstone projects, which are the culmination of a year or more of investigation, research, and reflection. NYA’s variety of Diplomas with Distinction allows students to pursue a specialized interest and to develop unique skills beyond our regular academic program, all under the direction and mentorship of each diploma’s advisor. Congratulations to the following seniors on all of their work:

Camille Beaudoin is receiving NYA’s Diploma with Distinction in Outdoor Leadership (overseen by Ian Ramsey, our Director of the Kauffmann Program). Camille has been involved with NYA’s Outing Club throughout her time in the Upper School and is a dedicated hiker and backpacker. As part of her work toward the Distinction, Camille completed EMT training, and used the Expedition Seminar to plan a multi-day backpacking trip that she will complete in the coming weeks.

Jackie Ellsworth is receiving NYA’s Distinction in Music, Entrepreneurship and Community (also overseen by Ian Ramsey). In addition to preparing and performing four outstanding recitals, Jackie, who is an All State singer, interned with local nonprofit Classical Rising. As part of the Music Seminar class, Jackie studied musical entrepreneurship and created a professional website to market herself.

Camille Beaudoin and Natalie Farrell are receiving NYA’s Diploma with Distinction in STEM (overseen by Terry Bartick, our STEM Coordinator). They worked together to build a magnetometer, which is a device that can measure small changes in the earth’s magnetic field. This is part of a larger research and data collection project with the University of New Hampshire and their Space Weather Underground program. Camille and Natalie built the circuit board that functions as the brains of the device, and eventually it will be installed nearby as part of a larger network of sensors. The data collected will help scientists model ionospheric current systems in New England, which can impact radio communication, radar, radio navigation, and other activities.

Alaina Rauf is receiving NYA’s Diploma with Distinction in Social Advocacy (overseen by Morgan Lake Adams, our Social Advocacy distinction advisor). Alaina held numerous on-campus roles, including serving in student government, as a CivilTea moderator (where she co-moderated this year’s first panel) and serving as a Key Club officer. In addition, Alaina conceptualized, organized, and completed a successful service project collecting thousands of books to send to limited-resource schools in Pakistan. Her final research project traced the continuing influence of colonial legacy on education inequality in India and Pakistan. Alaina’s work built on her personal experiences, observations, and passion, while also providing a broader systemic context for the current educational realities.


After a great deal of diligent work by the Kiva Club, NYA’s team (led by club advisor Peter Sillin) has climbed into the Top Ten in total lending among school teams in the WORLD! Our team has lent over $170,000 since the beginning of our club in 2008. If measured by the number of loans made, we are ranked sixth in the world for school teams.

Check us out on the front page of the School Teams standings

Would you like to join us in our success? Anyone can make a KIVA account and control their own loans, while crediting their loans to our team total. Use this link to join NYA’s team


A reminder to all returning families that May 15 is the deadline for several forms required for the 2021-2022 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 at the top of NYA’s homepage. Thank you for completing these forms by the due dates. It is a tremendous help to our faculty and staff!


Enjoy this update on Mental Health Awareness Month from Cindy Hould, NYA School Counselor.


Parents, please join the NYA community the evening of Friday, June 4 for the annual spring Soirée under the tent on Denney Field or virtually from your home. There is still time to register online.

The Soirée includes an auction, a variety of fantastic class baskets to bid on, a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, live music, and more. You won’t want to miss this fun night of camaraderie to benefit NYA! The funds raised will support the amazing NYA faculty who have gone above and beyond this year. When you raise a paddle, you will provide increased professional development opportunities for faculty and new resources to help them stimulate intellectual inquiry in their classrooms and beyond. Contact Crystal Gordon or call 207-847-5401 with questions or suggestions.

Lacrosse Practice 2021ATHLETIC UPDATE

As we head into the middle of May, we approach the mid-way mark in our spring seasons. Our Panthers continue to make us proud with impressive outings against familiar and new athletic foes.

It has been wonderful to open our sidelines to NYA family spectators. As of last Friday, we have officially opened home athletic events to all NYA faculty, staff and students, too! The time is right to provide this expansion in our Return to Campus plan, and we are eager to hear their cheering voices and feel their collective energy during competitions. We continue to examine the possibility of welcoming away spectators before the conclusion of the spring season. A full rundown of our current mask and spectator policy can be reviewed here.

In anticipation of the conclusion of the Spring Season, please Save-The-Date for our Upper School Athletic Recognition Ceremony, currently set for Monday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m. The location and format of this ceremony is under discussion, and we hope to find a safe way to honor all of our Class of 2021 student-athlete accomplishments in person. We will communicate details as soon as they are finalized and look forward to celebrating!

And while it may seem a long way away, we are also preparing for the fall 2021 season. Returning students should connect with Ms. Ross to ensure they are signed-up for a fall activity. Fall coaches will reach out via email shortly with information about team meetings taking place prior to the end of this school year. When preseason start dates and schedules are confirmed, we will communicate that information directly to students and families. We will also send reminders about necessary paperwork and forms to prepare us for a smooth start to the fall 2021 seasons in mid-August. Thanks -Kelsy Ross


On Thursday, May 27, 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 will clear out their lockers on Friday, May 28 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 3.


In addition to the events listed below, there are several important dates to note at the end of May. Friday, May 28 is our last day of classes for grades nine through eleven. There is no school on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day. Exams will take place on June 1, 2, and 3.  Morning snack break will be available, but lunch will not be served. Thursday, June 3 is our last day of school.  After the last exam in the morning, we will enjoy a special break treat, watch the Awards Ceremony, and pick up yearbooks. School on the last day will end at 12:00 p.m. Mark your calendars now!


In anticipation of exams, there will be review time built into classes during the final week of May. Teachers will also continue to be available for extra help after school that week. 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; June 1, 2, and 3. Students only have to be on campus on days when they have an exam. The school will be open for normal school hours these days, 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, June 18:30-10:30Mathematics
Tuesday, June 111:30-1:30English
Wednesday, June 28:30-10:30Science
Thursday, June 38:00-10:00Languages


On the evening of Thursday, June 3, our annual Senior Dinner will be held under the Denney Field Event Tent beginning at 6:30 p.m. This catered dinner is an 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!


The NYA Parents’ Association is looking for volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. If you would like to get involved, meet fellow parents, and have some fun, the Parents’ Association is the place for you! We are currently busy building the PA Volunteer Board, including the slate of officers. There is a job for you no matter how much time you can commit. Take a look at the list of available positions below. If you are interested or have questions regarding the positions (including time commitment), please contact Tori Baron (207-766-1764) or Patrick Cannon (207-239-7888). We can’t wait to hear from you!

Available positions: Secretary; MS Coordinator; LS Coordinator; Social Media Coordinator; Special Events; Volunteer Coordinator; Pre-K/K rep; fifth grade rep; seventh grade rep; and eleventh grade rep.


NYA is always recruiting new families for its Homestay Program. If you are interested in hosting a student or learning more about the program, please contact Here is a link to additional information about the program.


During the summer, administrative office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. In addition to admission activity, we will be preparing for the upcoming school year. We will continue to send information and updates via email throughout the summer.


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 and students in certain AP courses will have summer assignments, all of which will also be available on the website. Most Upper School math courses will also have summer assignments that will be posted on our website after June 1. For any questions about discipline-specific information, please contact the Department Chair directly:

English: Ross Markonish

History: Peter Sillin

Languages: Eliot Grady

Mathematics: Jennifer Michaelis

Sciences: Liz Smith

Visual & Performing Arts: Linda Vaillancourt



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




5/12Dress Down Day, Special Olympics$3
5/14CivilTea Dialogues in Student Groups10:15 a.m.
5/15All Returning Family Forms Due
5/28Last Day of Classes, Special Schedule, Dress Down Day, TBD$3
5/31Memorial DayNO SCHOOL
6/1 – 6/3Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Special Schedule
6/2Senior Class Lunch, Commencement Rehearsal, Senior Class Photo12:00-1:30 p.m.
6/3Last Day of School; Virtual Awards Ceremony (10:30 a.m.)8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
6/3Senior Dinner, Denney Field6:30 p.m.
6/4NYA Soiree, Denney Field or Virtual6:00 p.m.
6/6Commencement, Denney Field11:00 a.m.


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