Upper School Newsletter for October 30, 2016

It is almost the end of our Fall Athletic Season. By all measures, it has been a successful one. The volleyball team had its best season in the history of the sport at NYA. As the third seed in the tournament, they hosted their first playoff game in history on October 22, defeating Wells 3 to 1. They then travelled to Machias on Wednesday the 26th to face #2 Washington Academy in a Class B state semifinal match. After a long 3 and 1/2 hour bus ride, the Panthers ran in to a very strong WA team and lost 3 – 0. Congratulations to all on the team for a superb season!

The varsity boys soccer team was also tournament bound. On October 25, they travelled to #4 Hall-Dale High School and upset the higher seed in a very close 1 to 0 game. On Saturday, they travelled to #1 Monmouth Academy for a regional semi-final match. The team lost 2 to 1 but should be very proud of the way they played the game.

The field hockey team also had a strong season, losing to a strong Lisbon team 3 – 1 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. And, this they did without their starting goal keeper who was not able to make the game due to severe illness. Therefore, they had to pull a starting field player to play goal. The team demonstrated a great deal of  NYA perseverance in the face of adversity.

Both the field hockey team and the girls soccer team had new coaches this year, and both had eighth grade students “playing up” to increase their roster sizes. Coach Doyon was very impressed with the improvement of this very young team over the course of the season. Their growth was reflected in the scores later in the season as they defeated teams they had lost to earlier on.

The boys and girls cross country teams ran in the Regional Championships on Saturday, October 29. Soccer players Helen Hamblett and Kara Jensen joined the cross country team after their soccer season ended so the girls team could compete as an eligible team at the Regional Championships – five runners are required. At the Regional Championship Megan Alberding, Sarah Austin, and Helen Hamblett qualified as individual runners in the State Championship. Rick Hilscher and Brennan Flatt qualilfies for the boys. Good luck to the Panthers on Saturday.

The golf team finished the regular season with a winning record. Two players, senior Jake Malcom and junior Brent Rickett, qualified for the individual state championships. Congratulations to all of the Panther players and Panther teams!

I invite you all to celebrate these successful seasons by joining us for the Upper School Athletic Recognition which will be held in the gym on November 9 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Winter season will begin soon. Here is a link to the Preseason Winter Athletic Newsletter for the Upper School.

Mr. Drisko/John Drisko
Assistant Head of School & Head of the Upper School


nya_oh_300x250_fall2016-copy-1Parents and families are NYA’s best advocates. If you know of any families or students who ought to consider NYA for the fall, please let them know of our upcoming Open House. It will take place on Sunday, November 6 from 1:00 to 3:00. And, no one will miss a Patriots’ game, because it’s a bye week! Thanks so much for thinking about this and spreading the word.


By now you have received an email with directions on how to sign up for Parent – Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday, November 3 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday November 4 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There is no school on these two days. Each conference will last ten minutes. This is a chance for parents to talk with individual teachers about the progress of their child in that class. Instructions for the sign-up process were sent in an email earlier this week. Please remember that sign-ups for conferences are on a first come, first served basis.

From Cathy Jakubowitch (Jack Kostelnik’17, Xander Kostelnik’19)pumpkin-pie

A big shout out to any bakers (or baker-want-to-be) in the NYA community! Despite being the eve of Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Here is an opportunity for NYA families to reach out and help others who may be experiencing difficult times…in the form of a pumpkin pie (or 2 or 3)!

Every year the Root Cellar collects pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving meal baskets that will go to families in the Greater Portland area who are in need. This is a tough time for many families and there is an increased need for food this year.

It has been a tradition for the past 11 years for the Cumberland/NorthYarmouth Family Network to contribute pies to the Root Cellar, and as residents of North Yarmouth our family has donated pies yearly. This year I thought I would extend an invitation to all NYA families/students to join in on this simple yet fulfilling activity. For information on how to join this effort, click here.


The NYA Annual Wreath + Poinsettia Sale is officially underway! Please support the NYA Parents’ Association and Project Graduation by ordering your Holiday greenery from NYA.  Order forms are available through the link on the NYA website, in your email from your class representative, and in the LS, MS, and US Offices. Need assistance?  Contact Katie Woods: kw@tidesmart.com  or Martha Barrett: bchwd2@roadrunner.com  Order today!


The NYA Holiday Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. as part of Yarmouth’s Holiday in the Village. There will be numerous crafter tables in the gym and Safford center, delicious lunch items and snacks will be for sale, and holiday singers sponsored by the Drama Department will add to the festivities. Plan to spend Saturday, December 3 doing your holiday shopping at NYA!


On November 16, Jon Turk will give the first annual Kaffmann Lecture.  Jon is an author, scientist, and world-class expeditioner who has been a National Geographic “Explorer of the Year.”  He also has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and wrote the first environmental science textbook to be used in colleges, back in the 1970s. Jon’s expeditions have included kayaking from Japan to Alaska, circumnavigating Ellesmere Island, paddling around Cape Horn, first ascents of big walls on Baffin Island, and first ski descents in Kyrgyzstan. He is the author of four books about his expeditions, in addition to the Environmental Science textbook.

Jon will give a presentation to the Upper School and Middle School during the day, and that evening, he will speak with the public at 7:00 in the Middle School Community Room.

Here’s an example of a Ted Talk by Jon about the evolution of the human brain.

Please join us on the 16th!


The sophomore class officers have planned a class night for November 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on campus. They have lots of fun in store for the group, and it should be a great opportunity for some quality time together. We have worked hard to find a day when the whole class can attend. There don’t seem to be any sports or activity conflicts, and the following day is Veterans’ Day, so there won’t be homework to worry about. If you are able, please sign up to contribute a food item or pizza ingredient using this link.

Please let Andrea Lauerman know if your student will not be able to attend this event. Looking forward to a great evening with the 2019’s!


Tomorrow is our Halloween celebration at NYA! Students may wear their costumes (or portions of their costumes) throughout the school day. However, it is important that costumes still permit students to engage in the learning process (i.e. cumbersome masks or accessories should wait for the parade). All costumes should be school appropriate in nature. If a student should opt not to wear a costume, s/he must be in regular dress code for the day (and we remind students that dressing down as a “public school student” is not a costume).

We will have a slightly abbreviated schedule on Halloween, followed by the Halloween Parade in the gym at 2:00 p.m.  The parade is an all-school event in which students share their costumes with the school and have the chance to win prizes in categories such as “Best Small Group,” “Scariest,” or “Most Original.”  Parents are welcome to come and check out all of the fun.


Every year, our NYA community supports the Preble Street Shelter by collecting donations of food to stock their shelves for the upcoming holidays. Seasonally, and especially with the early cold weather, they are in need of extra supplies to serve the individuals and families who rely on their help. Between Monday, November 7 and Monday, November 14, students are asked to bring donations of the following items to the Middle School: Stuffing Mix; Rice; Pasta; Gravy; Canned Fruit and Vegetables; Coffee; Canned Soup; Canned Beans; and Cooking Oils. In celebration of the spirit of giving, students will enjoy a Dress Down Day on Monday, November 14. Thank you for your generosity!

CALL FOR BOOKSbook-tree-ipod-2

The NYA Library is once again holding its book sale at this year’s Holiday Craft Fair, and we would like your gently used, saleable books.  We will accept books for ANY age, young children through adults. You can drop off your books in the NYA Library or at the reception desks in the Lower and Middle Schools. Please contact Librarian Jill O’Connor with any questions.


Our Picture Retake Day with Coffee Pond Photography is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room.


10/31Halloween Costume Day and Parade at 2:00 p.m.
11/3 – 11/4Parent-Teacher Conferences (see above)
11/9US Athletic Awards Night 6:00 p.m.
11/10Veterans’ Day Flagpole Ceremony 7:55 a.m.
11/11Veterans’ Day No School
 11/14Dress down day for Holiday Families (cost: non perishable item(s).
 11/15First Annual Kauffmann Lecture: Jon Turk 6:30 p.m. in Higgins
 11/17Senior Speeches: Daniel Edgerton Dickey, Savannah Shaw, Henry Briggs
11/17Last day of classes before Thanksgiving Break
11/28Classes resume