Upper School Newsletter for January 14, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  I hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday and respite from the daily routine as we continue to enjoy the winter season in Maine and usher in 2018. With the start of a new calendar year, we also begin the second semester of our current school year.  Congratulations go out to all of our winter teams for successful starts to their seasons, including several successful holiday tournaments and games. Classes, practices, drama rehearsals, and new electives are once again in full swing, and I look forward to all of the future successes of our students this year. We are excited for what will be a full and engaging semester ahead!

Eric Austin
Head of Upper School


Report cards and comments for the Fall Semester were sent out to parents via email on Tuesday, January 9. Report cards list each class with the teacher and letter grade. Comments written by each teacher accompany the report cards. If you did not receive the email or have any questions about report cards or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Eric Austin, the advisor, or the individual teacher.


Daily attendance is taken at the beginning of first period.  Seniors who don’t have a class during first period must sign in with Ms. Sullivan by 8:45 a.m. A parent should call the office at 846-9051 by 8:15 a.m. when a student will be absent all day, arriving late, or leaving early – even if the parent has informed the teachers and/or advisors. It is our policy to call the parents of students for whom we cannot account. For further details on attendance policies please consult the NYA Student and Parent Handbook.  Thank you for your help with this process.


This program will take place on Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room. It is designed to provide juniors and their parents with a better sense of what to expect during the next year as the college search and application process unfolds. Our featured speaker will be Whitney Soule, dean of admission at Bowdoin College. The program is required for juniors, and we hope that parents will be able to attend as well!


Friday, February 2 will be an early release to allow faculty and staff time for professional development meetings. School will run from 8:00-11:30 a.m. on this day with a special class schedule. We will have morning snack, but lunch will not be served. All students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. and buses will leave at 11:40 a.m. All Upper School sports and drama will continue to run as scheduled that afternoon and evening. Curtis building will also remain open for students who have practices, games, or rehearsal.


Thanks to the efforts of fourth grade student Nathanael Wayashe, a local meteorologist from WMTW Channel 8 News will be coming to NYA on Tuesday, January 16 for a Weather at Your School presentation. The guest meteorologist will be meeting with students in grades two through five in the Middle School Community Room. The meteorologist will broadcast live from NYA and then stay to chat with our students and answer some of their questions about weather. Our in-house meteorologist, Forecaster Jack (Jack Sillin ’18), will also be on-hand to work with the students.

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On Thursday, January 18, the NYA Studio Band will be performing its 11th Annual Acoustic Show at 7:00 p.m. at the First Universalist Church in Yarmouth. This year’s Studio Band includes a cross-section of Upper School students, grades 9-12, ranging from four year veterans to first time performers, some of whom have learned a new instrument only this year! The band will be performing songs from a range of artists, including The Roots, Macklemore, The Lumineers, The Allman Brothers, and David Bowie, and it is sure to be a fun-filled evening of music for all. Admission is free (donations to help support Studio Band costs are gladly accepted) and the event is child-friendly, so all are encouraged to attend this hometown show! Our final show of the season, Studio Band’s Last Waltz, will be on Friday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Safford.  ~ Ross Markonish

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NYA Spanish teacher Patia Maule is VERY excited to be filling in for Ian Ramsey this semester directing steelband! She graduated with High Honors in Caribbean Music (Ethnomusicology) from Oberlin College, where she directed Oberlin Steel for three semesters. She played for many years with PanFried Steel, NYA’s community steelband, and she participated in Brooklyn Panorama in 2012, playing with Pan Sonatas. She is looking forward to introducing the traditional Trinidadian method of learning “by rote” (essentially by ear through demonstration and repetition). The group will be working on an American pop tune (Starships) to experience learning a song that is familiar to everyone, and then learning a current Trinidadian soca tune to get a taste of what steelbands in Trinidad are doing right now as they prepare for Carnival!


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Work is well underway for NYA’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Students in grades 5-12 are presenting this beloved musical featuring the ambitious, book-loving Belle (Elizabeth Gagnon ’20) and the hideous Beast (Justin Guo ’18) desperate to break a curse plaguing him and his servants. The show is based on the 1991 animated Disney film which was then adapted into a live-action movie in 2017. Favorite songs include “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Performances will be Friday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $8.00, and can be reserved through Heidi Lathrop or by calling Heidi at 847-5432.

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The NYA Parents’ Association is pleased to announce that we will be bringing Dr. Ross Greene to NYA on April 4.  Dr. Greene is a child psychologist, founder of the non-profit organization Lives in the Balance, originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach, and New York Times bestselling author. His books include The Explosive Child, Lost at SchoolLost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene will be presenting to students in grades five through twelve, parents, and faculty and staff. We are excited to bring this renowned speaker to NYA!


woodhullNYA’s Parents’ Association is hosting a Parents’ Night Out event for all NYA parents on January 17, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Woodhull Public House in Yarmouth. Babysitting will be available at the Lower School for toddlers through fourth grade students from 4:45-7:15 p.m. We hope to see you there!


On Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m., NYA is pleased to sponsor the presentation of the film Angst at Yarmouth High School. The showing is open to the public and is recommended for students in eighth grade and up. The film explores the pervasiveness of anxiety among young people today and follows the lives of a few students and families coping with anxiety. It also has an appearance by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps who discusses his mental health struggles.


1/15Martin Luther King Jr. Day NO SCHOOL
1/16WMTW Weather at Your School
1/17Parents Night Out, Woodhull Public House, Yarmouth5:00-7:00 p.m.
1/17Showing of Angst at Yarmouth High School7:00 p.m.
1/18College Planning Night for Juniors & Parents5:30 p.m.
1/18Studio Band Acoustic Performance, Unitarian Church7:00 p.m.
1/21NYA Sunday River Ski Trip
2/2Early Release for Faculty and Staff Development11:30 a.m.
2/4NYA Sunday River Ski Trip
2/9-2/10Beauty and the Beast performances
2/11NYA Sunday River Ski Trip
2/16Studio Band Last Waltz Performance, Safford 6:30 p.m.
2/19Presidents’ DayNO SCHOOL
2/23Bring A Friend to School Day
3/2Last Day of classes before March Break
3/5-3/16March Break
3/19Classes resume


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