Upper School Newsletter for May 21, 2017

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, and final exams will take place May 30, 31, and June 1. The end of another academic year is nigh. Seniors have already completed their academic year and are finishing up their 40 hours of social service which is a graduation requirement. Commencement will take place on Sunday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m.

It is the pinnacle of the academic year, in fact many academic years strung together. Seniors have worked very hard for many years, and we are confident that they are prepared for their next steps and look forward 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 4 at 2:00 p.m. on the front lawn of Curtis unless it is raining. The rain venue will be the First Parish Church.

This is the final edition of Panther Roar this school year. I want to take a short moment to say how honored I am to have been part of this great community of educators, students, and parents for the last nine years. My life has been enriched by the experience of NYA, and I am fortunate to be able to take that experience with me for the rest of my life. Thank you.

John Drisko
Assistant Head of School & Head of the Upper School


Friday morning at 7:50 a.m., please join us for our 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.


Spring Athletic Recognition will be on Monday, June 12 from  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the gym. This event always comes after school is out because many seasons do not conclude until after Commencement. Please join us to celebrate all of the student-athletes and the seniors for their special recognition.


Students are to clean out their lockers by the end of the day on June 1.  They should bring all belongings home with them. Please remind your child do a final check of the Lost and Found to retrieve any missing items. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.


At the end of every year we collect any unwanted textbooks to use as classroom spares or to pass on to students in need. Please drop off any of these items in the main office. We appreciate your generosity!


There is a special schedule on Friday, May 26. Classes end at 1:15 p.m., and teachers are available until the end of the day for extra help. I encourage students to take advantage of this time.

Final exams take place May 30, 31, and June 1. Students only have to be on campus when they have an exam. The school is open the normal school hours, and students are welcome to be here even when they don’t have an exam. The exam schedule is posted around school and can be found here.

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Several events will take place at NYA on Friday, June 2, our final day of the school year. Students are to arrive at school by 8:00 a.m. This is a Dress Up day for the awards ceremony. They may change into casual clothes after the ceremony. The ceremony takes place at the First Parish Church and typically lasts a little over an hour. nya-awards-outing-day-2016-5984-resizeFollowing the awards ceremony there is a reception in Safford and the Curtis Gallery will be open for viewing student art. Following this, there are a number of enjoyable activities on campus, including picking up yearbooks and having a cookout lunch which is provided. This day will end at 1:45 p.m.

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The second annual NYA Make-A-Wish Cornhole Tournament is just around the corner. The format this year will be slightly different than last. The final rounds will be held on Friday, June 2, with prizes awarded to the winning team and runner up. This tournament is open to students in grades five through twelve, as well as faculty. Entry cost is $10/team, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.


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, there are summer assignments in language classes and some AP classes as well. Students should check the website under the ‘Students’ tab for these summer assignments.


Be sure to register for the Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament. The tourney is scheduled for Saturday, June 10 at Toddy Brook Golf Course in North Yarmouth. The tournament directly supports the Steve Morris Scholar Fund which was created in 2002 by a group of NYA alumni and friends in honor of beloved NYA teacher and coach Steve Morris. It’s a fun event for golfers of all abilities. We hope you can join us! Please contact Caroline Anson with any questions.


As in the past, final schedules for the next school year will be mailed in mid-July.


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 dropdown 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!


eiffel-towerFrom iconic sites in Paris, such as the Louvre and Notre Dame, to the beaches of Normandy and wine cellars in the Loire Valley, there is much to explore in France. NYA’s June 2018 educational trip is our chance to see, taste, and experience French culture first-hand. This trip will be open to current eighth through eleventh grade students and will include a tour of Paris, the French Riviera, and Monaco. An informational meeting will be held in the fall for those interested in learning more about this trip. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Upper School French teacher and trip leader Fatou Diagana.


NYA_3x3_summer2016_stickyNYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 16. Camps include a variety of sports (tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer), art, theater, dance, circus, and more. New offerings this year include Wizard Magic Camp, Mad Science, Girls on the Run, Counselor In Training program (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate), and two levels of dance with Brio. Additional information on camps and registration can be found on our website. Camps are filling up, so register soon!


Friday, May 26Memorial Day Flagpole Ceremony – 7:50am, front lawn
Friday, May 26Final Day of Classes. Classes end at 1:10 at which time all teachers will be available for Extra Help.
Monday, May 29No School – Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30Exams
8:30 – 10:30     Mathematics Exams
12:30 – 2:30      English Exams
Wednesday, May 31Exams
12:30 – 2:30      Language Exams
Thursday, June 112:30 – 2:30      Science Exams
12:30                  Senior Social Service Debrief
1:30                    Graduation Practice, Front Lawn or Gym if raining
6:15                    Senior Dinner
 Friday, June 2Awards Day (A dress-up day for the Awards Ceremony. Students may change  afterward into dress down clothes.)
8:30 Sharp       Awards Ceremony followed by refreshments in Safford and Art Exhibit in Curtis.
10:00 – end of day     “Fun Day” including events for students and picnic. (Lunch provided.) Yearbooks distributed.
 Sunday, June 4Commencement at 2:00 pm on the Front Lawn. Rain venue will be the First Parish Church.
Monday, June 12Upper School Athletic Recognition.    6:00 PM in the Gym