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**SNOW DAY** Part II – Wednesday, January 28

There will be no school on Wednesday at North Yarmouth Academy due to the continuing blizzard conditions unleashed by Juno! Wow, what a storm! See you all safe and sound on Thursday. Please take it easy digging out!


**SNOW DAY** Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Due to the incoming storm, there will be NO SCHOOL at North Yarmouth Academy on Tuesday, January 27. This one could be a doozy, people! Sleep in, stay warm and safe, everyone!


NYA Studio Band to Perform at Frontier Café

Frontier-StudiobandThe North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Studio Band will perform on Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Frontier Café, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick. This is the band’s eighth annual show at the Frontier Café. The show is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged.

The NYA Studio Band began over 10 years ago and is one of NYA’s winter activities for students in grades 9-12. The show features acoustic music ranging from cover songs to original student arrangements. Band director and NYA Visual and Performing Arts Chair, Ian Ramsey said of the show, “I couldn’t be more excited to have the NYA Studio Band returning to the Frontier Café for our eighth annual acoustic show. Get there early before it fills up!”

NYA students have a variety of musical opportunities including wind ensemble, bluegrass band, jazz band, steel band and so many more. The faculty in the arts department is able and willing to adapt their offerings to students’ interests. One of the NYA music program goals is to offer opportunities for students to follow their own musical interests in a supported but rigorous environment.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


NYA Student Receives Regional Scholastic Art Awards

"Vacant Eyes" by Morgan Elkins

“Vacant Eyes” by Morgan Elkins

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) junior Morgan Elkins ’16 (Edgecomb) received two silver keys in the 2015 Maine Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This year, Maine students sent 501 submissions, and of those 46 Silver Keys were awarded to students with well accomplished works. Gold Keys were awarded to 31 distinguished works from Maine, and 104 Honorable Mentions were awarded to notable works from Maine.

The Maine Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibition takes place from January 24 to February 14 at the Maine College of Art (522 Congress Street, Portland). The Awards Ceremony takes place on Saturday, February 14 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Visitors are encouraged to see the Exhibition during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on February 6 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

'North Station on a Sunday Night" by Morgan Elkins

‘North Station on a Sunday Night” by Morgan Elkins

Elkins was awarded a Silver Key in the photography category for her work entitled “Vacant Eyes” and another Silver Key in the photography category for “North Station on a Sunday Night.”

The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are part of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization that identifies and recognizes students with exceptional artistic and literary talent. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards date back to 1923, and recipients include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. Students in grades seven through twelve may apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving students toddler through grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.


Girls Varsity Ice Hockey v. Kents Hill – January 7, 2015

vgh-kh2The NYA lady Panthers traveled north for the second meeting of the hockey season with the Huskies of Kents Hill.

After a sluggish start by both teams in the first period, NYA’s freshman Charlotte Collins put in a loose puck in the Huskies goal to put NYA up 1-0.

Kristina Block made it 2-0 in the second period with an unassisted goal taking the puck in from center ice to the top of the circle and beat the Huskie goalie with a hard wristshot.

vgh-kh1Kents Hill had its chances on a number of power plays but a strong defense by NYA and timely saves by Alexandra Barnes kept the score 2-0 at the final buzzer as Barnes recorded her 5th shut out of the season.

NYA travels to the Groton School on January 14 and comes back home to the Travis Roy Arena to face Tilton Academy on Saturday January 17.  Game time is 4:20pm.  Come cheer on your NYA Panthers!


NYA Announces Distinction in Global Citizenship Diploma

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is now offering a Distinction in Global Citizenship Diploma to graduates beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.  This exciting new curricular opportunity is designed for those dedicated foreign language students who seek greater global awareness.  The distinction stems from the many NYA students who have expressed advanced interest in language and other cultures in recent years.

The Distinction in Global Citizenship Diploma is largely based on individual interest and programming, but has four major components in addition to the general NYA graduation requirements. First, students must demonstrate exceptional achievement and/or near fluency in a language other than the native tongue.  This includes a minimum of four years of study in the same language in the Upper School with additional study in an immersion program encouraged.  Secondly, students must have a depth of understanding and appreciation for another culture. This can be completed through study and/or travel abroad, self-designed independent study coursework, collaboration with a cultural center, and/or working with immigrant, refugee or bilingual persons. For the third component, students must show a commitment to service in the role of a responsible global citizen through completing 80 or more hours of service through a single or multiple service projects.  The last component requires that students exhibit serious study and scholarship in an area that combines language, global awareness, and service through completion of the Global Studies Seminar and a Senior Project presented in the spring of their senior year.

NYA Interim Head of School, John Drisko said, “The idea behind the Distinction in Global Citizenship Diploma began about two years ago with the good thinking of Marissa Markonish, NYA Head of Lower and Middle Schools.  Through the years we have seen many students come through our school who would benefit from such a program.  We are glad to see this effort come to fruition, offering a great opportunity for distinction for students who have a passion for language, service and global studies.”  Marissa Markonish commented, “I am so excited that we are offering this new program which encourages students to flourish in many areas promoted by NYA’s mission. The world grows smaller all the time and we look forward to recognizing students who embrace global citizenship, and service.” It is clear that the entire community is excited to have this new distinction available to those students who utilize the many resources the school has to offer in these areas.

 

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


NYA Hosts First Annual Girls Hockey Winter Cup

NYA VG Hockey vs Hebron 2013-14 - 08008-001The North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Athletic Department will host the first annual NYA Girls Hockey Winter Cup on Monday, December 29, through Tuesday, December 30 in NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena  (497 Route 1) in Yarmouth. The tournament is organized in a round-robin format. A speaker will present during the lunchtime break on Monday, December 29 from 1:15 – 2:15 pm in Safford Center (148 Main Street, Yarmouth)

NYA VG Hockey vs Hebron 2013-14 - 08112NYA is very excited to be hosting this two day tournament.  “All of us involved with the NYA girls hockey family are very excited about organizing and hosting this round robin tournament.  I have been working closely with my associate, Peter Gerrity, and our team parent, Robyn Barnes, as we take care of the details involved in offering the best possible experience to all of the teams visiting us.  I hope that area hockey enthusiasts will want to come in to Travis Roy Arena and view some of the great action that we’re expecting.” said NYA Athletic Director, Jack Hardy. The teams attending include Berwick Academy, Hebron Academy, Vermont Academy and Thayer Academy in addition to NYA.  The tournament promises to be some of the best schoolgirl ice hockey in the state of Maine.  Below is the schedule:

 

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North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.


North Yarmouth Academy Student Raising Funds for Vietnamese Orphanage

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) senior, Marina Stam (Cumberland Foreside), is raising funds to help pay for the shipping cost of clothing she sent to a Vietnamese orphanage.  Stam sent the clothes in September, and the total cost was $1,850. The owners of The UPS store in Falmouth generously donated $1,000, and she has $850 left to raise.  NYA former parent and professional photographer, Fred Field, is donating all profits from the sales of a collection of photos he took during an NYA-sponsored trip to Vietnam last March to the effort.

085FJF_5056Stam was struck by the children she saw in the Van Long Pagoda, an orphanage in Vietnam. She visited as part of an NYA spring break trip, and knew she could do something to help children in the surrounding areas. She asked NYA teacher, and trip supervisor, Khoa Khuong where needed the most help, and he let her know about the Que Huong Charity Center, where NYA students had traveled on previous trips to Vietnam. She set in motion a plan to organize and facilitate an NYA clothing drive to benefit the orphanage. After a summer of preparing and gathering donations, Stam had many articles to send to the center. She brought all of the donations to the Falmouth UPS Store, and sent the large packages from Falmouth, Maine, to Vietnam. With the help of Khuong, and his mother who coordinated the communications, the clothing arrived at the orphanage in September.

Photo by Fred Field2014 NYA Vietnam TripSouth China SeaField accompanied the students and NYA faculty on their trip to Vietnam last year and photographed the trip.  Upon hearing about the clothing drive and shipping cost, he decided to open the sale of his photographs and donate all proceeds to the clothing shipment, with any leftover funds going to the orphanage.  After a successful photo gallery showing at NYA in November, the photos are now available for viewing and purchase online and by phone (207-847-5448).

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.


NYA Girls Hockey Repeats at Pingree

In a rematch of last years Championship game at the Pingree Invitational Hockey Tournament in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, the NYA Girls Hockey team came up with a great effort and defeated Pingree Academy to bring the Cup back to North Yarmouth Academy for the second straight year!

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NYA Teacher Awarded Jackson Lab Research Sabbatical

jax-farrellNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Upper School science teacher, Barbara Farrell (Gorham) was awarded a spring semester Teacher Research Sabbatical from The Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor) in conjunction with The University of Maine.  Farrell has been at NYA for 11 years and currently teaches tenth grade Biology, Forensics, Genetics and Oncology, and AP Biology.

The Teacher Research Sabbatical is offered by The Jackson Laboratory in conjunction with The University of Maine with financial support from the Balfour Foundation.  According to The Jackson Laboratory website, this highly competitive and revered program “offers a one-semester paid internship at The Jackson Laboratory.” The program is in its tenth year and is open to teachers from Maine and other rural New England states. The goals of this sabbatical are to “give teachers a deeper understanding of the process of science, enhance science content and knowledge, expose teachers to science careers, and to help teachers develop curricula that emphasize guided inquiry and culture of science in the classroom.” Teachers work full-time in the spring semester researching with a professional scientist mentor at The Jackson Laboratory and reside in Bar Harbor near the Laboratory.  To qualify for this position, candidates must fill out an extensive application including recommendations, transcripts and an essay.

Farrell is a graduate of Rutgers University and in her 11 years at NYA has made an impact on the science department through her teaching and leadership.  Her classes at NYA are very active and engaging. Farrell’s sophomore Biology students take a trip to Mackworth Island at the beginning of the year to study turbidity and salinity.  Her Forensics students travel to the Maine Crime Laboratory in Augusta for exposure to real life forensics processes. Farrell’s AP Biology students attend the annual Genetics Update Conference in Portland where they hear about cutting edge technology of medical applications and research. She also hosts many visitors to her classes over the year.  Farrell is certified to teach both physical and life science, runs NYA’s Academic Support Program and continually looks for new ways to make science interesting and accessible to her students. Outside of the classroom, Farrell owns her own business, Acorn Arts Studio LLC, and enjoys many outdoor activities like hiking, and exploring Maine’s outdoors with her husband.

NYA is proud to have such an honor presented to one of our science faculty.  Farrell said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to work at The Jackson Laboratory for a semester.  Having access to experts in so many fields of genetic research will enable me to provide my students at NYA with experiences most high school students would never encounter.” “The whole NYA community is proud of Mrs. Farrell and her accomplishments.  Although we will miss her next semester, we are so glad that she is able to have this opportunity with the Jackson Lab.  We are both excited for her and know that she will bring back to her students a wealth of real world Biology experience.” said Interim Head of School, John Drisko.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.

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