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NYA to Host Keelboat Regatta at SailMaine on October 18

The NYA sailing team competes as part of the SailMaine program, and this year SailMaine has introduced keelboat racing for its high school students.  On October 18, NYA will host the Inaugural SailMaine HS Keelboat Regatta in Casco Bay-a first of its kind!

“We are really excited by the addition of the SailMaine J22 fleet to our high school program this season.” said SailMaine Program Director, Gerry Tiernan. “We feel that teaching kids keelboat sailing at a younger age opens up new avenues for them that they don’t get sailing only small boats. It’s a different game. It requires a different level of focus and attention to detail than dinghy sailing. We hope it will allow kids to participate in areas of the sport that may have been inaccessible to them otherwise.”

Katie Hatch, SailMaine’s Executive Director said, “I haven’t heard of any other high school specific keelboat regattas anywhere in the region since I became involved in the sport. SailMaine is proud to host this event with North Yarmouth Academy. We think it’s great for the kids and great for the sport. It’s going to be such a cool event!” For more information on the regatta, e-mail gerry.tiernan@sailmaine.org.


NYA Celebrates Homecoming this Weekend

homecoming-fanOn September 26 – 27, 2014, the North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) community will participate in Homecoming festivities. The events include face painting, athletic contests, a barbecue, a bonfire and much more.  All activities will take place on NYA’s campus (148 Main Street, Yarmouth).

Homecoming is an annual tradition at NYA, which occurs every fall around the end of September or beginning of October. Almost every athletic team has competitions on Friday or Saturday, and students participate in a number of fun activities on campus. The schedule of events is below.

Friday, September 26:

2:30 – 5:30 pm: Lower School Activities
2:30 pm: Varsity Girls Soccer vs Pine Tree Academy
3:00 pm: MS Girls Field Hockey vs Freeport
4:00 pm: MS Girls Soccer vs Sacopee
5:00 pm: MS Boys Soccer vs Sacopee
5:00 pm: Barbecue
6:00 pm: Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Gardiner
7:30 pm: Pep Rally
8:00 – 9:00 pm: Bonfire (weather permitting)

Saturday, September 27:

All Day: Seniors selling 50/50 raffle tickets to benefit class activities, Juniors selling food to benefit class activities
10:00 am: Varsity Girls Field Hockey vs Wells
12:30 pm: Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Sumner
1:00 pm: Varsity Boys Soccer vs Wells
2:45 pm: Junior Varsity Boys Soccer vs Wells
3:00 pm: Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Bucksport
8:00 – 11:00 pm: Upper School Homecoming Dance (US students only – semi-formal attire requested)

The Lower School activities on Friday are open to Lower School students and parents and include face painting, a bouncy house, field games and more. The barbecue on Friday is open to everyone and free for students, faculty, and staff. Hotdogs will be served for $1, and hamburgers will be $2 for parents and friends.  The bonfire is for Upper School students only and is held on the softball field after the pep rally in the gym following the barbecue and girls volleyball game.  All day on Saturday, students from the junior and senior classes will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets and food to raise money for prom and other school activities.  The Upper School dance on Saturday night, hosted by the junior class, is semi-formal attire and begins at 8:00 pm in Safford Center and concludes at 11:00 pm.

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 Holds Ribbon Cutting for Expanded Lower School

ls-featureNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) will celebrate the expansion of its Lower School with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, September 23 beginning at 8:00 a.m.  This summer, NYA expanded its Lower School, which includes children toddler through grade four. There are 73 enrolled students. The Lower School expansion added 2,000 square feet to NYA’s year-old Lower School facility located next to the Curtis building.

The all-school event begins at the NYA Lower School at 8:00 a.m. where Interim Head of School, John Drisko, will welcome friends and visitors, give words of thanks, and host the ribbon cutting.  Immediately following, while the Lower School students are outside in the play area, the Lower School will be open to everyone for tours.

NYA’s Lower School integrates Montessori methods through the second grade.  In the third and fourth grades, the methodology continues to foster curiosity and motivation to learn while preparing for an easy transition to the Middle School. Lower School students have full access to NYA’s 25-acre campus which includes playing fields, a play space, a gymnasium and ice arena, a music building, academic buildings and more.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddler through twelfth-grade students. For 200 years, 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.


NYA Sailing Hosts Regatta

nya-sailingThe NYA Sailing Team will be hosting their first annual regatta “Panther Paw Open” this Sunday, September 14, at SailMaine. The team will be competing against seven local high schools, as well as against high schools from Massachusetts and Vermont. The first race starts at 10:30 am.  Yarmouth, Falmouth, Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Cheverus, SoMaine and NYA (with 2 teams) will be competing, as well as Burlington HS, Northern Vermont HS, Marblehead HS and Wellesley HS. If you are around the Old Port on Sunday stop by, relax and enjoy a day of sailing at the beautiful Casco Bay.


NYA to Participate in Pinwheels for Peace

pinwheelThe first and second graders at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) will participate in an international art and literacy project entitled Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace on the front lawn of campus (148 Main Street, Yarmouth, Maine). The pinwheels will be installed on Thursday, September 18 at approximately 2:00 p.m. (Friday at 8:30 a.m. if raining). They will remain up until Monday, September 22. (The United Nations International Peace Day is Sunday, September 21.)

Pinwheels for Peace is a non-political art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what is going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning 500,000 pinwheels on September 21. Last year (year nine), over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

All NYA students, teachers, staff and parents can participate by visiting the first and second grade classroom during several pinwheel-making sessions. As part of the creation process, participants will write their thoughts about peace on one side of the pinwheel. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. For  International Peace Day, they will “plant” their pinwheels on NYA’s front lawn as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

“In our classroom, we have been talking about peace and how it doesn’t have to be associated with the conflict of war,” said first and second grade teacher Anna Langstaff.  “We expect to have hundreds of pinwheels displayed on the lawn. The students are really excited with this project,” she said. “We hope the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!”

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. For more information on Pinwheels for Peace, go to pinwheelsforpeace.com.


Artist Jessica McCarthy to Exhibit at NYA

Jessica McCarthy's "Self Elf Portrait"

Jessica McCarthy’s “Self Elf Portrait”

Artist Jessica McCarthy will exhibit a body of work featuring fantasy creatures and abstract figures entitled Time to Pretend in the Curtis Gallery (148 Main Street, Yarmouth) at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) September 5. The public is invited to an opening reception with refreshments on Friday, September 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the gallery. The opening is free, but donations are welcomed. The exhibit will be open to the public during regular school hours:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

McCarthy is an emerging artist in the Portland area.  She completed her MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2013, majoring in illustration. Her work is principally figurative and emotional, focused on subjects ranging from multicultural to fantasy. Her work has been featured in both international and local publications. She learned about the Curtis Gallery through the Portland Art scene, and decided to showcase her works with the help of Colby Myer, Upper School art teacher and Curtis Gallery Curator.  Myer commented, “I am excited to have Jessica’s imaginative works hang in the Curtis Gallery.  I love the way she uses mixed mediums to create stylistic characters and look forward to having her teach our students about her process in an afternoon workshop this fall.”

When asked about the theme of her show, McCarthy said, “It came to me spontaneously.  When asked what I like to draw a lot of, something I wouldn’t get bored with, I thought first of the human face. Of course my work would have to be figurative, but I wanted to be able to take liberties with anatomy, clothing, and scenery. Imagined creatures give me that allowance.”

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 Summer Construction & Expansion Projects

ls-expandNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is a busy place this summer.  The Academy is expanding its Lower School by expanding the current Lower School building and adding a playground, and also renovating the girls varsity locker room in Travis Roy Ice Arena. The new spaces in the Lower School will serve an additional 50 children. Construction on all projects began in June, and they will be complete before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

In September 2013, NYA added a Lower School serving 53 children in pre-kindergarten (age 3) through fourth grade.  With this expansion, NYA will open its doors to a new pre-primary program for children starting at 18 months old. Previously, NYA served students in grades 5 through 12. The success of the Lower School, coupled with the increased interest of area families, prompted administrators to explore the option of expansion. On February 20, NYA’s board of trustees voted to move forward with the project contingent upon securing funding. Since then, NYA raised over $376,000 toward the Lower School Expansion.  Donors include individuals and families as well as foundations, such as the Davis Family Foundation and the Cabot Family Charitable Trust. Ground broke in early June and has progressed steadily since.

NYA received a grant of $25,000 from the Welch Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to design and construct a Lower School play space and outdoor learning environment. “As NYA expands its program to the pre-primary and elementary grades, we are grateful to the many individual and foundation donors who have invested in the expansion of the Lower School and in the Lower School play space.  Their commitment to NYA’s youngest students and to the future of the Academy is both humbling and inspiring,” states Kristen Farnham, NYA’s Director of Development.  The playground will contain green features, including a slide, sandpit, and climbing hill.

After fundraising efforts completed in May, following a great showing and generous donations at the NYA Soiree, the Academy made plans to renovate the girls varsity locker room at Travis Roy Ice Arena. Renovations began in early June, following the girls varsity lacrosse season.  Along with new lockers, the locker room will be repainted and updated to fit the needs of the varsity athletes. NYA renovated the boys varsity locker room in 2012 with the help of generous donations from parents, alumni and friends. “We are so grateful to the many amazing donors who made this project possible.  We’ve been eyeing the boys locker room for a while now, and the girls and coaches are very excited to see our new space next fall,” said NYA Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach, Lucy Gerrity.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddler through twelfth-grade students. For 200 years, 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.


NYA First in State with Look-Up Line™ at Travis Roy Ice Arena

lookupTravis Roy Ice Arena at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) has a new look to the ice.  NYA’s arena is the first in Maine to install a Look-Up Line™ on its sheet.  The ice now has a 40 inch orange stripe around the edge flush to the boards.

The Look-Up Line™ was first installed at the Pingree School in Hamilton, Massachusetts just over a year ago by the Thomas E. Smith Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to “just cure paralysis,” and they started the Look-Up Line™ as “ice hockey’s first warning track” with the goal of decreasing player head and spinal cord injuries.  Thomas Smith, a former Pingree hockey player, suffered two massive spinal cord injuries caused by falling into the boards at bad angles. After the second major injury he realized it was his mission to help prevent these types of accidents for fellow hockey players.

NYA Athletic Director, Jack Hardy said “we are excited to install the Look-Up Line™ in our ice arena.  The background and story behind the idea and development of this safety feature, in concert with that of our arena’s awareness across the board for head and spinal injuries inflicted on the ice.”  Alex Kloza, the Travis Roy Ice Arena Manager commented, “we were happy to install the line. Our goal for our facility is to run a clean and safe space for players, coaches, and spectators.  The Look-Up Line™ reinforces that goal.”

For 39 years Travis Roy Ice Arena has been a staple on the NYA campus and is the home to the NYA Panthers and Yarmouth Clippers hockey teams, as well as Stride Envy skating.  The arena opened in 1975, and after extensive remodeling was dedicated as the Travis Roy Ice Arena on October 17, 1998. After resurfacing the ice this spring, the arena opens its doors to skaters again on Monday, June 23.

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.


2014 Summer Assignments Now Online!

Summer assignments in English (all students entering grades 5-12), Modern & Classical Languages, and AP science courses are now available on the NYA website – click here.

Expect to receive student schedules and textbook ordering information in mid-July. Have a wonderful summer!


87 NYA Students Recognized on National Language Exams

Eighty-seven students from North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) were recognized for their outstanding performance on the National Language Exams in 2014. On the National French Exam, 12 students placed in the top 10 in the state, including Ellis Miskell, who placed first in the state and second place nationally. On the National Spanish Exam, 10 students were ranked in the top 10 in the state. Elizabeth McIntosh ’16 (Falmouth) received national recognition in both the Spanish and Latin exams, Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Scarborough, Monmouth) received national recognition in both the Spanish and French exams, and Ellis Miskell received national recognition for achievement in both the Latin and French exams. Elizabeth Roche ’14 (Yarmouth) was awarded a special book prize for earning four consecutive gold medals on the National Latin Exam.

National Spanish Exam

  • First in the state:  Lea Webster ’18 (Cumberland), Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Scarborough, Monmouth)
  • Third: Abbie Hinchman ’15 (West Bath), Elizabeth Lewis ’14 (Boothbay)
  • Fifth: Tess Hinchman ’15 (West Bath)
  • Sixth: Emily Taylor ’16 (Yarmouth), Mary Noyes ’15 (Freeport)
  • Ninth:  Andrew Keith ’17 (Cumberland), Kiersten Marr ’17 (Falmouth), Haley Cunningham ’15 (North Yarmouth)
  • Nine Bronze medals, five silver, and three gold medals were also awarded to NYA students.

National Latin Exam

  • Gold medalists:  Sonia Lin ’16 (Topsham), Ellis Miskell, Chase Gendron ’15 (Raymond), Elizabeth Roche ’14 (Yarmouth)
  • Silver medalists:  Sarah Austin ’17 (North Yarmouth), Milla Rosenfeld ’17 (Freeport), Sarah Cooper ’16 (Bath), Sohyun Jeon ’14 (Freeport)
  • Magna cum laude awards:  Jack Sillin ’18 (Yarmouth), Josh Chapman ’16 (Scarborough), Elizabeth McIntosh ’16 (Falmouth), Muriel Adams ’15 (Freeport), Hannah Hungerford ’15 (Portland)
  • Cum laude awards: Michael Adams ’17 (Freeport), Emily Baker ’16 (Brunswick), Corinne Poitras ’16 (East Boothbay), Hannah Austin ’15 (North Yarmouth)

National French Exam

  • First in the state: Ellis Miskell
  • Second: Grier Miskell
  • Third: Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Scarborough, Monmouth), Haozhen Chen ’14 (Yarmouth)
  • Fourth: Youssef Ayad ’18 (Freeport), Ryland Rich ’18 (Yarmouth, Edgecomb)
  • Fifth: Anna Hoffman-Johnson ’18 (Falmouth), Acacia Bright ’16 (Freeport)
  • Sixth: Aidan Yilmaz ’19 (Freeport)
  • Eighth: Kyle Bennett ’18 (Yarmouth)
  • Tenth: Kendra Murray ’18 (Falmouth), Xander Bartone ’17 (Bath)
  • Silver medalists: Grier Miskell, Ellis Miskell
  • Bronze medalists: Anson Dana ’23 (Yarmouth), Aidan Yilmaz ’19 (Freeport), Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Scarborough, Monmouth)

NYA offers French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish language classes in grades 6 – 12.  Fifth grade students are offered an introductory language course entitled Classical Foundations. Through this course, fifth graders develop language study skills as they encounter basic grammatical constructions and extensive vocabulary using an introductory Latin-based curriculum. These classes are intended to ease students’ transition to faster paced language study starting in sixth grade. Lower School students study basic Spanish.

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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