Exploring Passions, Having Fun
The heartbeat of Newark Academy is strong when it comes to student spirit and traditions, clubs and activities, and generally celebrating life to the fullest. We have traditions like Spirit Week where all grade levels decorate their hallway spaces, compete in a variety of contests, and write and perform class skits. Our students organize class trips, compete on quiz bowl teams, and produce short films. They get out into their communities to make a difference through community service. And students here shrug off the dark days of winter in the annual “Winter Shminter!” celebration where they can take a brief break during the day to play board games, try a hand at a video game, or giggle over a contest of “Hungry Hungry Hippo.”
Life may be serious, but at NA, we know it is a mistake to take yourself too seriously!
Morning Meeting brings the entire school community together twice a week for announcements, community updates and performances by students and teachers that range from the serious (a violin concerto or poetry reading) to the silly (James Brown lip sync or a rap about the chess club). On alternate days, the Middle School and Upper School have their own morning meetings.
Various field trips are organized through student clubs, the School Council and individual grades. Outings include visits to Broadway shows, concerts, athletic events, ethnic dinners and area parks. Faculty members routinely offer international trips for cultural exploration and community service. Extended trips to France, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Spain and Costa Rica have been conducted in recent years.
Each fall a week of fun events, ranging from crazy dress days to class skits, culminates in the traditional Homecoming athletic events and dance.
There are frequent performances, dances, barbecues, sports nights and speakers throughout the school year. Traditional annual events include: the "Back-to-School" Barbecue, Parents Day, Homecoming, Frosh Fridays, the International Dinner and the Senior Dessert.
|Students are encouraged to become involved members of the community by participating as leaders through student government, the Honor Council, and the Community Service Council.|