2018

  • October

    Sixth and Seventh Grade Field Trips, October 10, 2018

    The sixth and seventh grade will be going on field trips on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The sixth grade will be going back to NA’s roots with a tour of the City of Newark while the seventh grade will be going to Stony Hill Farms and Schooley’s Mountain. Both trips depart at 8:15 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m.
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  • Middle School Advisory Creating Awareness with Theme Months

    The Middle School Advisory theme for the month of October is Self-Awareness. Last Friday, September 28, the 8th Grade Advisory Council presented at Middle School morning meeting, “Dare to Be Aware,” in which they explained the importance of not only understanding yourself, but also how important it is to understand how other people perceive you.
     
    Advisory Council is a brand-new program started by Middle School Counselor Kirsti Morin. After projects and presentations last year, the goal this year was to get the students more involved, so last spring the students came up with initiatives for each month. For those looking to get involved, the Advisory Council meets once a cycle on Day 3 from 11:55 a.m.-12:25p.m. in room 401. 
     
    Here are the rest of the planned advisories for the school year and the Middle School morning meeting dates they will be presented:
     
    • November: "I don't know" November "and it's ok" led by 7th grade Advisory Council on November 5, 2018
    • December: Anxiety led by 8th grade Advisory Council on December 3, 2018
    • January: January JOY led by Kirsti Morin (no morning meeting)
    • February: Kindness led by 7th grade Advisory Council on January 28, 2019
    • March: PAUSE led by Kirsti. Morin (no morning meeting)
    • April: Inclusion led by 8th grade Advisory Council on April 1, 2019
    • May: Mental Health May led by 7th grade Advisory Council on April 29, 2019
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  • September

    Middle School French “Immersion-Style” Learning

     Having already learned about colors, counting and animals, French Teacher Mary Lysinger decided to have an “immersion-style” class without leaving the NA campus. Visiting the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for Studio Arts, the class used the PAX Rwanda Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kabuye exhibit. Mary had her 6th and 7th grade French students identify colors, count animals and learn vocabulary.
     
    The gallery of vibrant embroideries created by Rwandan artists provided the perfect classroom for a few reasons. “French is one of Rwanda’s official languages, the images were colorful, representational and accessible, and it was an environment to let the students feel more relaxed about their participation in the discussion,” Mary said.
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  • Parents Day for Upper School Students 9-12

    Upper School parents are given the opportunity to meet each other and their child’s teachers at on Saturday, September 22, 2018 that begins at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments and a morning meeting at Wrightson Gym. At this special program parents will get to go through an abbreviated simulation of their child’s schedule, meeting with their teachers and gaining a perspective on each course. Student/Parent Handbooks and the Newark Academy Directory will be distributed.
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  • Middle School Club Fair

    Middle School students will have the opportunity to explore the clubs and extracurricular activities available to them at the Club Fair in the Middle School Commons from 2:30-3:15 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018. Students are encouraged to join groups that interest them, which often meet at lunchtime or after school on Fridays.
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  • PARENTS’ NIGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS, SEPTEMBER 11

    Middle School parents are invited to have an opportunity to meet each of their child’s teachers and gain a better understanding of NA’s Middle School program. Running from 5:50-8:40 pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, it is an excellent opportunity to learn more about your child’s courses, meet their teachers, and introduce yourself to fellow parents.
     
    Parents will hear from Head of School Don Austin and Middle School Principal Tom Ashburn, and then meet with your child’s advisor. The night starts with a light supper andparent/student directories will be distributed at this informative event.
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  • May

    Middle School Students Win French Awards

    Middle School students taking French took part in The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours, an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students taking French in grades 1-12 across the United States and abroad took a written test and competed against other students. 
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  • Middle School Swim Team Raised Funds for Newark Children to Promote Water Safety

    Every Newark Academy experience provides ample opportunities for students to develop a passion for learning, a standard of excellence and a generosity of spirit. And, members of the Middle School swim demonstrated their commitment to the Newark community – NA’s founding city – by raising $4,000 to the West Essex YMCA for their free weeklong Safety Around Water week. Additionally, they donated more than 450 swim caps and 250 pairs of goggles to the City of Newark Recreation Department. “You are our partner in keeping children safe, we could not provide the lessons or teach the skills without your generous gift. Please express our gratitude to all those that participated in your event and made this gift possible,” said Executive Director of the West Essex YMCA Helen Flores. Aquatics Supervisor for the City of Newark Catherine Lenix-Hooker echoed Helen’s sentiments, saying “My staff and I were overwhelmed when you drove up with 10 bags of these much-needed items. These gifts will make such a difference in the lives of those youth whose families cannot afford to purchase this kind of aquatic attire/gear in order for their children to enjoy our swimming pools.” 
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  • April

    Celebrating the Middle School and Upper School Connection

    Newark Academy has no shortage of ways for students to get involved in the NA community and ten seniors recently immersed themselves in Middle School classes through the Classroom Internship Association (CIA). The result of a 2012 June Term project to strengthen ties between Middle School and Upper School students for the Leadership in the 21st Century course, CIA has had a positive impact on the NA community for six years. 
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  • Maker Faire on April 11 Celebrates Student Creativity

    On April 11, the NA community will come together to celebrate student innovation, creativity and resourcefulness at the Maker Faire, organized by the Hawkes Memorial Library. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, students will showcase their STEAM inventions through project displays and hands-on making stations. This event offers a unique opportunity to generate interest and raise awareness of the STEAM movement that is unfolding on campus as well as encourage peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. 
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  • February

    More than $2,000 raised by Middle School Swim Team

    The 4th annual Middle School swim team Swim-A-Thon and Relay Carnival was a huge success! Swimmers asked their classmates, family and friends to pledge them for a 10-minute swim and, in total, the team swam more than 700 laps and raised $1,200 to provide swim lessons for children in Newark and increase awareness of water safety. And, since the Swim-A-Thon and Relay Carnival inception three years ago, the Middle School swim team has raised more than $7,500. Director of Aquatics at the West Essex YMCA Scott Weber also spoke with the swimmers about how the money raised made an impact by making the YMCA’s free five-day water safety classes possible.
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  • Five days, 16 Causes, 17 Clubs, One Revolution

    NA empowers students to use their imaginations, explore possibilities, discover new passions and become contributing members of society. Every day, they find new ways to raise awareness about issues they care about and from February 5-9, the NA community will celebrate these revolutionary ways to inspire others to speak up and speak out during Revolution Week. Students will address an array of causes including modern-day slave labor, sexual assault, the role of art in social change, climate change, anti-Semitism and inaccuracies in the media, politics and LGBT issues, protecting national parks, and more. Events will include fundraisers, discussion groups, and movie screenings and will allow students to demonstrate the power they have as change makers. Click here for the full schedule. 
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  • January

    Special Speaker Inspires Middle School Students to Be Great

    “I was dealt a bad hand in life but I was not afraid to fail,” said Rohan Murphy to Middle School students during a special presentation on January 16, 2018. Rohan is a nationally recognized youth speaker and has spoken about his challenges – and successes – in more than 40 states. 
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  • NAPA's International Dinner, January 19

    Celebrate the many cultures that make up the NA community at NAPA's 27th Annual International Dinner on January 19, from 6:30-9pm in the Wrightson Gym. The event is open to all NA families. Cost of admission is an entree that represents your family heritage. Click here to learn more and to register.
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  • Andrew Mwenda to present at Global Speaker Series on January 19

    Andrew Mwenda is a print, radio and television journalist, and an active critic of many forms of Western aid to Africa. Too much of the aid from rich nations, he says, goes to the worst African countries to fuel war and government abuse. Such money not only never gets to its intended recipients, Africa's truly needy -- it actively plays a part in making their lives worse.
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