• November

    NA Jazz Director Julius Tolentino receives The New Jersey Jazz Education Achievement Award

    Julius Tolentino is not only a talented Jazz musician who has been in the New York Jazz scene for more than 20 years, but a galvanizing educator. Working at Newark Academy since 2006, Julius has been recognized for his educational efforts as a recipient of the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) Achievement Award.

    The NJAJE states that the award goes to "a New Jersey jazz educator who has demonstrated the highest standards of teaching excellence and dedication to the jazz education community."

    "I am honored and humbled to receive this year’s Jazz Education Achievement Award from the NJAJE," Julius said. "As a high school student I was fortunate to be involved in Jazz Regions and All-States, as well as the state festivals because I had an awesome middle school and high school band director. This award has been given to several heavyweight Jazz Educators in NJ, and I hope to do them and NJAJE proud with my continued efforts.”
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  • NA Hires Bryan Tavares as Head Baseball Coach

    The Newark Academy Athletics Department is excited to announced that Bryan Tavares is the new baseball coach.
    Coach Tavares, who played collegiate baseball at Emory University and the University of Richmond, comes to Newark Academy from Oratory Prep, where he was most recently a varsity assistant coach. Prior to coaching at Oratory, Coach Tavares led the Great Britain under 15 National Team to a silver medal at the European Championship Qualifier tournament in Hunenburg, Switzerland. Coach Tavares has also coached at the In the Zone Baseball & Softball Training Academy and for New York Empire Baseball’s travel team. 
    Coach Tavares said he is “looking forward to the opportunity to coach at Newark Academy and to build on the school’s well-established track record of baseball excellence.” 
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  • NA Boys’ Cross Country Wins Non-Public B Title

    Newark Academy put together a full team effort to win the NJSIAA Boys Non-Public B cross country Championship at Holmdel Park.
    The Minutemen had five runners finish in the top 18, earning them a team score of 54 to defeat Bishop Eustace (103 points) and Montclair-Kimberley (156). The top five NA runners finished within 34 seconds of each other to defeat the favored Bishop Eustace.

    “We really emphasize having them train and run together at practice,” Newark Academy Head Coach Sarah Guelich told NJ.com. “We like them running together in meets with the knowledge that they’re going to do better and run stronger with each other.”
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  • NA Student Science Forum

    NA students will share their STEMtastic summer experiences from outside programs, internships and mentorships at the Student Science Forum on November 19 at 7 p.m. in Kaltenbacher Hall. The event is open to all students and their families.
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  • First Diversi-Tea of the School Year Discusses Social Justice

    The Equity and Inclusion Team hosted the first Divesi-Tea of the school year on November 8. Students and faculty filled the four tables in Kaltenbacher Hall to discuss social justice, defining it as, “the concept that communities or societies should be constructed in such a way that all its members are physically and psychologically safe, experience equity in regard to power and access to resources, and have the ability to fully participate in that community or society.”
    From there, students discussed works against social justice and works toward social justice, writing their ideas on a post-it that could be hung under the respective sections.
    The meeting closed with the group discussing what actions could be taken at NA for more social justice as well as how one can be an ally.
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  • NA Brothers Qualify for NJ State Championships

    After participating in their first robotics competition of the year, VEX IQ Robot at Roselle Park High School, brothers Cameron ’23 and Declan ’25 Wright have qualified for the NJ State Championships in February 2019.
    Their robot code is 34G with the unique name “The Tropical Spiders,” placed first in the teamwork challenge event. They also got a Judge’s Award for Robot Design and Documentation and placed second in the Robot Skills/Automation Event.
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  • NA’s 15th Annual FOP Color Run a Success

    With more than 40 student volunteers, approximately 100 runners, walkers and bikers, and nearly 32 sponsors, the School Council raised a gross amount of $13,311 for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive (FOP) research and awareness at Newark Academy’s 15th Annual 5K Color Run.
    In addition to supporting Dr. Kaplan and his FOP research team at the University of Pennsylvania, the funds will be used to shoot a documentary on FOP. The aim of the film is to encourage global understanding of this rare genetic disorder and identify more individuals living with FOP. With nearly 30 clinical trials worldwide, greater participation is needed to develop more major breakthroughs.
    It was encouraging to have the support of more than 40 alumni, many of whom were classmates of Ian Cali ’08, who has FOP, and his brother Jason Cali ’05. Coming full circle, it was great to have such strong enthusiasm from alumni who ran in the first run 15 years ago.
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  • NA’s Director of Community Service to serve on Madison’s Board of Education

    Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer has been elected to serve on the Board of Education in the Madison District of Morris County.
    “I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to give back to our communities and saw serving on the Board of Education as the best way I could leverage my skills for my community,” Sarah said. “I believed there needed to be someone on the Board that worked with students of district age and since I have been an educator for more than 15 years working in the classroom, as an administrator, and as a manager of educational non-profits, I felt I could lend my experience as we consider how to close achievement gaps and serve all students.”
    Sarah said she hopes to be a voice for those students who use special services.
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  • Sophia Ludtke ’20 named Project Green Challenge Finalist

    Inspired by the way Project Green Challenge (PGC) brings people from around the world who share a common concern for the environment, Sophia Ludkte ’20 was one of 6,000 students to submit to the challenge and was recently named one of 13 finalists.
    Throughout the month of October, Sophia did a daily challenge based on different environmental themes ranging from environmental justice, to biodiversity, to renewable energy.
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  • 16th Annual NA Community Art Exhibit Taking Submissions

    The Arts Department is accepting submissions for the 16th Annual NA Community Art Exhibit, entitled HOUSE & HOME. How do the habitats we build reflect our inner states?  What makes a house a home and what images or symbols relay that sentiment?  The notion of home can include dwellings of all kinds, such as habitats made by creatures in the natural world. You may work in any medium and there are no limitations in regard to size. We will be accepting works the weeks of December 17–20 and January 7–9. All submitted works must be exhibit ready. For questions, contact Elaine Brodie at ext. 222. 
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  • Dr. So Yeon Yoon Visiting NA to Speak About STEM, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality

    Students interested in learning more about STEM, artificial intelligence and virtual reality can hear from Professor Dr. So Yeon Yoon, who leads the Design for User Experience with Technology research lab at Cornell University, on November 16, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in rooms 206 and 208. Interested students should sign up with Ms. Celente.
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  • NA Set for Fall Dance Concert

    Please join us for the Fall Dance Concert on November 17 at 7 p.m. All Middle and Upper School dance classes will perform in a variety of styles. The Digital Photography Class and Film Class will show their photographs and videos of the Advanced/IB Dance Class to start the show. Come see what amazing work these 90 students have done throughout the fall! Contact Yvette Luxenberg at yluxenberg@newarka.edu or at 973-992-700 x291 for more information.
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  • Newark Academy Set for First DiversiTea of the Year

    Newark Academy’s Equity and Inclusion Team will host the first DiversiTea of the 2018-19 school year. What has become a staple of the Equity and Inclusion Team’s efforts within NA, this DiversiTea will explore the challenges to making NA more inclusive and identify actions that everyone can take now. The event will take place on Thursday, November 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Kaltebacher Hall.
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  • Peer Leader Scavenger Hunt and Freshman Lock-In

    Before being locked-in Newark Academy for the night, freshmen will be joined by their senior Peer Leaders for the Peer Leader Scavenger Hunt from 7:45-9:30 p.m. on Friday, November 9.
    The Scavenger Hunt is an NA tradition that dates back several decades. Freshmen work together as a group along with senior Peer Leaders. In this activity, a grade-level and cross-grade level experience reinforces communication, teamwork and collaboration efforts. The groups each select a fun theme as a costume as a way of showing unity. During the event, they earn points for staying together, solving clues as a group and participating with goodwill and enthusiastic spirit.
    Afterward, the freshman lock-in will go until early Saturday, November 10. Students will enjoy an ice cream sundae bar on Friday night and bagels and juice Saturday morning.
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  • NA Unites Over Pittsburgh Tragedy

    In true Newark Academy fashion, the students of the Jewish Club decided that rather than just take a moment of silence for the 11 killed at the Eytz Chayim Synagogue in Pittsburgh attending Sabbath Services on Saturday, October 27, they’d take the opportunity to open up a dialogue.
    On Tuesday, October 30, Dean of Faculty Von Rollenhagen addressed the entire school at morning meeting about such heinous acts of violence before the leaders of the Jewish club, Kyra Cooperman ’19 and Molly Feldman ’19, offered their thoughts and reached out to the African American community to offer solidarity in the face of another act of violence. They tied it into the NA Art Department’s presentation of The Laramie Project as this year’s fall drama. The Laramie Project is based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who, in October 1998, was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming.
    In the afternoon, NA welcomed Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz, Rabbi at B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, to come speak with our community. He has been a national leader for social justice, and in response to the shooting has recently appeared on national television. Offering words of comfort, Rabbi Matthew helped create an opportunity for members of the community to express their feelings and to offer a message of hope against the violence. 
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  • October

    NA Presents The Laramie Project This Weekend

    Newark Academy’s Arts Department presents The Laramie Project as this year’s fall drama on November 1, 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Rose Auditorium.
    The Laramie Project is based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who, in October 1998, was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming.

    “We first staged this challenging play back in 2002, and now we are bringing it back to the NA stage in honor of the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death,” Newark Academy Arts Department Chair Elaine Brodie says. 
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  • AIDS Memorial Quilt to be Displayed at Newark Academy

     When Sophie Licostie ’19 was 8 years old, she spent the summer in Washington D.C., while one of her moms, Nadine, was working on a documentary on the AIDS epidemic, The Last One. That summer, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display in the Capital City.
    “I was pretty young, but I got to meet a lot of interesting people and the entire event had a big impact on me,” Sophie recalled. “I remember in particular learning that each panel is the size of a human grave, and that was a fact that really resonated with me. I've been entertaining the idea of bringing the quilt to NA for a few years now, and as this is my senior year, I felt it is my last opportunity to bring it in for the school.”
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  • Fifhteenth Annual 5K Color Run for FOP Research

    Join Newark Academy’s School Council on Sunday, November 4 for a family-friendly event to support FOP (fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive) Research in our 15th Annual Color run. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the run begins at 11 a.m. You are welcome to come volunteer, run, walk, and bring your dog, friends, family, sports teams, etc.
    Proceeds will go to educational efforts and to support FOP research through the Ian L. Cali Fund. Ian is an NA grad of the Class of 2008 at the University of Pennsylvania. Click here for more details and an entry form.
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  • NA Boys' Cross Country win NJISAA Prep B Cross Country Championships

    The Boys’ Cross Country Team won the team title of the NJISAA Prep B Championships for the first time in a decade by a convincing 35 points. 
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  • NA Anatomy Club supports American Heart Association

    Several Newark Academy students, led by the Anatomy Club, recently supported the American Heart Association Heart Walk to fight heart disease and stroke.  On Sunday, October 21, roughly 3,000 supporters and survivors, along with several NA Students helped raise awareness at the 2018 Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk at South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange. The event raised over $356,000.
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  • NA Celebrating National Novel Writing Month

    With November being National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, Newark Academy’s version invites you to cook up any personal writing goal of your choice. Past participants have done a haiku a day, letter writing, children's books, journal entries, short stories and graphic novels. While your writing stays private, you have a community of people cheering you on.
    If you're interested, sign up across from Ms. Galvin's office. At the end of November, all participants will receive a NaNoWriMo pin or sticker.
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  • NA Participates in Midnight Run

    Newark Academy’s Community Service kept running well past midnight. On the Midnight Run Friday October 19, Newark Academy had 12 students and two faculty members volunteer from 6 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. With the support from the Board of Governors and Human Rights club, the group made 125 lunches, 100 toiletry bags, and handed out tons of clothing plus hot chicken noodle soup and coffee.
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  • WAM Blog Posting Anonymous Submission in November

    For the month of November, the WAM blog will be posting anonymous submissions. If you've always wanted to share work but not your name, now's your chance! Send your creative endeavors to wam@newarka.edu or directly to me to Ms. James. For other student Creative Writing opportunities, including many upcoming contests, check out the Creative Writing Newsletter. Links to contests and magazines are available on the Creative Writing News under the "Contests" and "Markets" pages.
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  • NA Girls Tennis Defeats Gill St. Bernard’s in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public B Tournament Finals

    The Newark Academy girls’ tennis team added a Sectional Title to their already impressive season. 
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  • Newark Academy Eighth Graders Learn to Become Ethical Leaders

    While the rest of NA’s student body was either on a field trip or taking the PSATs, the eighth grade spent the day on campus learning about ethical leadership. With the help of Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer and Director of Equity and Inclusion Gardy Guiteau, students took part in a morning of leadership and communication experiences, followed by an afternoon completing community service projects.

    Before breaking off in three groups for their service project of sending a care-package for those being held in immigration detention centers, students heard from a George William Forson from Ghana, who was held in a detention center in Newark for seven months before he was released last Thursday, October 11.

    Working with First Friends of NJ and NY, a nonprofit that upholds the inherent dignity the inherent dignity and humanity of detained immigrants and asylum seekers, and Sister Regina Holtz, students helped out with “stamp out despair” putting together folders for detainees that had paper, note cards greeting cards, Christmas cards, envelopes, stamps and a pen, along with a note from a student. “I can’t overvalue what you are doing this afternoon,” Gina told students.
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  • Immersion Information Night on October 17

    With all NA students required to complete at least one immersion experience prior to graduation, Immersion Information Night will provide general information about Immersion Experience opportunities and offer answers to questions about the requirement. The presentation will highlight various external programs including semester and yearlong off-campus programs and will feature smaller information sessions organized by faculty members who will be leading the 2018-19 programs.
    The event will take place on October 17, 2018 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Kaltenbacher and Rose Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.
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  • Newark Academy to Welcome Kenny Rampton

    NA’s Arts Department will welcome renowned trumpeter Kenny Rampton, who will be working with students through a combination of school day visits, a performance, and evening band rehearsals with NA Big Band and NA’s celebrated Jazz Band, Chameleon, from October 15 -18, 2018.
    Kenny joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2010, as well as performs with the Mingus Big Band, The Mingus Orchestra, The Mingus Dynasty, George Gruntz’ Concert Jazz Band, and The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, and also leads his own sextet. His career highlights include touring around the world with The Ray Charles Orchestra in 1990, and Broadway credits from Chicago: The Musical and The Producers.
    Here’s the schedule of Kenny’s visit to NA:
    • October 15: Visiting classes
    • October 16: Working with NA Big Band
    • October 17: Kenny performs in Middle School Commons
    • October 18: Visiting classes and working with Chameleon
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    The David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts at Newark Academy will feature the work of Jordan Matter, portrait and dance photographer and author of New York Times bestseller Dancers Among Us. Jordan will share many of the pieces from this series in the form of large, luminous prints that capture professional dancers leaping, spinning, and kicking while in the midst of daily living. The exhibit also includes a number of pieces from Jordan’s new book, Born to Dance.
     “Dancers are storytellers.  They’re trained to capture passion with their bodies.  They bring to life what we feel, but what most of us, lacking their artistry and athleticism, are unable to express physically,” says Jordan.  Indeed, the viewer is confronted with dynamic images that amaze and delight, and while one might suspect manipulation of the photos, they are, in fact, unaltered by postproduction.  What is on view is exactly what Jordan snapped with his camera.  Jordan and his work have been featured in all media, including ABC World News, Nightline, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Today, the BBC, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, UK, NPR, and New York Magazine, and in newspapers, magazines and exhibitions all over the world. 
    In addition to sharing his work with the community, Jordan will conduct a workshop, sharing his approach with the dance and photography classes at Newark Academy.  The exhibit will be on display from October 13 – November 20, 2018 with an opening reception and book signing on October 15, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
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  • Homecoming & Reunion Set for October 13, 2018

    NA’s annual Homecoming & Reunion  celebrations are set for October 13, 2018. The all-day event includes NA Alumni of Color Breakfast, Women of NA Luncheon, Alumni Awards Ceremony, Reunion Dinner and athletic events.
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  • Spirit Week Kicks Off Homecoming & Reunion Week

    NA’s annual Spirit Week, which kicks off our Homecoming & Reunion celebrations has officially begun! Students are encouraged to dress up, showcase their NA pride and enjoy the celebrations, from grade theme days to class tournaments to supporting their peers in athletic games.
    Spirit week is an important tradition at NA that adds a sense of excitement and spontaneity to the days, giving students, faculty and a staff a strong sense of unity and fosters the support of the community as a whole.
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  • Senior Mountain Day, October 10, 2018

    Senior Mountain Day is an NA tradition where the senior class climbs one of the most beautiful ridges on Bear Mountain, eats lunch at the summit and returns to the State Park for a barbeque on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
    Students should bring rain/cool weather gear, wear sneakers or hiking boots and carry a small backpack. The seniors will depart after Morning Meeting and are scheduled to return by 7:30 p.m. A bag lunch and barbeque dinner are provided.
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  • 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

    Spirit Week Kicks off Homecoming & Reunion Celebrations

    NA’s annual Spirit Week, which kicks off our Homecoming & Reunion celebrations, begins Thursday, October 4! Students are encouraged to dress up, showcase their NA pride and enjoy the celebrations – from grade theme days, to class tournaments, to supporting their peers playing in athletic games. Spirit week is an important tradition at NA and adds a sense of excitement and spontaneity to the days. It gives students, faculty and staff a strong sense of unity and fosters the support for the community as a whole. 
    Spirit Week Schedule:
    • October 4: Red & Black Day/Tug of War
    • October 5: USA Day/Dodgeball
    • October 8: No School in Observance of Columbus Day
    • October 9: Crazy Hair & Clash Day/Knockout
    • October 10: No Spirit Week Activities; PSAT testing and Senior Mountain Day
    • October 11: Grade Themed/Newcomb
    • October 13: Grade T-Shirts/Ping Pong
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  • Music Faculty Benefit Concert

    A concert featuring the accomplished musicians who teach in NA’s after-school Music Lesson Program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Commons on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
    All proceeds from the benefit concert support student musicians in need of financial assistance for private music lessons.
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  • Academy Voices Enjoys Annual Fall Retreat

    NA’s select choral ensemble Academy Voices recently enjoyed their Annual Fall Retreat. The event is used for team building activities that were all planned by the section leaders of the group. The activities included Minute-to-Win-It, Lip-Sync Battle, Compliment Writing and a Scavenger Hunt. “The students worked well together and shared a lot of fun and laughs,” Choral Director Viraj Lal said. “The retreat was successful and enjoyable and I’m looking forward to a great year of making music!”
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  • 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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  • IB Extended Essay Night, September 27, 2018

    Parents, students and faculty members are invited to the senior IB Diploma candidates’ presentations of their IB Extended Essays. The event takes places on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Kaltenbacher Hall, where light refreshments will be served.
    Attendees are encouraged to engaged to engage with presenters and ask questions.
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  • NA Students Build Off Guatemala Service Trip

    After the impact of last year’s school trip to Guatemala as part of an Immersion Experience, Jack Snyder ’19 decided to organize a small trip to return this past summer.
    Along with two fellow NA students, Jack traveled to Guatemala independently of NA from July 28th to August 5th to continue their past work with the organization From Houses to Homes, building houses for the impoverished Guatemalan Community.
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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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  • William Corprew ’20 and Sophia Ludtke ’20 win Law Day Award

    William Corprew ’20 and Sophia Ludtke ’20 won the Law Day 2018 Competition held by the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey. With the theme of Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom, focusing on the case of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, William won the poster award for demonstration while Sophia won the essay award.

    “The most difficult thing was trying to find a concept because a poster board is usually very straight forward, but I wanted to do something that was unique to me.” William said. He took newspapers clippings and made it “pop out” with a welding mask. Sophia wrote an essay thinking about the case and its broader implications.
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  • Boys’ Cross Country Wins NA Invitational

    The boys’ cross country team won the NA Invitational this past Saturday, September 8, 2018. The boys dedicated the win to Upper School Principal Rich DiBanca, presenting him with the trophy at an Upper School morning meeting on September 14, 2018.
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  • Eight NA Students Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition Semifinalists

    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semifinalists for the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program and eight NA students made the list. To be considered for the award, Semifinalist must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalists round. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists and about half of the Finalists win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
    The eight seniors from NA are:
    Monique Iben
    Amit Kundra
    Sophie Licostie
    Unnathy Nellutla
    Anish Nuni
    Justine Seo
    Giulia Socolof
    Maxwell Yu
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  • Nathan Drogin ’22 To Play Nationals At Augusta

    Nathan Drogin ’22 has been playing golf since he could walk and this spring, he’ll get to walk one of golf’s most coveted courses in, playing a truncated version of the Masters Course at Augusta National in Georgia.
    Nathan qualified for the National Finals of the Drive, Pitch and Putt, which is played at Augusta National Golf the Sunday before the Masters Tournament on April 7, 2019. To qualify, golfers had to make it through three stages. Rather than playing a full round of golf, courses were shrunk to make it more like pitch and putt or a par 3 golf course.
    While Nathan had tried in years past, he had never made it through to the finals. “This was my first year making it past the second stage and then I actually won the third stage, so that was pretty cool,” Nathan said. Now, he will be one of 10 boys in the oldest age group, 14-15, in the Nationals at Augusta, which will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.
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    NA’s Ben Zimmerman won the 2017-18 Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) National High School Essay Contest, which is given to the best philosophical essays written by high school students. Along with being a member of PLATO, Ben is also a member of the American Philosophical Association, and the American Classical League, which inspired him to write his winning essay.

    Ben’s essay was a response to this year’s prompt, which was an epistemological case-study. His particular response was influenced by the anti-foundationalist approach of Otto Neurath.
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    Information booths and sign-up sheets for clubs and activities offered in the Upper School for the 2018-19 school year will be set up in the Wrightson Gym after school on Monday, September 17, 2018, starting at 2:25 pm. Students who are unable to attend the fair may still sign up for club(s) by sending an email to the student club leader, their advisor, or Dean of Students Pageen Galvin-Scott.
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    On September 5, 2018, current and new NA students, leadership and faculty members came together for Newark Academy’s 245th Convocation Ceremony. The annual Convocation Ceremony is a time-honored tradition that celebrates the momentous start of a new academic year while also allowing NA to recognize its long-serving faculty. Congregating in Rose Auditorium, everyone was dressed up for the occasion, with students and staff in formal attire while faculty members wore their academic gowns. Students stood for the formal profession of the Head of School, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, President of the Alumni Board of Governor, distinguished keynote speaker and faculty.
    Head of School Don Austin welcomed the students, reminding them to not stress too much over grades as one’s grades don’t necessarily equate to lessons learned since failure is an important part of the learning process. Board of Trustees Chairman David D. McGraw ’77 greeted students along with Student Council President Drew Flanagan ’19, who encouraged his classmates to not be afraid to ask questions to learn new things.
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    The much-anticipated field trip day is Friday, September 14. The annual event is one of the few times a year the entire grade - both faculty and students - get to bond as a whole group. Seniors will have an extended weekend to begin college visits. Below are the trip destinations for Grades 6-11:
    Grade 6: Sandy Hook
    Grade 7: Sterling Hill Mine
    Grade 8: Overnight at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp (departs September 13)
    Grade 9: Huckleberry State Park
    Grade 10: Philadelphia
    Grade 11: New York City Destinations
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  • New Committee-Based Community Service Council

    In an effort to streamline Newark Academy’s Community Service Program and provide more student leadership positions, Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer has implemented a new committee-based system to the Community Service Council as she enters her eighth year leading NA’s Community Service efforts.
    The Council is now be run by four committees – publicity, internal events, external events and education, and training and technology – that are responsible for planning and organizing specific parts of council business. Each committee has three or four members, the publicity committee must have a representative from each grade, and the training and technology committee must have at least one freshman.
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    Newark Academy’s Community Service Program will once again be represented on Overlook Foundation’s Junior Board in a leadership position. Tyler Kung ’19 — a board member last year — will be a co-chair for the 2018-19 school year, and he hopes to pass on his joy for the program down to the next class.

    “I had a great experience last year,” Tyler said. “I learned a lot. I met a lot of great people and I want this year to have the same experiences of meeting people that are professionals in the field of science and medicine while helping others.”
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  • Photography by James Blume ’19 and Aneesha Kumra ’20 Published in The Apprentice Writer

    “The Rain Shadow Effect” by James Blume ’19 and “Heading Out” by Aneesha Kumra ’20 were selected for publication in Susquehanna University’s 36th Annual High School Writing contest and will be published in the university’s print magazine The Apprentice Writer in Fall 2018. From hundreds of submissions received, the editors selected about 15 photos for publication. The winning images are forthcoming on NA’s Writing, Art & Music blog. Congratulations James and Aneesha!
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    Parents of ninth grade students are encouraged to attend a night devoted to learning about life in the Upper School. At this informative evening, parents of ninth graders will hear about academic expectations, extracurricular opportunities and the emotional lives of freshman as they transition into the Upper School. Presentations will be made by Upper School Principal Rich DiBianca, Dean of Students Pegeen Galvin-Scott and School Counselor Carol Spooner. The event will take place from 7pm-8pm in Kaltenbacher Hall on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
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    When Anthony Maldano ’19 decided to travel to Ecuador over the summer to work at local hospitals as the recipient of the Feinberg Travel Grant, he chose the South American country for two reasons: Aside from giving back to community in need, Anthony also got to visit the country that his parents and most of his family are from.
    “I volunteered at a public hospital in Quito that was very busy during my shift of 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,” Anthony said. “I spent the first few days helping out nurses in traumatology by cleaning and making beds, washing clothes, and doing rounds to check if any patients needed anything. By midweek, I started helping out in oral and maxillofacial surgery by cleaning equipment and distributing them to nurses and doctors.”
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    Parents of seniors are invited to learn more about the college application process at a roundtable hosted by the College Counseling Office. The discussion will take place at Kaltenbacher Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
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    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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    Members of both the Peer Leadership and School Council closed out summer with retreats to bond and come back with set goals and visions for the groups for this school year.
    Peer Leaders went on their annual training retreat at Pocono Education Environmental Center from August 22-24, where 16 senior peer leaders considered what it really means to be a role model in word and deed, developed active listening skills, learned to give constructive feedback to others and experienced the stages of group development and how to facilitate productive discussions.

    “The activities we did were good to get us to know each other and how compatible we are and we could find commonalities with people not in our friend groups,” Rahul Bendre ’19 said.
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  • August

    Back-To-School Celebrations

    Students and teachers are invited to celebrate the start of the new school year at the School Council’s annual “Welcome Back Barbeque,” on Friday September 7, from 5-7 pm. Along with hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream, the event features contests like tug-of-war, a whipped cream pie eating contest, pick-up games of volleyball, football, softball and frisbee, as well as music and dancing. 
    Prior to the BBQ, the Middle School students can enjoy several activities, including a pool party at NA for sixth grade, Roller Skating in Florham Park for seventh grade and athletic games to attend for eighth grade students.
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    The teachers have returned from summer vacation as they prepare for the upcoming school year. After meetings and classroom setup this week, NA will welcome back students for its 245th school year on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
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  • Jayden Zhou ’23 Represents USA NATIONAL YOUTH TEAM

    Jayden Zhou ’23 ended his summer on a high note by winning the Mini-Cadet Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open as a representative of the USA National Youth team in the World Junior Circuit competition. With his win, Jayden prevented a clean sweep of titles by Chinese Taipei, according to the International Table Tennis Federation.
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  • NA Community Service Quick Facts for 2017-2018

    Last year students continue Newark Academy’s Community Service efforts both in the hallways of NA and the surrounding communities.
    By the numbers… 
    • 12,388 hours served by the Upper School 
    • 4 boxes of Cotton Candy mix used at the first Newark Academy & Apostles house family picnic 
    • $279 raised for the Community Foundation of the US Virgin Islands for Hurricane Relief 
    • 1 Ethical Leadership Service Day for the 8th grade 
    • 15+ Hungry, Hungry Human teams of four willing to raise money for Covenant House NJ 
    • 70 dog and cat toys made for animals rescued from the 2017 Hurricanes 
    • 1 giant canvas mural stretched and hung in a local elementary school 
    • $200 raised for the Covenant House Newark 
    • 40 puzzles made by the 8th grade and during NA Serves for children in local hospitals 
    • 35 families invited to the annual Holiday Party 
    • 6 Pop Up Service Events 
    • 6th Annual Spring into Service Series  
    • 13 Student Leaders on the Community Service Council 
    • 20+ Middle School Service Events
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    On September 5, 2018, current and new students, NA leadership and faculty members will come together for Newark Academy’s 245th Convocation Ceremony and welcome Taffi Ayodele ’00, the keynote speaker. The annual Convocation Ceremony inspires NA students to connect with classmates as they begin the momentous journey of a new academic year.
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  • First Art Exhibit in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts is September 4 – October 8, 2018

    PAX Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kabuye, an exhibit of vibrant embroideries created by Rwandan artists will be featured in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts at Newark Academy from September 4 - October 8, 2018.  A reception will be held in the Teiger Gallery on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. The exhibit is comprised of elaborately rendered scenes of Rwanda’s culture, its people and the beautiful animals of West Africa. Bogota resident Juliana Meehan discovered the embroideries as a tourist to Rwanda in 2010 and curates the collection. In addition to showing the work, Meehan will share her stories of these artists and her experiences in Rwanda with Newark Academy students.  
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  • July

    Newark Academy Jazz Director Julius Tolentino Recipient of 2018 Jazz Education Achievement Award

    Congratulations Julius Tolentino on being selected as the recipient of the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) 2018 Jazz Education Achievement Award! His work with our students and Chameleon, NA’s Jazz Band, service to NJAJE, involvements with the Jazz Education Network are among the few reasons for his selection. 
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  • June

    Newark Academy’s Jazz Band Chameleon Placed Second in 2018 Essentially Ellington

    Congratulations to Chameleon for placing second in the nation at the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival! This is the fourth time Newark Academy has made it to the finals and the first time NA came in the top three. Taking the stage at Lincoln Center, Chameleon, led by NA's Jazz Director Julius Tolentino, brought the house down with their performances and our students captured the audience and wouldn't let go. The weekend's performances left us speechless and in awe of this inspiring group. 
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  • NA Choir Celebrates 14 Seniors

    Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and to the 14 choral seniors who have dedicated their high school careers to our choral program! 
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  • May

    2018 Commencement Speaker Announced

    Newark Academy is pleased to announce the 2018 Commencement speaker – Dr. Thomas Carew, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University. He will deliver the keynote address during Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Dean Carew is a neurobiologist who has done extensive original research on memory during a lengthy career that has included teaching posts at Yale University, Columbia University, the University of California at Irvine, and N.Y.U.  He is a distinguished teacher, researcher, and educational leader whose research interests center on the behavioral, cellular, and molecular analyses of learning and memory, and information processing in identified neuronal networks.
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  • Jack Snyder ’19 Wins Teen Ink Editor’s Choice Award

    The promise of every cobbled alley,” a short story by Jack Snyder ’19, earned Teen Ink  Magazine’s  Editor’s Choice Award for Fiction and was selected for the front page of the online issue. The story was also chosen for publication in the print magazine, which has a circulation of about 500,000 readers. Congratulations, Jack!
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  • James Blume ’19 Wins Award for Writing

    James Blume ’19 won the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award for Superior Writing for his personal essay, “The Illustrated Generation,” which responded to this year’s theme, “Changing the narrative” as well as his short story, “Rockface.” This year, schools across the nation nominated 462 of their top juniors to participate in the Achievement Awards in Writing Program. Of those, 227 were selected to receive Certificates of Superior Writing and 235 received Certificates of Nomination. In addition to this recognition, James has earned many other awards for his writing, including a Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Medal for Fiction for his story, “Are Rabbits Feet Really Lucky?” The NCTE entries were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style. Congratulations, James!
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  • 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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  • Chamber Music Concert, May 20

    On May 20, the Arts Department will present its annual Chamber Music Concert at 3:00pm in the Choral Room. The concert is free and open to the public is a celebration of some of NA's finest musicians as they share works of the great composers of the past 400 years! The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Karen Pinoci, our beloved cello teacher, conductor, friend, and colleague.
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  • NA Faculty Members Led New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) Workshop

    Twenty-seven attendees from more than four NJAIS member schools took part in an NJAIS workshop, "Leading from the Middle" for Department Chairs led by Newark Academy’s Science teacher and former Science Department Chair Nancy Celente, Language Department Chair Mary Lysinger and Humanities Department Chair Jeff Vinikoor. Department chairs play a pivotal role in educational leadership, yet as leaders "from the middle" they face unique challenges. At many schools, they are both colleague and evaluator, teacher and administrator. Using case studies as a springboard for discussion, this interactive workshop, led by current and former department chairs, helped attendees explore the contours of the role and identify the variety of skills required to succeed. "This workshop was excellent. The facilitators were knowledgeable and the flow of the day could not have been improved. It was top-notch," said an attendee about the experience. 
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  • Spring Dance Concert, May 24

    Join us on May 24 at 7:30pm in Rose Auditorium for the Spring Dance Concert, "For the Love of Dance." The evening features all dance classes as well as advanced/IB student-choreographed pieces. The show is family friendly and features a variety of music and dance genres including ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, and street jazz. Admission is free. Contact Yvette Luxenberg for questions.
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  • Samantha Parelli ’21 Earns Governor’s Award for Flash Fiction

    “Hotel Lobbies,” a short story by Samantha Parelli ’21 earned a 2018 Governor’s Award in Arts Education to be presented at an award ceremony and performance at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton on May 22. Samantha is being recognized for winning the Jersey Shorts Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Writers Theatre of New Jersey, a statewide prose-writing contest for students in grades 9-12. This year’s prompt was to give the complete life of a character in a 1500-word prose story and Samantha’s piece was selected by professional writers based on the following criteria: voice, originality, authenticity, sophistication, craft, intention, and successful execution. 
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  • Senior Rebecca Slater Earned Governor’s Award and More

    Violinist Rebecca Slater ’18 earned a 2018 Governor’s Award in Arts Education to be presented at an award ceremony and performance at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton on May 22. Rebecca is being recognized for her violin performance in the NJ All-State Orchestra. Rebecca also won an audition to Concertmaster in the All Eastern Orchestra. With the highest score among musicians from 11 states, she was First Chair when performing with this elite Orchestra in April 2017 in Atlantic City. Previously she was accepted into the 2017 New Jersey All State High School Orchestra and served as Concertmaster. Rebecca was also one of three Upper School violinists accepted into the New Jersey Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. To qualify for the All-State audition, she had to audition for, be accepted into, and perform with the North Jersey Regional Orchestra. Rebecca performed at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City during the NJEA Convention and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. This prestigious ensemble was comprised of New Jersey’s top high school musicians. Rebecca's award-winning performance was of Partita No. 2 Allemande by Bach.
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  • 2018 Immersion Night, May 17

    The Immersion Night for students who are traveling on faculty-led immersion and for students who have been approved for external immersions for the 2018 summer is on May 17. Students and at least one legal guardian are required to attend this meeting. The evening will begin at 7:00pm in Rose Auditorium where Dean of Students Pegeen Galvin will inform the families about the school rules and the responsibilities that the students assume when they travel on their immersion. At 7:30pm, we will transition to individual rooms based on programs. At these breakout sessions, leaders will review the itinerary, emergency cards, CDC website, State Department updates, etc., as well as discuss our final preparations. We will aim to finish the evening by 8:45pm.
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  • Middle School Play, May 10 and 11 at 7pm

    We are delighted to announce that this year we will be staging Romeo and Juliet, or the old you know I really love you, but my father really hates you blues on May 10 and 11 at 7pm in Lautenberg Black Box Theatre. This fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare's play tracks the star-crossed lovers and their cross-purposed families through the tumbling courtship to its tragic conclusion. Contact Elaine Brodie to reserve seats at ebrodie@newarka.edu. Admission is free.
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  • 2018 Ad Lumen Award Winners

    For the past five years, every spring, the Ad Lumen Award has been given to four seniors who, in the eyes of their peers and of the faculty, best represent the ideals expressed in the Newark Academy Mission Statement. While the award recipients often excel in the classroom, what distinguishes them is their commitment to enriching the Newark Academy community. In modest and purposeful ways, these students are often the backbones of clubs, sports, and classes; they pursue their passions with energy and focus, giving the best of themselves and bringing out the best in others. Congratulations to this year’s Ad Lumen Award winners Cosimo Fabrizio ’18, Melody Xiao ’18, Allen Zhu ’18 and Elliott Zornitsky ’18.
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  • Academy Voices Showcased Depth of Artistry in New York City

    Members of Academy Voices had a rich day of great singing in New York City as they participated in a series of masterclasses - a choral class with Dr. Brandon Williams of Rutgers University and a musical theatre class with Broadway actor Ben Fankhauser. They also witnessed theater magic at the matinee performance of “Once On This Island,” performed in large studios that famous and aspiring performers rehearse and audition in, had an enjoyable group dinner, and ended their night demonstrating their teamwork skills in the Escape Room. “The group sang beautifully, were open to suggestions and directions from clinicians, witnessed art performed at the highest level, built a stronger camaraderie with one another, and to top it off, they were all respectful, helpful and a whole lot of fun to be around,” said NA Choral Director Viraj Lal about the inspiring day. 

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  • Danny Lifson’s ’18 Artwork Featured at Coachella

    Senior Danny Lifson had artwork featured at Coachella as part of Portugal the Man’s Act! His art was featured in their recent Grammy Winning “Feel it Still” where Danny designed the art and animations on the three big screens, which displayed to a crowd of around 100,000 people. 
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  • April

    Women in STEM Careers

    Close to 30 students – including 23 girls - attended the panel discussion on Women in STEM Careers, hosted by a new student club, Supporting Women in STEM. Club leaders Stephanie Do '19 and Rebecca Dunayev '19 led the panel discussion as Zhihong An, Quantitative Analyst and Global Analytics at Alliance Bernstein, Ida Dunayev, Senior Director of Information Technology, Johnson and Johnson, Helen Eisenach, Scientist at M6P Therapeutics, and Klara Neginsky, Senior Director of IT and Information Security at UnitedHealth Group shared their experiences working in STEM field. They discussed what their typical days look like, gender discrimination in the workplace, advice for girls pursuing STEM careers and more.
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  • 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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  • Cabaret, May 5

    The 11th Annual Cabaret is May 5 in the Dining Hall. Featuring Newark Academy's Concert Choir, this wonderful one-night-only event is a tribute to the world of Broadway and Film. With a live pit band, costuming, staging, choreography, and lights, each performance is taken entirely to a new level. In true Cabaret Theatre fashion, food and drink will be served as you are marveled by the student performances. This is a family-friendly production, so we hope that you bring your friends and family to experience the magic that is CABARET 2018! Debra Ronan is the emcee and the show is directed/conducted by Viraj Lal. Doors and dinner at 6:15pm. The show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $14 (include dinner and show) and are available for purchase online at na.booktix.comTable seating is reserved and space is limited. It is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, however, tickets will also be sold at the door, pending availability. 
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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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  • Spring Choral Concert, April 18

    The Upper School vocal ensembles will be presenting their Spring Choral Concert on April 18 at 7:30pm in the Dining Room. The groups have prepared a wonderful evening of music to share with you all. Admission is free.
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  • March

    Chameleon and NA Big Band Earned Gold Ratings at NJAJE State Preliminary Festival

    Both Chameleon and the NA Big Band performed in the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) State Preliminary Festival before Spring Break. NA was one of five schools that hosted a preliminary event with 45 bands in total participating. Chameleon and the NA Big Band both received a gold rating -  the first gold rating for the NA Big Band, who also has the third seed going into the finals in late April. NA also received all four soloists’ awards: Samantha Powell ’18, Reid Christmann ’18, and Allen Zhu ’18 from Chameleon and Jacob Tolentino ’24 from the NA Big Band.  Chameleon also received the best sight-reading award and the outstanding rhythm section award. The finals will take place at Burlington High School on April 28 at 5:00 pm.
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  • Charles Mingus Festival and Competition, April 22

    On April 22, Chameleon and the Newark Academy Combo will perform as finalists in the Charles Mingus Festival and Competition. This is a national competition, which will have programs from Colorado, Oregon, Oklahoma, and New York. They will be performing on the Rutgers Newark Campus at the Great Hall. The combo performs at 9:00am and Chameleon at 1:45pm. The event is open to the public.
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  • LumeNAtion Shines at the ICHSA Semifinal!

    Newark Academy’s a capella group, LumeNAtion, recently competed in the International High School A Cappella, Mid-Atlantic Semifinal at Northern Highlands High School. This was their second time advancing to this round and out of nine groups at the regional semifinal, LumeNAtion came in fourth place behind two groups from Northern Highlands and one group from Appomattox HS, a Performing Arts Magnet in Petersburg, Virginia, who placed first. NA also received special recognition when Samantha Powell '19 received the Outstanding Soloist award. The Art Department extends our sincerest gratitude to the community for their support at this big event – and appreciated the cheering section, filled with members from the NA community.
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  • NA co-hosts the Annual Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival

    On April 14, in partnership with Lincoln Center, Newark Academy will be holding a non-competitive, education-focused festival designed to offer high school jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers. NA will be one of fifteen locations across the country hosting a festival and fifteen different groups will come from all over New Jersey and New York State. Chameleon will be closing the festival with special guests.  
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  • NA Instrumental Musicians Accomplishments

    Violinist Pravan Chakravarthy ’21, cellist Ivy Xie ’21, French hornist Leah Shiff ’22 and cellist Colin Tsay ’23 (who was also accepted into and will play in the New Jersey All State Intermediate Orchestra) played a concert of challenging repertoire with other top musicians from the area as part of the North Jersey Junior Region Orchestra at Northern Valley, Old Tappan High School. Additionally, clarinetists Andrew Zhang ’22 and Leah Shiff performed with the Junior Region Band and oboist Ruthie Gu performed with the All-State Band. 
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  • NA Jazz Stars To Play at Benefit for Newtown Families

    On April 13, from 7:30-9:30pm, NA’s jazz ensembles will perform in one concert in Rose Auditorium to raise money for families affected by the Sandy Hook Shootings five years ago. Several distinguished guests will perform as well, including saxophonist Jimmy Greene and guitarist Dave Stryker. Please see Mr. Tolentino for tickets, which are $10. All proceeds go to the Ana Grace Project. The concert is dedicated to Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, a first-grader who was a victim of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Ana’s parents are close friends of Julius Tolentino, Newark Academy's jazz director, and like many like many of the families, they have gone on a mission to prevent gun violence and to promote love and community.
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  • NA Student Musicians Will Perform in Region Jazz Band

    Michael Wang ’20 made second chair on the alto saxophone for the High School Region Jazz Band and Shivan Kundra ’23 made second chair trumpet for the Junior High Region Jazz Band. They will be performing at Sparta High School on April 22 at 3:00pm.
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  • NA students Earned 2018 Scholastic National Gold Medals

    Three Newark Academy students — two writers and one photographer — earned 2018 Scholastic National Gold Medals. Gillian Cohen ’19 won for her photograph, “Miles and the Birds.” Ezra Lebovitz ’18 won for his poetry collection,”’Cracking My Knuckles in Public,’ ‘The Grass Enters’ and ‘Champagne.’” Ava Sharahy ’20 won for her poem, “M.” This is Ava’s second national medal. Last year she earned a Silver Medal in Flash Fiction for her story, “Hero to Three.”  Of nearly 350,000 Scholastic entries this year, less than 1% earned National Medals. Gold Medalists will be honored at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. Congratulations, Gillian, Ezra and Ava!
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  • Dr. Sue Mi Terry to Present at Global Speaker Series, April 3

    On April 3, the NA community will welcome Dr. Sue Mi Terry as part of the Global Speaker Series. Dr. Terry joined the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) as a senior fellow for Korea after a long and distinguished career in intelligence, policymaking, and academia following Korean issues. Prior to CSIS, she served as a senior analyst on Korean issues at the CIA from 2001 to 2008, where she produced hundreds of intelligence assessments—including a record number of contributions to the President’s Daily Brief. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and mission support, including the CIA Foreign Language award in 2008. Click here for more information about Dr. Terry.
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  • NA Choir Students Made Music at Regional and Eastern Levels!

    Congratulations to choristers Claire Dempsey ’18, Christine Pan ’18, Melody Xiao ’18, Jessica Zheng ’20, Haniya Cheema ’21, Nikhil Kumra ’22, and Mason Kung ’22 for their acceptance and wonderful performance with the American Choral Directors Association All-Eastern Honor Choirs! Melody, Christine, and Jessica sang with the High School Honor Choir, Claire sang with the Women's Composer Repertoire Honor Choir, Haniya, and Nikhil and Mason sang with the Jr. High Honor Choir. All three performances were of the highest caliber.  Additionally, congratulations to Jessie Luo ’22 and Evan Bulan ’23 for their acceptance and performance with the North Jersey Region Mixed Honor Choir. All of these Honor Choir opportunities provide invaluable experiences for our students, which are brought back into our program at NA. 
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  • NA Model Congress Awarded at Penn Model Congress

    Members of NA Model Congress spent part of their spring break at the PENN Model Congress and at this four-day governmental simulation, NA’s 15 delegates garnered 13 impressive awards under the leadership of Ms. McNeilly-Anta '93, Ms. Speck and Christopher Davis '12.
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  • LumeNAtion featured on Acaville Radio tonight, March 12

    LumeNAtion will be featured on Acaville Radio’s talk show “Competition Countdown” tonight, March 12, at 8pm EST! Tune in at Acaville Radio or download the free Acaville Radio app in the App Store. The segment will re-air on March 17 at 9am and 9pm EST.

    On March 24, LumeNAtion will be performing in the International Championship of High School A cappella (ICHSA) Semifinals. Click here to purchase tickets.
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  • February

    Cancer Awareness Club Hosts Toy Drive

    NA students in the Cancer Awareness Club are hosting a toy drive to support the Valerie Fund Children at Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital from February 26 – March 9 and need your help! They will be collecting new toys in the front foyer and the Middle School entrance. 
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  • Chameleon Does it Again!

    Congratulations to Chameleon for being one of 15 finalists for the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival! This is the fourth time Newark Academy has made it to the finals. Known as the "Super Bowl" of Jazz Band Competitions, the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival will be held May 10-12, 2018.

    Click here to read more on WBGO.org. 
    Click here to learn more about Essentially Ellington. 
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  • Photography Class Creates Recipes

    As an introduction to narrative photography, our Upper School digital photography students were given the task of photographing a recipe of their choice. This experiential lesson challenged the students to illustrate their recipe from the ingredients to final product. Click here to see their amazing work.
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    Norbert Leo Butz, the original lead actor of the Broadway Musical Big Fish, attended the musical rehearsal on February 12 to meet our cast, observe some of their rehearsal, and talk about his experience in the show. Norbert is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the shows Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He also played leading roles in Rent, The Last Five Years, and Big Fish to name a few. He also is a major character in the TV series Bloodline.
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  • Success at Panasonic Creative Design Challenge Preliminary Competition

    NA’s Panasonic Team performed very well at the preliminary competition, amassing 80 out of 84 points in our best run. The team will continue on to the final competition in April. The Panasonic Creative Design Challenge is a premier science and technology competition where the engineering and technical skills of New Jersey high school students are put to the test. The end goal? To create a robotic device that can withstand the difficulty of a demanding course.
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  • 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announced

    Twenty NA students across five grades earned 47 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the following categories: art portfolio, comic art, critical essay, drawing/illustration, flash fiction, painting, personal essay/memoir, photography, poetry and short story.
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  • NA Equity and Inclusion Team presents "Into the Red Zone: Student Voice at NA"

    The Equity and Inclusion Team's upcoming Diversi-Tea, which is on February 15, from 2:30-3:15pm in Kaltenbacher Hall, will be centered around the idea of open discourse on topics typically silenced or considered "taboo." Possible topics may include socio-economics, freedom of expression, or even the use of comedy as both a coping mechanism and invalidation. As always, these DiversiTeas are open to all NA student and faculty/staff members, and having a respectful but honest conversation remains our primary goal.
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  • 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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  • Chameleon and Jazz Combo Make it to Mingus Festival

    Newark Academy Combo and Jazz Band “Chameleon” have been selected as a Finalist in the 10th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition. The judges were very impressed with the level of performance of our students and delighted by the integrity and heart they demonstrated. The Finals of the competition will be held in celebration of Mingus’s 96th birthday on April 22 in Newark. Click here to read more. 
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  • Special Guest Joining Big Fish Rehearsal

    Norbert Leo Butz, the original lead actor of the Broadway Musical Big Fish, will attend the musical rehearsal on February 12 to meet our cast, observe some of their rehearsal, and talk about his experience in the show. Norbert is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the shows Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He also played leading roles in Rent, The Last Five Years, and Big Fish to name a few. He also is a major character in the TV series Bloodline.
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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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  • Celebrate NA! NAPA’s Annual Event, February 24

    Join us at NAPA’s Annual Event, Celebrate NA, on February 24 at 7pm at the Morris Museum. The evening includes entertainment by NA’s Chameleon, silent auction, raffle and more! Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.  
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  • Science Summer Internship Evening, February 22

    Upper School students can learn more about possible summer internships and mentorships at the Science Internship Evening on February 22 at 7pm in Kaltenbacher Hall. Parents and alumni who are interested in providing science internships or research opportunities may contact Nancy Celente at ncelente@newarka.edu.
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  • The Winter Musical Big Fish, March 3 - 2pm, 7:30pm

    Because of the weather, the performance on March 2 is canceled. There will be two performances on March 3 - at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets from March 2 will be honored on March 3. 

    The NA Arts Department is excited to present the Winter Musical, Big Fish, based on the classic Tim Burton movie of the same name. This larger-than-life musical tells the tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life - according to the stories he has told his son, Will. When Edward’s health begins to decline, Will visits his father and embarks on his own journey to find out who he really is, revealing the man behind the myth and discovering the truth from the tall tales. 
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  • January

    An Eye-Opening Club Activity

    Students in the Newark Anatomy Club learned how the parts of the eye function and how vision operates through a hands-on activity. Working in groups, they applied their knowledge in biology, physics, anatomy, and physiology to dissect a cow’s eye and gain a deeper understanding about human vision by drawing similarities between the cow and human eye. They also honed their problem-solving, laboratory, teamwork and communication skills.
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  • LumeNAtion advances to ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Semifinals

    Congratulations to LumeNAtion for their first place win at the ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals on January 27! The group competed against seven high schools’ a cappella groups and advanced to the Semifinals, which will take place on March 24 at Northern Highland High School, to compete for the title of Mid-Atlantic Champions with the hope to advance to the Finals. Additionally, Sammi Powell ’19 won the Outstanding Soloist Award and LumeNAtion will be featured on Aca-ville Radio in the next few weeks. More details to come on this radio feature.
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  • NA’s Quiz Bowl Teams Score at Contest

    Newark Academy students, coached by Faculty Advisor Norm Schafler, brought home trophies on January 20, when they competed at their first contest. The questions included the topics of Literature and Language, Arts and Entertainment, History and Geography, Science, Sports, Math, and more. The A team made it to the semi-finals, where they lost by a one-question margin. In addition to placing third out of 52 teams, our A Team won the North Jersey division of the competition.  The team the A team lost to in the semi-finals was Newark Academy's B team, which went on to the finals, where they, unfortunately, lost a close match. 
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  • Dr. Michael Avaltroni to Speak about Pharmaceutical Field, January 25

    On January 25, Dean of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy Dr. Michael Avaltroni will talk to students about healthcare options and developments and research in the pharmaceutical field. Click here for more information on Dr. Avaltroni. 
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  • Charlotte Alter ’07 Wrote TIME Magazine Cover Story

    We're so proud of Charlotte Alter '07 for her TIME​ Magazine cover story, which highlights first-time female candidates who were inspired to run for office by the Women's March one year ago. Click here to read the story. 
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  • Cheer on LumeNAtion in the International Championship of High School Acappella (ICHSA

    On January 27, LumeNAtion is competing in the Mid-Atlantic ICHSA Quarterfinal to compete for a chance to advance to the semi-finals. The event takes place at the Grunin Center for the Arts at 7:00pm. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for Students. Click here to purchase tickets and to learn more about the event. 
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  • 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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    The David Teiger '47 Gallery for Studio Arts features the artwork of professionals and students in exhibits that change each month, but in the month of January we come together as a community and create works of art based on a common theme. Students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents submitted work, made in various mediums, which are on display in the Teiger Gallery until February 9. An art reception is on January 17 at 3pm. 
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  • A STEMtastic Trip Offered in June

    We will be running the 3rd STEM trip to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) this year from June 13-19, 2018. Our focus will be Marine Ecology and Conservation and the course will feature daily lectures from BIOS scientists, exploration of different marine habitats around the island, daily snorkeling trips, and independent research projects. The trip is open to current sophomores and juniors that are comfortable swimmers. Please email Kristin Duszak at kduszak@newarka.edu for more details including course goals, cost and application timeline. Please note that there may be some IB program conflicts.
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  • All that Jazz!

    Trombonist Reid Christmann ’18 has made the GRAMMY Big Band for the second consecutive year and will be part of an 18-piece big band comprised of some of the most talented high school jazz musicians in the country. Allen Zhu ’18 and Teddy McGraw ’20 made it to the finals of the audition process, out of hundreds of student musicians across the country.  
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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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  • Talking Science at Rockefeller University

    On January 6, a group of NA students spent the day at The Rockefeller University campus, exploring why and how mosquitos hunt humans and explain the use of revolutionary CRISPR techniques that may prove to be a solution for stopping the transmission of diseases like malaria and Zika. The annual event is designed to engage students through interactive presentations and lectures led by world-class faculty in an area of current research being conducted at the University. 
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  • NA Serves: A Day on, Not a Day Off

    The Third Annual NA Serves will take place from January 6-21, 2018 and will celebrate both the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service and the generosity of spirit demonstrated by the NA community. The Community Service Council and Middle School Community Service Club have organized a variety of service opportunities and events to serve many of the organizations we work with locally throughout the year, with a special focus on the impact of national disasters. Click here for a list of events. (All events are subject to change. Check the Community Service bulletin board for updates.)
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