2018

  • February

    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.

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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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  • SPECIAL GUEST JOINED BIG FISH REHEARSAL

    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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  • Save the date for The Winter Musical Big Fish

    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. The show dates are March 1, 2, 3, at 7:30pm in the Rose Auditorium. Tickets are available at the NA Store for $12 each. General Admission.
     
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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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  • 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 15TH ANNUAL NA COMMUNITY ART EXHIBIT IS "INSIDE OUT"

    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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