May 23, 2013
From the Superintendent -Major (Ret.) Jeffrey Coverdale
Open/Closed Weekend: This weekend is Senior Weekend and is also an open weekend. Cadets may begin departing campus after their last final exam is completed on Thursday or Friday. All cadets are reminded they must return to campus no later than noon Sunday to prepare for the Senior Parade at 2 p.m. The bus transporting cadets back to campus from the train station Sunday the 26th will depart at 11:15 a.m. There will be no other bus to transport cadets back to campus. All cadets, to include day cadets will remain on campus overnight Sunday to prepare for the Cornwall Memorial Day Parade Monday Morning at 9 a.m. All day cadets can be released immediately after the parade Monday.
PA Wet and Wild Activities: Immediately following the parade Monday, the PA will have their annual Wet and Wild water activities for the cadets from 1 to 4 p.m. next to the outdoor pool. The activities will include a water slide, the inflatable obstacle course and several other fun water activities.
Discovery Week Activities: Parents are reminded that Discovery Week Activities are regular school year class activities that, while they do offer our cadets the opportunity to engage in activities outside of the normal classroom, are a mandatory school year attendance activity. Cadets are not exempt from these activities and are expected to be on campus and participating, in order to complete the school year.
Contact Personnel: Just a reminder to parents that your messages and questions are important to us. To insure you get appropriate responses to your questions, concerns, or messages in a timely manner please remember to send your emails to or contact the following staff members:
All academic concerns Terri Madaia Registrar and Admin assistant, ext. 4262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Reeves, Guidance/College Placement Counselor, ext. 4244 or email@example.com
John Phillips, Dean of Academics, ext. 4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Advisors (see contact info page/directory on website)
All Corps and /or attendance concerns
Assistant Commandant, ext. 4232 or email@example.com
All appointments (on or off campus) and /or medical concerns to the Nurse ext. 4236
May Festivities: The school year is quickly coming to a close and parents are reminded that cadets must finish the year in good standing in order to complete the academic school year. The remaining activities for the month of May are listed below. , one of the busiest months at NYMA is almost upon us. There is only one open weekend in May (the 25th) as the cadets have several mandatory and key events in May. We ask that parents please review the calendar and avoid planning anything, or scheduling appointments on the weekends in May, other than the 25th. In most instances, cadets will not be allowed to miss mandatory events. Some of the key events in May are as follows:
20-24 Final Exams week
26 Senior Parade (Mandatory for all Cadets)
27 Memorial Day Parade and senior Furlough (Mandatory for All Cadets)
28-30 Discovery Week, Spring Sports Awards Dinner and Ceremony
31 Middle School Graduation, Senior Academic Awards, Senior Dinner
Remember if you have any questions concerning your son/daughters health, safety or welfare during their stay here at NYMA please feel free to contact their individual TAC Officers, at 845-534-3710 and the following extensions:
Jones Barracks (Male Cadets A Company) ext. 4274 - Staff Sgt. Shelly Brockington
Jones Barracks (Male Cadets HQ & Battalion Staff) ext. 4278 CPT Jon Edwards
Jones Barracks (Male Cadets Grades 7&8) ext. 4276 SFC James Haynes
Pattillo Hall - All Female Cadets) ext. 4243 SGT (NYMA) Heather Benninghoven
From the Academic Dean/Headmaster -Mr. John Phillips
This week cadets have been taking final exams. The last day of final exams is Friday, 24 May. Students may leave campus to go home after completing their last final exam provided they have clearance from the Commandants Office. All students must return to campus for the Senior Parade on Sunday, 26 May. Following the Memorial Day weekend, all underclassmen will be participating in Discovery Week. If you have any questions about Discovery Week please contact Terri Madaia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The NYMA Honors Convocation & the 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony will be held in the Chapel on Friday, 31 May at 12:30 PM. All parents and friends of NYMA are welcome to attend. Commencement will be held on Saturday, 1 June at 11:00 AM. The ceremony will take place on the Quad provided the weather cooperates. In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be moved to either the Gym. Direct inquiries about the Honors Convocation and Commencement to Terri Madaia (email@example.com)
We have arranged for Follett representatives to be on campus for two days to buy back books from students. They will be stationed in the Mess Hall on Thursday, May 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Friday, May 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students who are renting books will also have the opportunity to return them on those days as well. No money will be given to students on that day. Checks for return amounts are mailed home, directly from Follett. Please note that any student who has received books from their school district must return the books to the school district. Do not allow your child to return them to Follett.
Fourth Quarter grades will be available to parents on Friday, 24 May. These grades are not end-of-the-year (or final) grades. The Fourth Quarter grades represent the progress made in the final quarter of the academic year. The end-of-year grades (together with the spring final exam grades) will be available at the end of the month. As a reminder, a yearlong course is made up of two semesters, and each semester made up of two quarters and a final exam grade. The final course grade for a yearlong course is the average of the two semesters. A final grade for a one-semester course is a combination of the two quarters (80%) and a final exam (20%).
News in Brief from the Academic Office
SAT, ACT & PSAT News: Any questions about the SAT or the ACT should be directed to Ms. Reeves. ()
Discovery Week: Any courses needing payment and/or parental permission forms need be returned to the Academic Office as soon as possible. Questions can be directed to Ms. Madaia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From the Athletic Director -Mr. Les McMillen
The bus will depart from NYMA on Friday, May 24th at 3:45pm. There will be a bus transporting cadets back to campus from the Beacon train station on Sunday, May 26th 11:15am.
If you have any questions about the location of any of our away games please do not hesitate to contact me on the directions. My cell phone number is 845-401-0185.
Softball Poughkeepsie Day Away Lost 22 6
Baseball Wooster School Away Lost 14 6
Lacrosse Cornwall Club Home Won 5 3
Boys Tennis Marvelwood Away Lost 8-1. Zachary Bodner led for the Knights (10-4).
Girls Tennis Marvelwood Home Won 5-2. Leading the Knights were Ashley DelMissier (10-0), Eva Zaydman (10-4), Jessica Zelikovich (10-1), and Julie Litvin/ Ekeely Lew (10-4).
Lacrosse HVAL Championship Home Storm King School Lost 9-5
Girls Tennis HVAL Championship Away Wooster School Lost 5-2. Leading the Knights were Ashley DelMissier (10-0) and Eva Zaydman (10-6)
Athletic Banquet at 6:00pm
From the Parents Auxiliary President -Michael Regan
The Parents Auxiliary will be holding its annual Memorial Day Water Fun Day after the Memorial Day Parade. All parents and siblings are invited to attend, and parents are encouraged to chaperone if they can.
We will have a 100 foot downhill water slide, an 85ft inflatable bouncy obstacle course, loads of water guns and lots of fun from 1pm-4pm. Bring your bathing suit and suntan lotion!