This academic year, we welcomed ten cadets into our first Early College Program. These cadets come from diverse backgrounds ranging from Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, to our very own Cornwall. The Early College Program, in collaboration with SUNY Orange, offers students the unique opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. They can potentially earn up to 14 credits upon graduation. In order to qualify for the Early College Program, cadets must have a minimum GPA of 90 for juniors and 85 for seniors. For more information, please contact Lydia Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teachers and students have been working diligently to finish the entire first semester curriculum. Mr. Lemon’s 7th graders are learning about how the framers of the United States government worked to ensure that the people’s voices are heard. They are also examining how some people were excluded from having their liberties protected and how those injustices have been addressed over time.
His 8th grade students are continuing to learn about the age of American Imperialism. They studied the causes and effects of the Spanish-American War and American Imperialism in Asia.
Mr. Anderson’s American Government students are looking at some important documents to examine their impact on how we view our rights. For example, they read Lucy Stone’s letter saying that she will not pay her taxes until women were given the right to vote. Students also read a little about Oveta Culp Hobby, who helped create what would become the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. She also served in President Eisenhower’s cabinet.
Scholars in U.S. History have been evaluating the alternatives available to the government after the Civil War and studied early efforts to help newly freed slaves across the South.
Psychology is finishing up our study of memory by looking at the Seven Sins of Memory; the most common reasons memory fails us. In doing so, students were able to trash Mr. Anderson’s attempt at a magic trick which tries to take advantage of memory problems. Darn it. These kids are too clever, sometimes.
Mr. Langan’s English 10 classes read the classic science fiction story, The Cold Equations, and then engaged in an extended conversation about the ethical challenges confronting the story’s protagonist. This led to a discussion of further examples of these sorts of situations which culminated in a debate about the proper course of action in Star Trek’s famous “Kobayashi Maru” scenario. Students thoughtfully explored the proper response to a simulation that is designed to place its participants in a no-win situation. Star Fleet awaits!
As preparation for their final essay of what has been a truly writing-intensive class, students in College English learned and reviewed the list of logical fallacies to be avoided in constructing a successful argument. This included extensive discussions of examples of each fallacy. Holiday dinner debates are about to become much more entertaining.
-Maria Reeves, Dean of Academics
Students in Mrs. Harrell’s Math 2 class have been learning about distance-time graphs. As a culminating experience, students had to plan their own 10-second video and create the accompanying graph.
The cadets aren’t the only ones at NYMA that play basketball. Our team of robots will soon be ready to shoot some hoops! During the building process, Cadets Maldonado and Kasujja have shown exemplary teamwork.
Students in Ms. Furnia’s Biology class are learning about plants and photosynthesis by playing “the plant game.” While she wishes she could take credit for having created this game, she is actually making use of the resources developed by the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers. This organization has created resources to help support the education of New York students since its inception in 1989. The students had a ton of fun and became very competitive while learning.
Her Earth Science class is learning about weathering, erosion, and soil development. Their lab experience this week allowed them to model physical and chemical weathering by using sugar cubes to represent rock. The students even got creative and made a small winter wonderland with the “rocks” after all the weathering was complete.
Her Forensics class is learning about the different techniques and measurements that are enlisted by scientists to figure out how long a person has been dead. They have been practicing using qualitative data such as lividity and consideration of environmental conditions such as location, weather, and clothing. They are learning how time of death is predicted based on rigor mortis and body temperature. Students are also learning some basic forensic entomology where scientists calculate time of death by looking at insect activity in a corpse. This might be their most gruesome chapter yet!
Before Ms. Dong’s Mandarin class left for Thanksgiving, she had all of her students make thank-you cards for their families in Mandarin. Each leaf says something that they were grateful for like their families, teachers, friends, etc. This was such a beautiful and thoughtful exercise.
-Maria Reeves, Dean of Academics
The New York Military Academy prides itself on the 5 aspects of its quality education:
1. A sense of place where adolescents are asked to take responsibility for themselves and their community.
2. A conservative environment where we teach students to be proud of their careful attention to detail in every aspect of their lives.
3. Experience with authentic, collaborative problem-solving every day.
4. Many opportunities for mentored leadership training in operations, entrepreneurship, discovery, learning, and creative expression.
5. A balanced approach to education which develops mind, body, and character every day.
Contact Admissions today and find out what sets our cadets apart.
To achieve Honor Roll status, students must have an overall average of 85 with no grade below 80.
Students on Honor Roll for this past marking period are:
Justin Bonsu, Jaylen Davis, Jolin Edmondson, Isabel Espinar-Sanchez, Bill He, Alex Hu, Thomas Koumas, Jakai Lester, Noel Maldonado, Sean Ren, Cathy Xu, Joseph Xu, and Jason Zheng.
To achieve High Honor Roll status, students must have an overall average of 90 with no grade below 85.
Students on High Honor Roll for this past marking period are:
Joshua Antoine, Roberta Bjornman, Evan Bobal, Ariel Farzanne, Ethan Hassane, Alex Huang, Zuzanna Kulinska, James Thierer, Yafei Wen, Serena Yang, Robin Zhao, Judy Zhou, and Eric Zhu.
Last Tuesday, Earth Science continued learning about minerals by making their own “hot solutions” by combining borax and boiling water. They created their own ornaments with pipe cleaners by suspending them in the liquid to allow crystals to form. They discussed how to replicate the slower cooling inside the Earth that allows the formation of the largest crystals. For this reason, students insulated their project under a towel. This project actually uses a mixture known as suspension and not a true solution.
The Entrepreneurship class taught by Mr. Sargent recently presented their projects discussing businesses that have closed or gone bankrupt. They needed to research the reasons for the failure and include news articles and photos. Cadet Leilani Lopez discussed why Blockbuster failed while Ariel Farzan chose to speak about Pan Am Airlines.
Mr. Sargent’s Business class was asked to research a hotel they liked and to give information about the hotel’s history, location, and revenue. They also had to describe what they found interesting about their hotel of choice. Then they were asked to come up with an idea of what their own hotel would be like. Students needed to include photos and articles for the existing hotel as well as photos that represented their own ideas. Cadet Janis Katlaps proudly presented his business idea for a hotel that will bear his name.
The Global Citizenship class did a presentation on modern day slavery. They had to choose a country and explain why it either did or did not have examples of modern slavery. They needed to describe the laws that protected people and the non-enforcement of those existing laws. Cadet Yafei Wan and Cadet Ellie Martinez chose China as their country to discuss.
The Spanish 1B class is currently working on the food unit. This will be just in time to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday of “Dia de los Muertos”. They will learn the traditional aspects of the celebration, its origins, as well as vocabulary about food and parties. Students will make decorations and sample Mexican dishes.
Students in Ms. Dong’s class worked hard to learn a beautiful song in Mandarin which she recorded. Here is the 2-minute clip: nyma.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Singing.m4a
Students in Mrs. Harrell’s Robotics class are finishing up projects using the robot’s touch sensor. Each group created their own project and grading rubric.
American Government students in Mr. Anderson’s class have been learning more about voting and elections. Scholars were asked to present ideas on how to increase voter participation. Ideas ranged from allowing online voting to lowering the voting age to throwing a really fun party for all voters. Next students will do some research on the upcoming elections.
U.S. History has been studying the first few Presidents of the United States and learning about the traditions that were set in the early days. Mr. Anderson is leading our scholars to join the historical debate, raging for 203 years, about whether the United States or Great Britain won the War of 1812.
Psychology students are in the midst of learning about learning. This has included in-class experiments, watching clips from “The Office”, and dipping into the Advanced Placement curriculum. For the next two weeks, our scholars, including their teacher, will be using behaviorism to try to make positive changes in their own habits. Mr. Anderson has already told the students that he will use this opportunity to start running again. Let’s see if it works!
Things are moving along at a brisk pace in Mr. Langan’s College English class whose students just took their midterm exams! Since the class is a college-style course, it’s already the midpoint of the semester. Students have just turned in substantial essays summarizing reviews of their favorite movies; they’ll be writing reviews of those movies next. In preparation for Halloween, the class has decided to watch a scary movie; the challenge for Mr. Langan is finding one no one in the class has seen! (Not to mention, one that isn’t too scary for him.)
Meanwhile, students in his Sophomore English class have taken their latest vocabulary exam. They’re complementing the growth in their vocabularies by continuing to write regularly. They’ve read selections from writers including Santha Rama Rau, Tobias Wolff, Stephen Vincent Benet, and Saki. Soon they’ll be starting George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984.
Students in Mr. Lemon’s 8th grade History class are drafting their own legislation for NYMA. Some of the bills take on issues like cadet reveille and limits on punishment. No surprise there! His 7th graders are dissecting the Declaration of Independence in order to take a deeper look at the document that founded our country.
Please welcome the following new faculty members to our NYMA family! To find out more about them, please visit nyma.org/people/faculty/.
Yesterday the new school year kicked off with the first official day of classes!
We are excited to announce that we are in the process of reviewing applications for our brand new Early College and Postgraduate Programs at NYMA for September and January.
Our integrated academic programs allow scholars the opportunity to earn up to two years’ worth of college credit in a disciplined, structured, and safe environment. Several classes are taught by college faculty, many of whom hold Ph.D.’s in their field of study. During this yearlong study, scholars also participate in school-wide outings, academic events, SAT prep, and special field trips that are not offered to the general community.
The Early College Program is open to exceptional 11th and 12th graders enrolled at NYMA while the Postgraduate Program is open to recent high school graduates seeking to boost their college application while taking a gap year. Partial scholarships are available for day or boarding options.
For more information or to apply, please reach out to our Program Coordinator, Lydia Chan, at email@example.com.
The Academic & Athletic Awards Ceremony and Dinner took place in the Curie Dining Hall this past Friday, June 8th.
Congratulations to all recipients!