NSA has established many cherished traditions that help promote a sense of community and provide continuity from generation of students to the next. From Convocation to Commencement, the year is filled with events and celebrations in support of our students’ artistic, athletic and academic achievements.
Convocation: This all-school assembly officially celebrates the beginning of the school year.
Senior Luncheon: To kick-off their senior year, students join the faculty, staff and administration for a celebratory back-to-school luncheon prior to the first day of school.
Senior Social: Members of the Senior Class enjoy breakfast items at break on the first day of school, hosted by NSA’s alumni coordinator.
Honor Council Assembly: Upper School students pledge to uphold the Honor Code at an assembly at the beginning of each school year. A guest speaker presents an inspirational message as part of the program.
Club Fair: Held at the beginning of the school year in the Cafeteria, this event allows students to explore their options and join clubs that pique their interest.
Homecoming Week: This exciting October event provides a week of spirited activities where students dress-up each day to match a different theme. The classes also compete in a hall decorating contest. On Friday, the advisories are paired with Lower School classes or Middle School advisories to participate in games and/or spirited crafts, followed by an all-school pep-rally where the Homecoming Court is introduced and the Homecoming King is announced. At the evening football game, the Homecoming Queen and Princess are announced and several alumni activities are held on-campus. On Saturday evening, a dance is held on campus for Upper School students.
Ring Dance: Sponsored by the Senior Class in honor of the juniors, this festive event is held in early December. During the evening, members of the Senior Class salute the juniors with poems before presenting them with their class rings.
Norway Exchange Program: Since 1991, NSA has participated in an exchange program with two schools in Moss, Norway. In the fall, Norwegian students visit NSA to learn the culture by living with families, visiting local attractions and participating in school classes. NSA students then travel to Norway during Spring Break to reconnect with the student that they hosted and experience the Norwegian culture.
Junior/Senior Prom: This spring dance is a formal affair that is hosted by the juniors in honor of the seniors.
Day of Caring: Advisories partner with local organizations for this annual spring event. Students spend the entire school day giving back to the community by performing various tasks, such as cleaning, organizing, oyster reef restoration, removing litter and debris from parks and other maintenance or administrative tasks.
Senior On the Road Reunion: In the spring, the alumni coordinator surprises the Senior Class by taking the students on an unannounced field trip. They receive NSA alumni T-shirts and enjoy a day of fun activities like laser tag or miniature golf, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
Upper School Awards Ceremony: Held in the spring for students and parents, this program celebrates the accomplishments of Upper School students
Senior Day: The families of seniors are invited to attend this special morning program that is held in May. The celebration begins with a brief ceremony around the flagpole in front of the school and then transitions to the Thomas W. Johnson Gymnasium in the Beazley Center. The class president presents a farewell message and members of the class share the class history, a senior poem and a class song. Following the program, a collection of photos and video clips from senior year are shown. The seniors are then welcomed as the newest members of the NSA Alumni Association.
Commencement: The ceremony takes place on the front lawn of the Upper School, weather permitting. The NSA Band plays “Pomp and Circumstance” as the procession marches out of the front doors of the Upper School. Two marshals from the Junior Class lead the way, carrying banners identifying our founding year and the graduating class, followed by the head of school, a guest speaker, the Board of Trustees, faculty members and the Senior Class. After speeches and the presentation of awards and diplomas, the faculty leads the recessional and forms an aisle to applaud the new graduates as they exit the ceremony and gather in front of the Upper School for a celebratory hat toss.