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About all things NFA, and published in the Sunday edition of the Norwich Bulletin, NFA World is a regular column written by Geoff Serra,  Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Check back regularly for a new posting.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NFA Students Gain Career and Life Experience in Many Ways


Last week, business teachers Penny Walczyk and Linda Farihna’s classes traveled to Mohegan Sun Casino for some real life business experience. The Introduction to Business Class, which has been working with a retail-based simulation, was able to make the virtual real by partnering with a variety of retail stores to see business concepts in action.

Students partnered with Puma, Yankee Candle, Lux, Bond & Green, Ben & Jerry's, Tommy Bahama, Elemis Spa and several business to witness the realities of  purchasing, inventory, staffing, merchandising and promotions in each retail store.
The Business Management Projects class also met with the Mohegan’s Public Events Manager. In addition to learning about how large-scale events such as BBQ Fest attract various target markets, the students participated in a simulated opportunity to plan an event for Mohegan Sun to draw in a new crowd or appeal to a new market.

These experiences were complimented with a tour of the convention center and arena and  a complimentary buffet at Seasons. NFA’s Associate Director of Communications & Public Affairs and Webmaster, Nicholas Bolt accompanied the group for the day.

Consumer and Family Science Conference

Consumer and Family Science Janet Gilette’s Individual and Family Development class which grants college credit through the Early College Experience program at the University of Connecticut participated in the 9th annual College Career Pathways Conference on the Storrs campus. Three groups of students generated interesting presentations aligned with the main theme this year, "Celebrating the Year of the Family.”

Senior Heather Barber, and uppers Kellse Ericson and McKenzie St.Germain presented "Parenting as a Single Parent”; seniors Nicole Coughlin, Forrestt Krug, Kelsey Miles, and Victoria Rae presented " A Discussion about Home Schooling.”

Seniors Christine Cocheo, Anna Curry, Kaylee Flowers and Morgan Smith presentation "Is College Necessary Today?" won an award for best original research.

Culinary Arts

Janel O’Neil’s culinary arts students have also been busy putting their talents to use in the community. Students baked 13 pies for the New London County 4-H Foundation Auction, April 25 and 26. This is the third year the Culinary Department has donated pies; buttermilk, apple, blueberry, and lemon meringue are this year’s donations.

Culinary arts students will cater the Norwich Public Schools Education Foundation Art Auction and Dessert Tasting Event in the Atrium. Desserts, including, Carrot Cake, Caramel Cheesecake, Key Lime Cake, Lemon Brownies, Grasshopper Brownies, Apricot Empanadas and Dark Chocolate Cookies are a few of the offerings along with coffee and tea.

Norwich Public Schools Education Foundation Art Auction and Dessert Tasting event takes place, 6-9 p.m., April 26, in the Atrium. The Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that provides grants to Norwich public school teachers.  The auction features the work of Bill Diodato, a Norwich native and nationally acclaimed photographer, as well that of other artists with Norwich ties including Merrill Park Keeley, Gabe Lipman, Marge Izbicki and Zach Turner. Work by NFA, Norwich, and Norwich Tech art students is also featured.

Job Interviews

Late last month, NFA’s Business Club and Etiquette Club held a joint panel discussion about interviewing "do's" and "don'ts".Four members of the business community from Shop Rite, Minuteman Press, American Ambulance, and the Connecticut Tigers shared insights into the interview and hiring processes and broke into small groups to answer specific questions and provide advice. Lower Kevin Wu volunteered to participate in a mock interview and dis an outstanding job.


Live Theater

Ninth grade Zeta Unit teachers Kelley Coull (social studies),  Sandra Donovan (English),  Megan Frayne (science), and Colleen Nieto (mathematics), Rosalie Nogiec (school counselor), and Deb Rodino (study skills/reading)  accompanied 80 students to Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven to see the world premiere of These Paper Bullets!, a modish, 1960’s themed adaptation of  William Shakespeare’s  Much Ado About Nothing (adapted by Rolin Jones, songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, and directed by Jackson Gay). After their exposure to live, professional theater the group students enjoyed an historical tour of Yale University and dined at Yorkside Pizza.


Suicide Prevention Week

With funding from the Norwich Suicide Prevention Alliance and the Norwich Prevention Council, NFA with other local high schools is participating this week in a suicide prevention initiative. There will be information, broadcast announcements and tips, displays, and ribbons and help cards. Signs will be posted in lavatories and classrooms on campus about seeking help.
At 7 p.m., April 21, at the Rose City Senior Center the Norwich Suicide Prevention Alliance will hold QPR (question, persuade, refer)training), open to students, parents, and anyone else interested in learning  about how to help someone who may be suicidal. Just as CPR can save a life so can QPR. No registration is required. Over 341 students, staff, faculty and community members have been trained in the last 4 months.
The week will end with the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Walk at Fontaine Field, 9 a.m.-noon, April 26.

FINAL THOUGHT: A Chinese proverb says, “The harvest of a whole year depends upon what you sow in the  springtime.” 

Posted by serrag on Sunday April 20 at 09:18AM
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