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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, February 22, 2015

Cast Announced for Spring Musical

The cast of the spring musical “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” has been announced.  Female principles are senior Mallory Gagnon; and juniors Guada Benoit, Corrybeth Laflamme, Caroline Mercier, and Katelyn Vanlanen. 

Male leads are seniors Nicholas Avalos and Corey McCaslin; uppers Jarvis Delisme and Benjamin Rust; and lowers Craig Blake, David LaFontaine, and Caleb Rak.
The ensemble includes seniors Reuben Deglin and Tengzen Kunga; uppers Odanice Olibrice, Nithya Prakash, and Joelina Whitford-Anthony; lowers Sydney Bond-Cavanaugh, David Fontaine, and Elise Vanase; and junior Chelsea Northup.
Rehearsals are underway for the show which will be presented 7 p.m., April 24 and 25, and 2 p.m., April 26 on the Millicent Disco Hallan Stage in Slater Museum. General Admission is $10, ($7 with student ID), and $3 for seniors and children under 12.

Guidance News

This is a busy time for school counselors  and students as planning for the next school year is underway.  Exploring Opportunities Week is over, and students are finishing up their course selections for next year.  In addition to entering their selections in Power School, students also pass in a schedule sheet in homeroom. 

The deadline for entering information into PowerSchool has passed, but any student who has not entered his or her choices should do so immediately at
Counselors this week begin meeting with eleventh graders and their parents in individual 45 minute Student Success Plan meetings.  All eleventh grade families have received letters from the Academy with a scheduled appointment. Parents should enter the main campus through the South (Main) Entrance on Broadway and stop at the Visitor’s Check in Station, where they will be expected, directed to nearby parking, and given directions to their counselor’s office. 

Any eleventh grade family who has not received a letter may contact Guidance Office Administrative Assistant Michelle Danieluk at 425-5601 or at
Student success plan meetings will also take place for lowers and juniors after the eleventh grade is completed.  If parents are unable to attend, students will bring materials home to share and approve.
The meetings review each student’s progress, including graduation credits, course selections, and achievement.  The group looks at short term and post high school goals, including college or career plans.  Each student received a copy of the 2015-16 NFA course catalog.  Page 14 presents a good four year planning tool for students and families to use for pre-meeting planning.
Counselors are also working to plan NFA’s College Fair, March 19.  Students with a good four year success plan will be prepared to make the most of this opportunity.  More information soon.

Supplies for Kenya

Amnesty International Club has begun their annual collection for American Friends of Kenya, Inc. (  This local, non-profit organization ships library, school and medical supplies to Kenya. NFA’s student group, like the global movement Amnesty International, seeks to protect human rights and campaigns to stop injustice.  Often that action is in the form of aid.
Amnesty International at NFA will be collecting school supplies such as backpacks (used for mobile libraries), writing utensils, learning workbooks and children's books; sports supplies such as balls (especially soccer), baseball bats and gloves; toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes (including child sized), toothpaste, wash cloths/hand towels, and small musical instruments such as maracas and tambourines.

Students, staff and teachers may bring their donations to several locations on campus, but those in the public may drop off their contributions to the Visitor’s Check In Station at the South (Main) Entrance on Broadway.  Each small donation has a huge impact on the lives of Kenyans.

Off to Canada

Over a dozen students embarked early yesterday morning for a trip with Pamela Fischer World Language teacher for a three day adventure in Quebec City where they will practice their French and see the city sites.

Outside of the city they will tour the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, visit the Montmorency Falls, take a guided tour through the Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel), go dog sledding, spend an evening at a Sugar Shack, and snow tube at the Valcartier Winter Park.  This trip for many is the first time on foreign soil.

On the trip will be upper Zihao (Martin) Wang; lowers Jocelyn Augmon, Alexander Browning, Molly Canon, Mikaila Dobrowski, Tara Fontaine Shayna Gelfond, Ashley Hunt, Christopher Schultz, and Shannon Stewart; and juniors Mackenzie Gaulin, Cynthya Gluck, Aidan Miller, and Tai Youngs.
FINAL THOUGHT:  Pat Conroy says “Love has no weapons; it has no fists. Love does not bruise, nor does it draw blood.” 

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