Latham Lot Receives a Facelift
Despite the heat, humidity, and rain, summer projects on campus are proceeding as scheduled.
Major work includes work on the north end of campus in the Latham parking lot by the North Entrance on Broadway. Excavation and site work for a smaller campus safety building, like the one at the South (Main) Entrance on Crescent Street, is taking place. This smaller building will monitor morning and afternoon pick-up traffic and allow for more customer service during school hours, when most traffic is directed to the Visitor Check-In Station at the South (Main) Entrance on Crescent Street.
Last year, campus safety officers oversaw this entrance during school hours on foot and from a small enclosed golf-cart vehicle in wet and cold weather. The new structure will give them more humane working conditions, and will slow vehicle traffic in a pedestrian dense environment.
Dedicated brick sidewalks are being installed to integrate areas on the north end of campus, including Levanto House, with the rest of campus. The entire Latham lot will have a new, dressed-up look by the beginning of the school year.
The project has given NFA the opportunity to extend branded signage onto the interior of campus, so look for the style and design of NFA’s main sign on the corner of Broadway and Crescent, and on the other signs at the North and South Entrances to begin to be reflected throughout campus.
From the Latham lot the consistently branded building signs will move across campus in another phase of signage upgrades.
Light Posts Go In
A second major facilities project underway is the installation of permanent lighting of the NFA turf field. Last year, the Academy rented lights for the month of October as a trial to extending the use of the turf field for night games, practices, and events. Last March, the Trustees, contracted with Musco Sports Lighting, LLC, an award winning industry leader in the design and manufacture of sports-lighting systems, to install NFA’s first permanent field lighting.
Much of the preliminary work has already been completed, and foundations have been poured and are curing for pole installation. The project is scheduled to be completed by August 23, and the field remains closed until completion.
NFA’s first game under permanent lights on home turf will take place on September 19 against the Old Lyme Vikings. Look for upcoming details of special programming before, during, and after the event which will be broadcast live. It promises to be a celebration for the city, all NFA fans, and the history books.
New Ways of Display
Two other facilities projects are underway. An additional 40 classrooms will have new interactive White Boards, leaving fewer than ten instructional spaces on campus without this newest technology.
Large flat-screen wall displays are being installed in each building and the cafeteria for visual communication of announcements and messages. Each sign will have quadrants allowing for common campus wide messaging and building specific messaging. Digital signs will usher in a new era in campus wide communication.
Summer at NFA 2014
About 45 seventh and eighth graders are on campus this week in the second session of Endless Opportunities. Those young people are participating in activities including hometown history, acting and improv, yoga, rocket construction, and CAD modeling.
They join hundreds of other students on campus as NFA Summer 2014 is in full swing. From engineering camp for young women, and enrichment opportunities for entering NFA 9th graders and for rising tenth graders, students are on campus improving, preparing, accelerating, exploring, training and conditioning.
It’s not too late for entering ninth graders to register for one new program Wildcat Beginnings, a week of orientation to becoming a NFA Wildcat, 8:30 a.m. – noon, August 18-22. Students have the opportunity to explore “a new you in a new school,” collaborate with upper class mentors, learn their way about campus, become familiar with high school expectations, skills, and strategies, and participate in a public service project.
The program coincides with individually scheduled pre-school parent conferences. To register go to www.nfaschool.org/summer. There is no fee for entering 9th graders.
The Animal Heart Exhibition, a special invitational show featuring the work of thirty Connecticut artists focusing on the relationships between animals, humans, and their environment, is in the Converse Art Gallery until August 10.
To coincide with the exhibition, the Slater Museum held a Gyotaku Workshop, July 8, attended by about 45 adults and children. Goytaku is the traditional Japanese style of painting with fish. Its pure form is produced by applying pigment to fish and using them make prints.
Slater’s workshop conceived by Director Vivian Zoë and volunteer Beth Troeger, employed plastic fish, and participants produced both prints on paper and t-shirts. On hand were Friends of Slater Board Members Sadie DeVore and Carol Amedeo to help. It was an entertaining and fun workshop event.
Look for NFA World again on Sunday, August 3.
FINAL THOUGHT: A Swedish proverb says “A life without love is like a year without summer.”