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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.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


Don’t Forget Summer Reading

As the days of summer count down and Labor Day approaches, Students are reminded that at NFA, summer reading plays an important role in preparing for the new school year. 

For NFA Wildcats,back to school reading is as much a necessity as back to school shopping. Students still have ample time to complete their reading obligation before school begins. 

Entering 9th graders, rising lowers, and uppers have great latitude to choose titles meaningful to them. Students entering honors, AP courses, and Public Speaking have specific title requirements, and seniors coordinate their summer reading with the English elective in which they have enrolled. 

For more information, lists of required titles, and links to suggested reading for young people, go to www.nfaschool.org/summerreading


Pre- School Conferences

Members of the Class of 2018 and their families have the opportunity to visit campus and meet with teachers prior the orientation for 9th graders, 7:25 a.m. – noon, August 27. 

In individually scheduled fifteen minute conferences, students receive their schedules and unit assignments, briefly review the entire ninth grade program, and tour the Cranston building. Parents will receive unique identification codes to establish a Power School account and the newest edition of the Ninth Grade Parents’ Guide: Welcome to the Next Four Years.

It includes important information about the daily and yearly schedule, attendance, food service and NutriKids, contact information, grading, and all kinds of other information and suggestions to make the transition to high school seamless.

Pre-school conferences will take place 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., August 20 and 21, and 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., August 22. Call the Cranston House office at 425-5771, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., to schedule an appointment.


Wildcat Beginnings

This week, also, about 35 entering ninth graders have chosen to participate in a new program for entering 9th graders, Wildcat Beginnings, 8:30 a.m. – noon. These students will have a week long experience of introductory activities with upper class mentors and NFA staff; they will learn about technology at NFA, and gain an insight into every aspect of the NFA way, including participation in community volunteerism. 

A pilot program, it is intended to explore a broadened orientation experience for ninth graders. Bradlaw House Principal Bryant Sheldon, Student Affairs Executive Assistant Laura Howe, and Project Outreach Coordinator Jodi Vara are overseeing this new initiative.


Back to School information

Registration information for students in NFA’s partner districts and tuition students is available on the website. A homepage pop-up will direct you to all the information you need to register and begin school.

There also find important notifications and instructions. Important dates to note are ninth grade orientation, August 27 (noon dismissal,); opening day for all NFA students, August 28 (noon dismissal); and first full day of school for all students, August 29.

Look for a mailing from Head of School David Klein soon, and following mailings about registering for national school lunch, and verifying emergency and outreach contact information through SchoolReach.


NFA Art Teacher Launches Graphic Novel Project

Founder of Skinwalker Studios, Justin Rosen, NFA art teacher on the Sachem Campus, has brought his graphic novel Monsterwood to Kickstarter, the crowd sourcing on-line platform. 

A concept design artist, Rosen collaborated with award-winning illustrator Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy, Dungeons & Dragons). and with two-time Emmy winner, Louise Gikow (Disney, Jim Henson Productions)on this first of three planned graphic novels.

Monsterwood, a 60 page volume, tells the story of Jovis, a scrappy, independent young commoner, and the Princess Jocosta, a willful heir to the throne, as they journey into the dark and forbidding forest known as Monsterwood, to uncover long buried secrets of murder and betrayal. They are challenged by maniacal monsters, fanatical fiends, and sinister forces.

“As creator of Monsterwood, this is not 'just' a graphic novel property. It has taken a few very talented people and me years to hone and perfect. It is a classic 'coming of age' story about our heritage, our destinies, and our legacies. And – of course – it's filled with gnarly monsters, epic battles, and mythic themes of Good vs. Evil,” Rosen explains. “If you love all things Harryhausen, Henson, Star Wars, and all that 70's and 80's heart and soul storytelling goodness of those times, then you will love this series.”

This is not Rosen’s first venture outside the classroom into the field of mass media. As a creature/character designer, sculptor, puppeteer/performer, he has done special effects work for NBC/Universal, Paul Gerrard, Chiller Channel, Synthetic Cinema, Side-Fx Studio, Swamp Ape Studios, Fonco Creative, Directors Wes Craven, A.D. Calvo, Colin Theys,and others. 

The students in his art classes are regularly enriched by his expertise and creativity.

Learn more about Rosen, Skinwalker Studios, and Monsterwood at skinwalkerstudios.com.

FINAL THOUGHT:  Andy Warhol says, “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

Posted by serrag on Sunday August 17 at 07:06AM
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