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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, December 21, 2014

Marine Science Program Flourishes

Recently, the Norwich Sunrise Rotary made a donation to the marine program, and members of the group were on hand to visit classes, meet teachers and students, and learn about the sea creatures and projects students care for and advance daily. Rotarians saw first-hand how their funding would support science education at the Academy. They also learned about how NFA students are regularly monitoring water quality in Norwich Harbor.
Marine and environmental sciences are of growing interest to students. At NFA numbers of students take courses like Going Green, Introduction to Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Marine Technology, Coastal Studies, Ocean Science and Technology, and Oceanography. Students learn major scientific concepts, principles, processes and skills while also learning the content of marine and environmental science.
Many of the courses have the support of Project Oceanology, located at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point Campus, in Groton. “Project O” offers students a science-rich experience with access to a natural marine environment with hand-on experience in Enviro-labs.
Marine science teacher Seth Yarish was an original participant in the founding of Project Oceanology, and he continues to be an active researcher. Last month, Yarish presented at the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative Summit in Woods Hole, MA.

Over 150 educators and scientists listened to Yarish and a colleague explain about incorporating fisheries management into the high school curriculum. Their presentation was developed in collaboration with Dr. John Mandelamn, senior scientist at the New England Aquarium in Boston.
NFA science teacher Ryan Czaja and his Marine Biology class have been showcased by Piscine Energetics, a sponsor of their efforts and studies. The class has expanded a variety of new systems in the classroom, including a small coral reef; seahorses, small sharks, jellyfish, and an octopus will be added in the near future.

Czaja and the marine science team are hoping to create interactive systems such as the peppermint shrimp tank so students can observe and touch creatures like shrimp, anemones, or sharks.
Czaja seeks to continue partnerships with organizations and businesses in support of the program. In addition to Rotary and Piscine, he is thankful to KP Aquatics, SeaWorld Orlando, Brine Shrimp Direct, Mystic Aquarium, and many others for their efforts to assist NFA’s program to educate about marine conservation and restoration.. His ultimate goal is to represent NFA at an international conference call Regional Aquatics Workshop (RAW) in Monterey Bay, California in March.

Business Students Learn Economic Principles in College Visit

Students in business classes and the Business Club with business teachers Walczyk and Christopher Wilson visited Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Current Bryant students and NFA alumni Shannon Fowler, Ronnie Tavares, and Dan Pisolowski spoke to students about college life before a tour.
Professor Teresa McCarthy delivered a lesson about supply chain management, and students participated in a simulation called "The Root Beer Game” playing the roles of retailer, wholesaler, bottler and manufacturer.
After lunch, students graphed and compared results with corporate executives who had also participated in the simulation. The exercise helped to see the cause, effect, and cost upon a supply chain of a lack of information and poor communication, focusing specifically upon panic over-ordering and increased costs.

Season of Giving

The NFA community is celebrating their collective contributions to the United Way Mobile Food Pantry which distributes foodstuffs on campus the third Thursday of each month. Through teamwork, dedication, and commitment, NFA adult volunteers have provided basic human needs to alleviate hunger and food insecurity.

The figures are impressive. In the month of October, 128 households, representing 233 adults, 183 children, and 98 seniors, received assistance amounting to 4,626 meals.

Project Outreach Spreads Cheer

Project Outreach students made 200 ornaments to brighten the holiday of residents at Norwichtown Rehabilitation and Care Center and Pendleton Nursing Home in Mystic. Students also went to Norwichtown Rehab to make cards and sing carols.

Weather Related Delays, Closings, and Early Dismissals

Weather related late school openings are 2 hour delays. Weather-related early dismissals will be 12 noon. NFA’s policy is to have school each day of the planned year; however, severe weather can compromise safety. NFA tries to coordinate with the Norwich Public Schools and accommodates partner districts. NFA also notifies students and families with a telephone, an e-mail, and a website posting. Notification is also given to local media.


December 23 is an early release day at noon. School is closed December 24 through January 2; classes resume, January 5. Campus safety staff will be on campus as normal, and any special activities will take place as scheduled. Slater Memorial Museum will be open, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, and 1 -4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with the following exceptions: 12 noon closing, December 23 and 31, closed all day December 24 and 25 and January 1 and 2.
FINAL THOUGHT: Ruth Ann Schabacker says, “Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.”

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