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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, October 19, 2014

NFA Hosts Students from Italy

Beginning this weekend, students taking Italian at NFA are hosting student visitors from Italy for an almost two week visit, Oct. 18-30.  Visiting students will work with World Language teachers, take field trips, or attend class with their NFA hosts. 

The program, similar to one several years ago, is coordinate by NFA Italian teacher, Katherine Cannamella, who has returned to the classroom this year after a year of study in Italy.
The Italians are from Liceo Torelli in Fano, south of Venice on the Adriatic Coast.  During their stay here, the visitors will have several special academic workshops – social studies teacher Henry Laudone will take them on a walking tour of Native American sites; English teacher Geoffrey Serra will teach poetry sessions; Environmental Science teacher Heather Bothelle will offer instruction about natural biological habitats; and Slater Museum personnel will conduct a bi-lingual scavenger hunt in the galleries. 
NFA’s Italian 4 students will meet with the Italian visitors twice to teach one another about the truth and falsehoods behind American and Italian stereotypes.  The group will travel to New York to visit the Intrepid Museum, the 9/11 Museum, and Ellis Island.  Trips to Boston and a visit to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum are also planned.
NFA students participating in the program include seniors Dylan Crider, Rassia Fonseca, Cora Houff, Sarah Messick, Kelli O'Malley, and Haley Truken; uppers Bryant Campos, Carson Hunter, Rosa Conte, Marissa Fitzgerald, Natalie Grayson, Kristina Jacobs, Lauren Jacobs, Shannon Lathrop, Cassidy Martinez, Sabrina Messier, Mariah Rogers, Quinn Sinay, and Madison Spader;  lowers Kelsey Allen-McQuade, Luke Briggs, Heather Cook, Karley Crawford Christina Formiglio, Alyssa Friedrich, Isabella Fusaro, Ryerson Hill, Margaret Lewerk, Alexandra Seaward, and Tiara Wheeler;  and juniors Nathan Cherenzia, Jordan Lake, Carter Ward, and Spencer Whelan.

Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Presentation

History and social studies teacher, Erik Flaucher received a scholarship to study abroad in Morocco this past summer in the University of New Haven’s Global Classrooms and Cultural Connections for 21st Century Learners. 

With 12 other educators, Flaucher took part in an intensive four-week immersion program, “Morocco’s Bountiful Perspectives.”  In addition to studying Modern Standard Arabic language, the group also learned a great deal about Moroccon topics including culture, education, social life, politics, history, and Islam and Arab-Muslim civilization.

The the educators developed and plan to distribute curriculum materials to their schools and districts.
Flaucher and his Fulbright-Hays colleagues are hosting an event, 6:30 p.m., October 23, in the Ensemble Room of the Frank Center to share their experiences.

The evening will explore Moroccan and North African culture.  The group will screen a short multimedia “digital diary” of their experiences and share cultural artifacts from their trip.  The event is free and open to the public.  All guests will be served traditional mint tea and almond cookies.

Spirit Week

This past week leading up to Homecoming was spirit week at NFA.  Students participated in a variety of activities and contests leading up to a pep rally to end the week.  The week began with the traditional “dress-up” days:  Tuesday was Americana Day; Wednesday was College Sweatshirt/T-Shirt Day; and Thursday was Twin Day. 

Participants registered in the cafeteria at lunch time to earn points for their class in a spirit competition, and each day, the Cat Shack sponsored a drawing to win NFA apparel for those who registered.
By Friday’s Red & White Day, the tone had changed from low key participation to enthusiastic, active display.  To complement red and white apparel, students painted faces and spray-dyed hair red and white in spirit sessions in the Atrium and cafeteria before school and in the cafeteria during lunch. 

Lucky students caught and wore red and white beads tossed by campus safety officers between classes. 
But the highlight of the day was the Wildcat photo booth on campus.  Students could have their picture taken with the NFA Wildcat.  The festivities concluded with a pep rally at the end of the day on Friday.

Arts Open House Today

Today, 1-3 p.m., in the Sydney Frank Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, visual and performing arts teachers are hosting a Meet & Greet for Prospective Students & Parents.

Students interested in learning about a four years arts education at the Academy will have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students and visit facilities, to learn about the arts at NFA.
In addition to the visual and fine arts, students can learn about vocal and instrumental music, dance, and drama on one of two high school campuses in the United States with a full time, professionally staffed museum open to the public.  Learn more on line at
For the full NFA arts experience, participants are invited to attend the free public opening reception, 2-4:00 p.m., of the 2014 Renaissance in Pastel National Exhibition in Converse Art Gallery.
FINAL THOUGHT: A Moroccan proverb says “Do not correct with a strike that which can be taught with a kiss."

Posted by serrag on Sunday October 19 at 09:37AM
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