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Sunday Night Reminder - January 22, 2023
This is an A Week, with Wednesday classes A-D.
Monday, January 23, is an early release day for students at 11:55 am while our faculty takes part in professional learning. 
Attention all students in grades 9, 10 and 11
It is that time of year when you will begin choosing your courses for next school year! You will receive all of the information and resources you need to begin preparing for course selection during the Community Meeting session January 25. Course selection will begin January 31 and will close February 8. Exploring Opportunities Day will take place Wednesday, February 1. Stay tuned for more information.
Important info for 9th Graders!
The 9th Grade Career Expo is this Wednesday! You’ll have the chance to explore career pathways you selected to learn more about and help you pick what types of classes to take next year and beyond. During the Career Expo (scheduled for B & C channels) on January 25, you’ll be assigned to three sessions where you’ll meet up to five professionals from that pathway who will share information about their job, training, challenges and rewards of working in that field.  
Students: be sure to check your email on Tuesday, January 24, for your Career Expo schedule. If you have any questions, please reach out to your school counselor or to Mrs. Lauzier in the  Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College & Career Center.
Order your yearbook now! 
The 2023 yearbook is for sale. Go to to order your book. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get the "book of the year" as it tells the complete story of all the happenings on our campus for 2022-23! The books have to be preordered to ensure that you have a book reserved for you! Books will be distributed in June before the last day of school. See Mrs. Fitzgerald in room 7223 if you have questions.
Free meals ending January 31
Thanks to pandemic-related funding, we have been fortunate to have the resources to provide all of our students with free meals in our cafeteria. That funding ends January 31. Beginning February 1, we return to the pre-pandemic rules, which means free meals will only be provided to those who apply and are accepted into the free and reduced meal program. All other students will be charged accordingly. For more information, including how to apply, click here
Last chance, seniors! 
This is the last month to get your formal senior portrait done for the 2023 yearbook. Go to to reserve your appointment! The dates are January 23, 24, 26: 10 am to 6 pm; and January 25, 27: 8 am to 2 pm. This is the only way to have your portrait with your class in the yearbook. Yearbook ID photos are not used and you cannot use a photo from a different photographer. See Mrs. Fitzgerald in room 7223 if you have any questions.
Smiles on the Move is back!
Smiles on the Move will be coming to NFA in March. This free UCFS program is for student dental cleanings during the school day. Please pick up your registration forms at the Medical Center. This is open to all students. Questions should be directed to the Medical Center at 860.425.5551. 
Class of 2025 fundraiser!
NFA's Class of 2025 is sponsoring a fundraiser through Boon Supply. The company carries a wide range of items from wrapping paper, kitchenware, reusable totes, and more! Order directly online through the following link and 40% of sales will benefit NFA's Class of 2025. The items you order will be shipped directly to your home. The deadline to order is February 10, 2023.
NFA Playshop presents Kodachrome
Playshop returns to the Slater Auditorium stage January 27 and 28 with the winter production of Kodahchrome. Showtime is 7 pm each night. Tickets and more information are available online at
Playshop Musical Auditions
Auditions for the 2022 NFA Spring Musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, will take place Monday, January 31. Auditions will run from 2:30 to 5 pm, though students may leave as soon as they audition. Students who receive a callback will return Wednesday, February 1. Prepare for your audition using the information at Questions? Email Mr. Trostler at
LAS Links 2023 for students classified as English Learners 
Students in grades K-12 identified as English learners are expected to participate in the LAS Links testing. LAS Links measures a learner’s proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English. LAS Links scores identify students who meet exit criteria. 
Students who score a 4 or 5 on Reading, Writing, and Overall will exit classification, effective fall 2022. Testing Schedule
  • February 1: Grade 12 
  • February 2: Grade 11
  • February 8: Grade 10
  • February 9: Grade 9
Prior to testing, students and can take a practice test att: 
Should you have questions, please contact the Diversity Office or Multilingual Learner Coordinator, Regina Vose at
Dance Company Auditions
Auditions for the NFA Dance Company will be held Tuesday, March 21. All the information you need to know can be found here. Questions? Email
Golf meets 1/24
There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 24, at 2:20 in room 2118 for all boys and girls interested in playing on the NFA golf teams this spring. The meeting should take 30-40 minutes. Please contact Coach Howard at with any questions.
Spanish Club meets 1/24
The Spanish Club will meet Tuesday, January 24, at 2:30 pm in room 7101. Questions? Email
GSA meets 1/26
Looking to try out a new club in the new year? Always wanted to come to GSA but couldn't make it work? Join us for the first GSA meeting of 2023! The meeting will take place Thursday, January 26, at 2:15 pm in room 7301. All queer folk and allies welcome. Please reach out to Mrs. McKelvin ( or Dr. Sears ( with any questions.
Boys Volleyball Info Session, 1/26
There will be an information session for anyone interested in boys volleyball on Thursday, January 26, at 2:30 pm in the Norton multipurpose room (4202). Please reach out to Coach Orszulak with any questions at
Softball meets 2/2
For those interested in trying out for the softball team this spring, there will be a pre-season meeting on Thursday, February 2, at 2:30 pm in room 2135 (Mr. Walsh's room). Please make sure to attend this meeting as important details about trying out will be announced. Any questions can be directed to Coach Jaskiewicz at
Boys lacrosse meets 2/3
A pre-season boys lacrosse meeting will take place Friday, February 3, at 2:15 pm in room 2209. This meeting is for all new and current players who are considering playing lacrosse in the spring. The coaching staff will talk about pre-season conditioning dates, required equipment and the coming season. The meeting will end by 2:45 pm. 
The Cat Shack is ‘hiring’!
If you have a study hall during C, E, F, G or H channel in semester 2 and are interested in working one day a week in the Cat Shack, please stop by the campus store during lunch or room 6102 to pick up an application. Working in the Cat Shack is a great way to learn new skills, build your resume and make new friends!
Event photos available
Pictures of all NFA events photographed by Legacy Studios are available online for purchase. It’s easy to see and do. Go to and enter the online code 3540E23. Choose your group, enter your email and view the images!
Host families needed
Looking for a unique experience that provides a generous monthly stipend? We are currently seeking families who are interested in the joy of hosting an international high school student who will attend NFA. For more information, complete this form or contact Kelby Chappelle, our student recruitment coordinator, at 860-425-5603 or
News from the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College and Career Center
Visit the Anne Mitchell College and Career Center, Room, 1221
Open hours: 7:15 am – 2:45 pm, Mon.-Thurs.; 7:15 am – 2:00 pm, Fri.
Drop by or make an appointment with the Career Resource Specialist, Mrs. Lauzier, or email
​What's Next for Me - 9th Grade Career Expo​
​Attention 9th Grade Students! NFA will be hosting our first What’s Next for Me 9th Grade Career Expo on Wednesday, January 25, from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. The What's Next for Me Career Expo will offer 9th-grade students an opportunity to learn more about career pathways they might be interested in and will provide students with the knowledge to make more well-informed decisions about NFA’s course offerings based on these interests. On the day of the 9th Grade Career Expo, students will participate in three sessions where they will hear from speakers from career pathways that they self-select. In each session, students will hear from a diverse group of speakers showcasing various careers, backgrounds and education/training levels within a similar career pathway. Prior to the Career Expo, 9th-grade students will have the opportunity to learn more about career pathways they are interested in exploring. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event!
Dominion Nuclear Scholarship
Three Rivers Community College is accepting applications for the Dominion Nuclear scholarship program. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, books and fees for a two-year associate degree program, starting with the Fall 2023 semester. Additionally, students receive a guaranteed $150 per month stipend during the nine-month academic year and have a 12-week paid internship experience at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station during the summer between their first and second academic year. This gives the students the opportunity to see nuclear utility operations first hand and develop significant practical work experience. To apply, students can visit to learn more and complete the online application. The deadline is February 22.
Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors
For additional scholarship information visit Naviance or contact Mrs. Lauzier.
-The Hispanic Alliance Scholarship Fund: up to $2,500 (February 15 deadline), must be of Hispanic descent
-Cloutier-Valenti Legacy Scholarship: $1,000 (March 15 deadline)
-Charter Oak Federal Credit Union: $2,000 (March 15 deadline), must be a member of Charter Oak
-Phi Delta Zeta Scholarship: $1,000 (April 2 deadline), female-only applicants
-St. Anthony Chapel (April 10 deadline)
-New London County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship: $1,000 (April 21 deadline), must be pursuing a degree in education
One Day Welding Workshop for girls 
The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance Regional Sector Partnership is hosting a workshop for high school aged girls to earn the Welding Merit Badge. The workshop is Saturday, February 25, from 9 am to 2 pm at Collins and Jewell (5 Rachel Drive, Bozrah, CT). Participants will learn about welding safety, equipment, processes and training and career opportunities available in this high-demand field. The opportunity is open and free to girls of high school age. Capacity is limited to 10 individuals, so act quickly to reserve your spot. Registration forms must be submitted by January 28.  Contact Mrs. Farinha or Mrs. Lauzier in the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College and Career Center (Latham 1221) if interested in applying.
If you see something, say something
Wildcats, we are a family, and we are all in this together. If you see something suspicious or hear something suspicious, please reach out to a trusted adult -- a teacher, counselor, coach or member of our campus safety team. We are strong individually, but even stronger together.
STOPit App
Students, if you haven't done so, please download the STOPit app to your phone. You can find STOPit for both iOS and Android. Once you've downloaded it, installation is easy. Just search for Norwich Free Academy, select your class and you are good to go. There are no codes to enter! STOPit is a fully anonymous app where you can report any type of behavior or actions that warrant attention from an adult.