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Sunday Night Reminder - January 29, 2023
January 29, 2023
This is an E Week, with Wednesday classes E-H.
Course registration begins this week! 
All students in grades 9-11 should be preparing for course registration for next school year. The course catalog is available on the student portal. Teachers and school counselors are excellent sources of information as you consider courses for next year. The PowerSchool portal will open Tuesday, January 31. Remember, Exploring Opportunities is this Wednesday, February 1. Take advantage of this time to speak with teachers and gather further information on courses of interest. The deadline to submit your course requests is February 8. 
Contact with the International Space Station tomorrow!
Our students have an outstanding opportunity tomorrow when we make contact with an astronaut on the International Space Station. This came about thanks to the efforts of our Ham Radio Club. The contact, which will take place at 1:55 pm, will be broadcast throughout the school. The contact is 10 minutes long and will feature our students asking questions to the astronaut as the ISS flies high above NFA. You have a chance to watch it, too, as we will stream it on YouTube. To tune in, click here.
Library closures this week during Study Cafe
The Library will be closed to Study Cafe and students for the mornings through lunch due to LAS Links testing on Wednesday, 2/1, and Thursday, 2/2. During these channels Study Cafe students should report to Cafeteria, or if a lunch channel, to Slater A & B: Wed. 2/1: E, F, G ; Thurs. 2/2: C, D, A, G.  The Library will reopen for Study Cafe after the lunch channel each day.
Playshop Musical Auditions
Auditions for the 2022 NFA Spring Musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, will take place Monday, January 30. 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
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
Beginning Wednesday, February 1, all meals in the cafeteria must be paid for unless the student has been approved for free and reduced meals. 
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. 
Outdoors Club meets 1/31
Join us for a meeting of the NFA Outdoors Club Tuesday, January 31, at 2:20 pm in room 5004. All are welcome. Questions? Email Mr. Yarish 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
Art Association meets 2/2
The Student Art Association will meet Thursday, February 2, after school in room 8247. Questions? Email
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. 
SHA meets 2/13
The Successful Hispanic Alliance Club will meet Monday, February 13, from 2:10 to 4:15 pm in room 5011. Questions? Email
From the Medical Center
There have been recent adjustments in the expiration dates of COVID home tests. Click here to see a list of the revised dates for tests you may have in your home.
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.
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
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
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 firsthand 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
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.