Sunday Night Reminder - Feb. 23
Girls basketball to play Tuesday at Mohegan Sun
The NFA girls' basketball team will play Bacon Academy Tuesday, February 25, at 8 pm at Mohegan Sun Arena for the ECC Championship. Please click here for important information about the game, including policies put in place by Mohegan Sun. For tickets to the game, see links below. 
 
 
Spring Sports Dates and Registration Info
Students are reminded that the deadline for FamilyID online registrations for the 2019-20 spring sports season is Friday, March 13, 2020NO STUDENT MAY PARTICIPATE IN TRYOUTS OR PRACTICES WITHOUT HAVING BEEN PRE-APPROVED through FamilyID. The approval process may take several days for the Medical Center to verify your information. Please do not wait until the last minute to register. Coaches will have a digital roster of approved student-athletes. Learn about the new registration process, and setup a FamilyID account, by visiting the student-athlete participation page.
 
A full list of team practice start dates and times, for the spring sports season, can be found here
 
Important Dates – This Year and Next Year
The 2020-2021 academic calendar was approved this week by the NFA Board of Trustees. Click here to see a copy. 
 
And, as a reminder, the Graduation Exercises of the Norwich Free Academy Class of 2020 will take place Thursday, June 11. This date is locked in and will not change.
 
Currently, the last day of school will be Monday, June 15. Should there be any additional snow days, the last day of school will move accordingly. For example, if we have one more snow day, the last day will be Tuesday, June 16. Future updates will be provided. 
 
Celebrating Black History Month at NFA
A panel of successful black leaders, entrepreneurs, graduates, and educators will celebrate Black History Month at NFA. During the discussion, these panelists will discuss their careers, struggles, experiences, and most importantly, their dreams. They will also discuss historical figure of color who shaped their growth or inspired them to reach new heights. This panel discussion will educate NFA students about the true meaning of Black History Month, introduce them to pillars of the community, and help them move forward with a new sense of cultural identity. Student leaders (SAB members, Project Outreach coordinators, captains of winter sports teams...) are invited to attend the event, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in Slater Auditorium during B channel. Students will not need a pass to attend. Questions? see Mr. Butler in Converse Building.
 
Sam and Randy Deglin Art & Noise Scholarship
The Sam and Randy Deglin Art & Noise Scholarship, established by the friends and classmates of Samantha and Randy Deglin, is accepting submissions of original creative student work revealing artistic ability through the written word, the performance of a dramatic or musical piece, or works of visual art. For more information on this $1,000 scholarship and application instructions, click here. Submission deadline: Thursday, April 9. 
 
Spirit Day this week!
The Student Advisory Board is once again sponsoring our upcoming NFA Day, Thursday, February 27 (also an early release day for students at 11:55 am)! Celebrate your school spirit and show your #wildcatpride.
 
Youth Leadership Program -- Grades 9 and 10
NFA's Project Outreach and Norwich Youth Services is hosting a two-day program on youth leadership open to students in grade 9 and 10. The program will run March 28 and April 4. Click here for more information or see Mrs. Savage in Room 7101.
 
NGSS testing for Grade 11
All juniors will be participating in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) testing on Thursday, March 5, from 7:25 to 9:20 am. Students, be on the lookout for more information on your MyNFA student portal. Letters were sent home earlier this month to parents and guardians. An adjusted bell schedule will be utilized that day. It is as follows:
 
Adjusted Bell Schedule for March 5:
  • Extended F (7:25-9:25)
  • D (9:30-10:10)
  • E (10:15-11:00)
  • G (11:05-1:00)
  • A (1:05-2:10)
Grade 11 Student Success Plans (SSPs) and Parent Meetings
All 11th-grade SSPs will take place during the school day this month. These are group meetings with school counselors and students only. Students will receive passes in homeroom with the date and time of the meeting. 
 
Eleventh-grade parents and guardians are invited to attend one of the two evening sessions below to review and receive the information that was shared with students. The meetings are: March 10, from 3 to 4 pm, or March 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Both meetings will be in Slater Auditorium. 
Letters were mailed home directing parents and guardians to more information and to pre-register for an evening session. Access that page here. 
 
Grade 10 Student Success Plans (SSPs) and Parent Meetings 
Grade 10 SSPs will run through March 27. SSPs will take place during the school day. These are individual meetings with school counselors. Students and parents are invited to attend these scheduled individual meetings. Students receive passes in homeroom with the date and time of the meeting. Letters were mailed home to parents/guardians in the beginning of February inviting them to attend this meeting.
 
Reminder for ALL students
Free Dinner is available from 4 - 6 pm, Monday through Friday, in the Back Cafeteria for all NFA students age 18 and younger. The dinner complies with Connecticut State meal requirements. See the menus below. 
 
 
Students sign in to participate and eat dinner in the cafeteria. No grab-and-go or takeout.
A Free Grab-and-Go Snack is available to all NFA students from 2:10 - 2:30 pm each day in the Atrium and the cafeteria.
 
Yearbook Sales
The 2020 Yearbook is still available for $75.00. The book will be distributed in the spring before graduation. Don't be left out of the excitement. Go to www.nfaschool.org/yearbook to order. Use Code 11399820, or see Ms. Fitzgerald in Room 7223.
 
New home for the CCC
The College & Career Center has a new home in the Land Library (top of the stairs as you enter the library)! We're here to help with college essays and applications, resume writing, working papers, job placement, etc. Open hours: 7:15 am – 2:45 pm, Monday - Thursday.; 7:15 am – 2:15 pm, Friday. Check Daily Notices on your MyNFA student portal dashboard to learn about college recruiter visits, college application workshops, military recruiters and presentations, scholarship opportunities, and more. 
 
Coming Up
 
Athletics: To view the athletics schedule visit nfawildcats.org
 
Thursday, February 27
  • NFA Day - celebrate your #wildcatpride
  • early dismissal, students (11:55 am)
Friday, March 6,  Progress Period 3 ends
 
A Look Ahead
 
Saturday, March 7, Connecticut History Day
 
Tuesday, March 10, 11th grade parents night - session one
 
Thursday, March 12 
  • annual College Fair
  • 11th grade parents night - session two
Friday, March 13
  • early dismissal, students (11:55 am)
  • Fashion Club presents “Ethereal Elegance” fashion show, 6:30-8:30 pm - Atrium 
Wednesday, March 18, Empty Bowls Fundraiser
 
Thursday, March 19, Instrumental Ensembles Spring Concert, 7pm - Kelly Middle School
 
Wednesday, March 25, SAT School Day, grade 11 students