Sunday Night Reminder - May 1, 2022
Monday, May 2, begins an E week with Wednesday classes E-H.
Seniors: tomorrow is Decision Day!
Members of the Class of 2022 are invited to the atrium during E channel tomorrow to celebrate your future! Take fun photos with your friends, enjoy some snacks and enter raffles for NFA gear, gift cards, and senior event packages! Wear a shirt or something that represents your college or career choice and join us in the atrium during the lunch channel. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Empty Bowls is back!
For the last two years, it’s been drive-thru service only, but this year, Empty Bowls returns in the usual fashion on Wednesday, May 4, from 5 to 7 pm in the cafeteria. For just $10, you’ll receive a pint of delicious soup in a one-of-a-kind bowl (which you get to keep!) made by our students. All proceeds support the NFA Food Pantry. Soup options include: chicken and white bean chili (GF), loaded potato, cheddar broccoli (vegetarian), pasta Fagioli with sausage, and tomato basil (vegan, GF). Join us on May 4 and dine in or take it home!
Mr. NFA returns!
Who will earn the title of Mr. NFA? Find out Thursday, May 5, at 7 pm in Slater Auditorium as this annual favorite fundraiser returns! Senior boys will compete for this esteemed title. The event is $10, and all proceeds support the Class of 2022.
Upper Prom details
The Upper Prom, which is for NFA 11th graders, will be held Saturday, May 21, from 6 to 9 pm. The prom will be held on the front lawn of the NFA campus. If inclement weather, it will take place in Alumni Gym. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 2. They are $25 and will be available every day during the lunch channel on the first floor of Tirrell. Students must have their student ID to purchase tickets. Outside guests are allowed, but a permission form must be filled out. See Mrs. Howe on the first floor of Allis House to get the form. Upper Prom Court nominations are now open. Look for the nomination ballot and more information under notices and updates on your student portal.
Be a part of the Student Advisory Board (SAB)
Do you want your voice heard? Do you want to represent your classmates? Then consider running to become a SAB representative. The SAB is a student government organization that plans activities, provides community service, and brings forth proposals to make changes to student life on campus. Did you know that senior privilege was proposed by the SAB? The SAB also works diligently towards developing school culture and community. As an SAB representative, you'll have opportunities to exercise your leadership skills. Check your email for the required form due May 2.
AP testing info!
Advanced Placement exams begin Monday, May 2, and run through Friday, May 13. Be sure to check your NFA email for a digital pass with important testing information. Passes for week one will go out on Sunday, May 1, and passes for week two will go out on Sunday, May 8. If you have any questions please reach out to your AP teacher.
Here are dates for important end-of-the-year events. More information to come:
- May 13 – Visual and Performing Arts Awards
- May 21 – Upper Prom
- May 27 – Senior Trip
- June 4 – Senior Prom
- June 6 – Athletic Awards
- June 7 – Class Night
- June 16 – Graduation
DIY Club meets Monday
Come craft with us Monday, May 2, from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in Room 1221.
Knitting Club meets Tuesday
The Knitting and Crochet Club will be meeting Tuesday in 3226 at 2:20. Come join us to learn how to crochet or knit or join us to make a project if you already know how! We will provide the materials, or you can bring your own. Anyone is welcome to join us. Email Ms. Tasker (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Prevention Council meets Tuesday
The prevention council will meet Tuesday, May 3, in room 7101 at 2:20 pm. All are welcome.
Project Outreach Volunteer Opportunities
Here are the latest ways you can get involved and give back to your community!
- Saturday, May 7 - Bully Busters World Youth Day Festival at St. Mark's Church Broadway in Norwich, 11:30 am to 4 pm
- Saturday, May 7 - Wicked Tulips volunteer flower packers, Route 164, Preston, 4:30 to 7:30 pm
- Thursday, May 12 - Norwichtown Rehab Spring Carnival, Town Street, Norwich - 2:45 to 4 pm
- Sunday, May 15 - Norwich Community Meal, St. Mark's Church, Broadway in Norwich, 11 am to 1 pm
- Saturday, May 21 - Woman's City Tea Party Servers Needed, Norwich Senior Center, Mahan Drive, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
- Saturday, June 25 - ROSE ARTS FESTIVAL in front of NFA on Chelsea Parade, Various positions and times between 9 am and 7 pm, sign up for the times that work for you, sign up early for a t-shirt
See Mrs. Savage in room 7101 to sign up and for more information.
Project Outreach accepting Coordinator applications for next year
Project Outreach is accepting applications for student coordinators for the Project Outreach Program for the next school year. This is an integral leadership position within the program. Coordinators help to develop and plan many of the community service projects that we implement in the community and on campus. This is open to all students. For an application or for more information, please contact Mrs. Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Project Outreach office, room 7101.
Grade 9: College Board Account Registration
Through the month of May, school counselors will be working with ninth-grade students to create a College Board account which will allow them access to their PSAT 8/9 scores. Students will utilize this account through the next three years to access future PSAT, SAT, and AP (advanced placement) scores, and to register for the SAT.
Grade 9: Virtual Parent/Guardian Planning Meeting
All ninth-grade parents and/or guardians are invited to attend a virtual planning meeting hosted by the school counseling team Thursday, May 12, at 6 pm. This meeting will cover the same information students received during their in-school, individual meetings. Topics include: how high school works in terms of credits and graduation requirements, a "next few years" mapping of the school counseling curriculum, and future planning action steps, with regard to summer break opportunities. Use this link to join the meeting. Please contact your student's school counselor with any questions.
Interested in the service academies?
Anyone interested in learning more about the process to apply to a Service Academy (West Point, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Air Force Academy), please register to attend an informational meeting Wednesday, May 4. Use this link to register. This is open to students and families in grades 9-12. If you have questions, please see your school counselor. This is a great opportunity for students seeking an alternative path to a traditional four-year college and those with aspirations of becoming military officers and the future leaders of tomorrow.
Sick? Stay home!
As COVID numbers begin to increase again in our community, please do not come to school if you don’t feel well – particularly if you traveled during spring break. Also, coming to school and going home is not medically excused. Questions can be directed to our Medical Center staff. Thank you for your cooperation.
Juniors! Virtual college fairs
On Tuesday, May 3, you can participate in a virtual college fair featuring all four Connecticut state schools – UCONN, Eastern, Southern and Western. The event begins at 6:30 pm. All details can be found here.
Library closures this week
The library will be closed during the following channels this week: Monday, May 2 G Channel.
Students -- become a New London Scholar
Students at Norwich Free Academy are now able to register as New London Scholars for Fall 2021. Learn more about the program here.
Connecticut College is planning to return completely to in-person instruction in the fall. For that reason, anyone taking a course next semester will be expected to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the start of classes. Each participating school is allowed to designate two students to take one class each at Connecticut College. Interested students should consult the College's online course schedule.
Admission to a course depends on there being open spots. The course schedule shows the current enrollment status for each course. If the "REM" (remaining spots) column is either zero or negative, that course will not be available to New London Scholars. For questions, contact Christopher Hammond at email@example.com.
Sticker design contest!
Help Project Oceanology celebrate its 50th anniversary by participating in a design-a-sticker contest. Click here for more information.
News from the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College & Career Center
Visit the Anne Mitchell College & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Rivers Application Day
Need help completing your Three Rivers application? NFA and Three Rivers have partnered together to plan an In-Person Application Day. A representative from the Three Rivers Admissions Office will be on campus in the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College and Career Center on May 18 from 9 to 11 am to assist students with the Three Rivers application from start to finish. Interested in attending? Contact Mrs. Lauzier in the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College and Career Center for more details.
Mohegan Sun Part-Time Employment Session
Are you 16 or older? Are you looking for a part-time job? Mohegan Sun is currently hiring for various positions. Attend the Mohegan Sun Part-Time Employment Session, May 17, C channel, in Slater Auditorium. Learn more about the employment opportunities available. Must sign up in advance to attend. Sign up in the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College and Career Center.
Norwich Human Services' Summer Youth Employment Program
Norwich Human Services' Summer Youth Employment Program is now accepting applicants! SYEP participants will receive minimum wage to work approximately 75 hours during July and August, pending funding. More than a summer job, this is an employment opportunity, where youth are trained in the skills that employers are seeking, including worker safety training. Additionally, participants will be provided with supports like bus passes, required clothing/tools, and case management. Students must meet mandated eligibility requirements based on income. Applicants are then chosen based on their interest and enthusiasm for work, appropriate job assignments and vocational interest. Interested in applying? Please complete the Youth Employment Interest Form, once complete you will be contacted by a staff person.
The Rose Court Leadership Competition
The Rose Court Leadership Competition is open to all genders while honoring tradition through personal characteristics. All candidates must exemplify pride in community involvement, intellect, and leadership. Interested in applying? Visit: https://www.roseartsfestival.com/rosecourt
Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors
For additional scholarship information visit Naviance or contact Mrs. Lauzier.
- Saint Anthony’s Chapel: VARIES (May 4 deadline)
- CT Association for Latinos in Higher Education Scholarship: VARIES (June 24th deadline), must be of Hispanic descent
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.
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.