Sunday Night Reminder - May 8, 2022
Monday, May 9, begins an A week with Wednesday classes A-D.
Attention Class of 2022 students and parents
Expect an email early this week with important information about prom, senior trip, recognition events and graduation. The email will be sent directly to all seniors and parents for whom we have an email. 
Upper Prom tickets are on sale!
The Upper Prom, which is for NFA 11th graders, will be held Saturday, May 21, from 7 to 10 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 are $25 and are available every day during 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.  You must be a member of the Class of 2023 in order to nominate a classmate.
Grade check!
We have reached the mid-point in the final marking period. Students and parents are encouraged to check their mid-marking period progress in PowerSchool on Wednesday, May 11, for the most accurate information. 
FBLA meets Monday
Presentation Day is here! Make sure that you plan to attend this exciting event when we share our ideas with Fermin. Please email Mrs. Farinha if you will be attending (or not) so she can get you a pass to arrive in time for the start of the presentation. The presentation begins at 2:15 in room 1101. 
It’s a cake-off!!
The GSA is having a Cake Off (a cake decorating contest) open to all GSA members, friends, and allies! The vent is May 19 from 2:30 to 4 pm. We invite you to compete in teams of two or three. Winners will receive a TBD prize! Each team needs to bring their own cake, cupcake, slice of cake, etc and we'll provide all of the decorating supplies. If you are interested in participating, email Dr. Sears ( or Ms. Bishop ( by Monday, May 16.
Library closures this week
The library will be closed during the following times due to classes.
  • Monday, May 9 – A, C, G channel
  • Tuesday, May 10 – G channel 
Our Poet Laureate!
Congratulations to Nadia (Wilbur) DeRose for being the NFA Poet Laureate for 2022-23! On April 22, Nadia read their poetry at an evening celebrating high school Poets Laureate in Southeastern Connecticut and participated in a writing workshop led by Mahogany L. Browne, the first Poet-in-Residence at Lincoln Center in New York City. 
2022 Yearbooks
The 2022 Yearbook will be distributed in June before we get out of school. A limited number of books are still available to order. If you’d like to order, visit Books are available on a first come, first serve basis. Also, the senior supplement is still available for sale. The price is $10 and can be purchased directly by seeing Mrs. Fitzgerald in room 7223.
Project Outreach Volunteer Opportunities
Here are the latest ways you can get involved and give back to your community!
  • Thursday, May 12 – Norwichtown Rehab Spring Carnival, Town Street, Norwich - 2:45 to 4 pm
  • Saturday, May 21 –  Woman's City Tea Party Servers Needed, Norwich Senior Center, Mahan Drive, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm  
  • Wednesday, June 1 – Family Night at Norwich Senior Center, 5 to 7:45 pm
  • Saturday, June 25 - ROSE ARTS FESTIVAL in front of NFA on Chelsea Parade, Various positions and times between 9 am and 7pm, sign up for the times that work for you, sign up early for a t-shirt 
Summer volunteer opportunities are coming soon! 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 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 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.
Important dates
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 7 – Class Night
  • June 8 – Athletic Awards
  • June 16 – Graduation
Rock your crocs!
Members of the Ice Skating Club will be selling Croc Jibbitiz Wednesday, May 11, during lunch in the Tirrell Lobby. Buy one for $2 or three for $5 to rock your crocs and support the club!
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. 
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
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
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.
Marines Information Table
U.S. Marines recruiters will be on campus to answer your questions about enlisting. They will be here Thursday, May 12, during G Channel in the main lobby of Tirrell.
Summer Jobs at Strawberry Park Information Table
Strawberry Park is looking to hire for part time positions this summer! Representatives from Strawberry Park will be on campus to hand out applications and answer questions about job openings on Monday, May 9, during E Channel in the main lobby of Tirrell.
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 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:
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.