Sunday Night Reminder - Sun., Feb. 10

We are Wildcats. At NFA, respect and responsibility go hand-in-hand.

We are a unified community: see or hear something; say something, and we will respond.


Spirit Week
Winter Spirit Week is this week! Get involved with these great activities and theme days:

  • Building Activity: Decorate Your House Office (money to winning class)
  • Monday - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - “Awareness Day”
    • Grade 9 - Green (Mental Health)
    • Grade 10 - Blue (Foster Care)
    • Grade 11 - White (Bone Disease)
    • Grade 12 - Black (Melanoma)
  • Wednesday - Sports Day (any team, sport, athlete)
  • Thursday - Character Day (individual or groups)
  • Friday - Red and White Day

There are two Pep Rallies on Fri., Feb.15, - an early release day. Please report to class first for attendance.

  • Uppers and Seniors 3rd  (D) Channel
  • Freshmen and Lowers last, (4th) (G) Channel

Exploring Opportunities & 2019-2020 Course Registration
Please use the beginning of the week to finish your planning for next year.  Talk to your teachers or your school counselor if you need assistance. Please be sure to fill out the course selection sheet, enter selections in PowerSchool, and turning in your course selection sheet to your house office.

The process must be finished by Thu., Feb. 14.

Find more information for entering selections in PowerSchool on your MyNFA>Student Portal Dashboard.  Click on “Exploring Opportunities” in the left-hand menu bar.

NAEP Testing Rescheduled
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Testing has been rescheduled for 7:25 a.m. - noon, Thu., Feb. 14 in the library. Students selected to participate should have received an email notification.

English Credit Recovery
Begins, Tue., Feb. 12, and meets weekly, 2:30 - 4 p.m., Tue. and Thu. afternoons in Room 7223. Please bring earbuds or headphones to class.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Dedonato at

Seal of Biliteracy
Beginning this year eligible students may earn a Seal of Biliteracy to be affixed to their diploma and transcript attesting to their proficiency in two or more languages. The program is new; explore this option with your world language teacher, their school counselor, your EL teacher, or contact Mrs. Crooks in Tirrell ( or Ms. Vose in Converse (

Manufacturing Pipeline & SHIP Summer Internship Info Session
Wed., Feb. 13, G Channel - Slater Auditorium
11th-grade students (Class of 2020) interested in a career in manufacturing or a paid summer internship in design, operations, supply chain, and more are invited to explore this option and learn about eligibility. See your school counselor or Mrs. Lauzier in the CRC. For more information, click HERE.

Sam and Randy Deglin Art & Noise Scholarship
For the first time, 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 and application instructions, click HERE. Submission deadline: Fri., April 5.  

Writer’s Ink
Find the Fall/Winter Edition of Writer’s Ink, NFA’s arts and literary magazine featuring the original work of your talented friends and classmates, posted on your MyNFA>Students Portal Dashboard.

Grade 11 Student Success Plans & Parent Meetings
11th-grade SSPs will take place during the school day during Feb. These are group meetings with school counselors. Students receive passes in homeroom with the date and time of the meeting.

There are two evening sessions for 11th-grade parents/guardians:

  • March 19, 3-4 p.m., Ensemble Room
  • March 21 5:30-6:30 p.m., Ensemble Room

Letters mailed home next week will direct parents/guardians to the website for more information and to pre-register. Access that page HERE.

After School Snack & Dinner
A free Grab-and-Go Snack is available to all NFA Students from 2:10-2:30 p.m. each day in the cafeteria.

Free dinner is available from 4 - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the back cafeteria to all NFA students age 18 and younger. The dinner complies with Connecticut State meal requirements. Students sign in to participate and eat dinner in the cafeteria — no grab-and-go or takeout.

For more information, contact the Student Affairs office.

Free and Reduced Lunch
If you qualify for food assistance or there has been a change in your family circumstances, you can fill out an application. Check with your School Counselor or your House Principal.

Career Resource Center (CRC) News -- Visit the CRC, Room, 1102
Check Daily Notices for a list of college recruiter visits this week.

  • Job Opportunities & Working Papers
  • Scholarships, including Covanta SECONN Scholarship for Engineering or Environmental Studies (March 15 deadline); Saint Anthony's Chapel Scholarship: Scholarship (April 8 deadline); Chelsea Groton Bank Scholarship: $500 scholarship (April 15 deadline) and more.

If you have questions about any of the above opportunities or need a pass, see Mrs. Lauzier in the Career Resource Center or email

College Bound Scholar-Athletes
Athletic/Educational Recruiting Expert Jack Renkens will be at NFA to speak about the realities of college recruiting, 7 p.m., Mon., Feb. 25, Slater Auditorium. This opportunity is free to parents and students. Learn more about Renkens at Questions? Contact Roy Wentworth at

Chinese New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Pig with traditional music, food, games and activities, 2:15 p.m., Tue., Feb. 12, after school, Room 7201.  

RSVP Denial Chong Cuy, at, or Michelle Loo, at to attend or perform.

Winter Formal (Celebrate Valentine’s Day)
6-10 p.m., Fri. Feb. 15, Norton Gym. Tickets $5. Open to all students! For more information, contact the Diversity Office.

Get Involved --  Join . . . Attend. . . Participate
Check Daily Notices in your NFA email account every day for notice of all that is happening on campus.  

Learn about Mountain Bike Club Demo, Fashion Club, Classic Movie Club, Unified Club, DIY Crafting Club, Animal Advocates Club, Student Art Association, Tennis (boys & girls) and much, much more.



For the Athletics Schedule, go to

Feb. 11-15

  • Winter Spirit Week (see above)

Mon., Feb. 11

  • E Channel - "Whose Career is it Anyway?" 10th-grade Honors Program students

Tue. Feb. 12

  • Revised Schedule:  
    • G (as usual)
    • HR (as usual)
    • A channel extended 15 minutes (8:45-10:15) 
    • B (10:20-11:05)
    • C (as usual) 
    • D (as usual)
  • Distracted Driving Presentation, A Channel, Grade 11
  • Chinese New Year Celebration, 2:15 p.m., Rm 7201 (see above)
  • English Credit Recovery begins, 2:30 - 4 p.m., Room 7223

Thu. Feb. 14

  • Final Day to Enter 2018-19 Course Selections in Power School

Fri., Feb. 15

  • Early Dismissal, 11:55 a.m.  -- Schedule B, C, D, G
  • Winter Pep Rallies - grades 11 & 12 - 3rd (D)Channel);  grades 9 & 10 4th (G) Channel
  • Winter Formal, 6-10 p.m., Norton Gym



Mon. & Tues., Feb. 18 & 19 

  • No School, Presidents Day Recess

Fri., Feb. 22

  • Rock-a-thon, Band, Orchestra & Percussion Overnight Fundraiser - 4 p.m. - 7:30 a.m., Sat. Feb. 23, Ensemble Room

Mon., Feb. 25

  • Athletic/Educational Recruiting, 7 p.m., Slater Auditorium.

Thu., Feb. 28

  • Early Dismissal, 11:55 a.m.

Fri., Mar. 1

  • Quarter Progress Report period ends

Sat., Mar. 2

  • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Library Saturday hours

And remember, many adults are here to help – parents, teachers, house principals, school counselors, and student assistance personnel, coaches, advisers, staff – you name it -- NFA has adults who want you to succeed.  Let them help you.

Have a good week!