New Milford High School News Blast

April 2019

JUNIORS: Important SAT School Day Information for 4/9

Tuesday April 9, 2019 is the state wide administration of the SAT to all grade 11 students.

Upon arrival to school, Grade 11 students should place all electronic devices in their locker and proceed directly to the Arena at 7:35 AM. Instructions and testing will start immediately upon arrival. No student will be admitted to the testing room after 8:00 AM.

Students must bring:

  • Two number two pencils – (no mechanical pencils).
  • Water bottle and snack (must be left under table during testing).
  • An approved calculator (approved calculator information).

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile phones, smart phones, smartwatches, or other wearable technology.
  • Audio players/reorders, tablets, laptops, notebooks, Bluetooth, or any other personal computing devices.
  • Separate timers of any type
  • Cameras or any other photographic equipment
  • Pens, highlighters, and mechanical or colored pencils
  • Books or references of any kind
  • Compasses, rulers, protractors, or cutting devices
  • Papers of any kind, including scratch paper
  • Earplugs
  • Unacceptable calculators that have QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypads, use paper tape, make noise, or use a power cord.

College Board rules state that if a student is observed with any prohibited electronic device in the testing room or during a break, whether or not they are using the device, the student will be dismissed from testing and their scores will be invalidated. If test content is detected on the device the phone will be confiscated and sent to ETS (Educational Test Security).

Testing will conclude at 11:49 AM. From the Arena Grade 11 students will proceed to lunch then 3TR, then 4th period. Grade 11 students will not be allowed early dismissal following the SAT test without a note from the parent/guardian.

By now, all juniors and parents/guardians should have received an email from Principal Shugrue with detailed information about the upcoming SAT School Day. Please click on the buttons below to view his letter, as well as information/frequently asked questions from College Board.

JUNIORS: The Truth About Hate Program 4/2

"The Truth About Hate" seminar for juniors, presented in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League, will take place in school on the morning of 4/2. "The Truth About Hate" teaches participants (students and faculty) the role they need to take in combating bias and bullying as a means to stop the escalation. For more information about the program, visit the ADL website.

College & Post-Secondary Options Fair 4/10

Students, now that you'll have taken the SATs on 4/9, come to the College & Post Secondary Options Fair, right here at NMHS on Wednesday, April 10. Over 90 colleges, universities, armed force branches, and technical/trade schools will be in attendance. The Fair will take place in the Arena from from 6:30-8:00 PM. Click on the button below to see the preliminary list of attending schools and organizations. Click on the video for a for some quick tips on getting the most out of the event. Families are welcome!
What to do at the College Fair

Post University & Naugatuck Valley Community College Instant Decision Day 4/12

Post University and Naugatuck Valley Community College will be at on-site at NMHS for an Instant Decision Day on Friday, 4/12, with appointments available from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

See your Guidance Counselor or Mrs. Shaffer in the College & Career Center for more information. Participation requires pre-registration before 4/10.

"FOOTLOOSE" Tickets Still Available!

The NMHS All-School Musical presents "Footloose - The Musical"


Friday, 4/5 - 7:00 PM Curtain

Saturday, 4/6 - 2:00 PM Curtain

Saturday, 4/6 - 7:00 PM Curtain


Online: BUY TICKETS ONLINE or click on the button below

In person: Available at the NMHS Box Office after school, daily 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Over the phone: 860-350-6647, ext. 1552

All seating is reserved and tickets are priced at $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.

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The Green Wave Gets Pumped Up at Spring Pep Rally

A 3-legged obstacle course race in a giant blow-up baby costume, seniors v. faculty tug of war, garbage can basketball, blind-folded musical chairs, and so much more. That's what you missed if you didn't make to the Spring Pep Rally on Friday, 3/29. The Student Council sponsored event is held annually to get students excited for a strong Spring event/athletic season and raise school spirit. A good time was had by all - take a look at the three short videos below for a few highlights from the Friday afternoon break from classes.
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D.E.C.A. Wins BIG at CT State Conference

On March 5th the New Milford High School DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) members traveled to the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, CT for the Connecticut State DECA Conference. DECA is a club that consists of business students who compete on the state and national level to demonstrate their skills on business topics. The members competed with 1,100 students from 38 schools around the state. Of the 46 NMHS DECA members that participated, 13 students placed, and 11 students qualified for nationals.

Students competed in the following categories:

· International Business Plan Team Event - 1st place: Liam Lacey, Jack Schipul and Amelia Moschitta

· Independent Business Plan Team Event - 1st place: Emilia Tesoriero

· Buying and Merchandising Operations Research - 2nd place: Dylan Magner, Mackenzie Beck

· Franchise Business Plan Team Event - 1st place: Sophie McSherry, Ayden O’Neill, Sarah Mickelson

· Financial Services - 5th place: Kyle Beebe, Jack Snowdon

· SBE School Store for Recertification - Ivanna Torres, Madison Martinelli

DECA prepares emerging business leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school and colleges around the globe. Students compete in a formal setting on the state level and gain experience with academic competition as well as professional behavior and expectations. The competitions enhance the preparation for college and careers by providing programs that integrate into the classroom. Students use skills and applications learned in the classroom to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject. The state competition is a way they can demonstrate their skills in developing business plans, communication, interviewing, and interpersonal skills. Students also have opportunity to earn college scholarships when competing at state and national levels. DECA Nationals this year will be held in Orlando, FL April 26th to May 1st.

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NMHS Bowling Club Wins State Tournament

NMHS Bowling takes 1st! The NMHS Bowling Club competed in the CIAC Bowling Team Tournament held on Saturday, March 10, 2010. 28 teams/clubs from around the state competed at Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington.

Pi Day Carnival Fun Runs Circles Around Last Year's Carnival

Pi Day came late this year. Well, not officially. Pi is constant. March 14th at NMHS was a Conference Day with no school for students, so the Math Honor Society hosted their annual Pi Day Carnival after school on Wednesday, 3/20 instead. Normally observed on 3/14, 'Pi Day' is celebrated across the country as a tribute to the symbol used to represent a constant in mathematics - the number 3.14159 - which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. No matter what size the circle, the circumference will always be a little more than three times the width of the circle. MHS sponsors the carnival as a fundraiser - complete with pie-throwing, pie-eating, and other games of skill. The money raised at the Pi Day Carnival is used for MHS Scholarships and expenses.

Junior Planning Night Rescheduled to 5/2

Juniors and parents, join the School Counseling Department for College Planning Night on Thursday, 5/2, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the NMHS Theater. Admissions reps from Western Connecticut State University, the University of New Haven and Post University will discuss the college application process and answer questions.

Awe-inspiring Tech Ed Projects

If you happened by one of Mr. Wilson's Tech Ed courses, you'd find his students busily working on some pretty impressive projects. Mr. Wilson, an educator and professional carpenter for over 40 years, teaches all of the NMHS wood technology courses: Introduction to Woodworking, General Woodworking, and Projects Unlimited (for grades 11 & 12). The courses, offered under the Practical Arts umbrella, encompass all phases of project drawing and planning, as well as project execution. Students learn safe hand and machine tool use, correct technique, and phases of carpentry.

"My goal is to teach all the students to safely and correctly use all of the machines in the shop. I'd like them to be able to call themselves artisans", states Wilson. "In Projects Unlimited students can work on anything they want - something for home, something that's decorative - snowboard pipes, an Adirondack chair, cabinets, chessboards, bookshelves", and more. In his pre-requisite Intro & General Woodworking courses he teaches students skills to last a lifetime - how to plane a rough board, how to use a jointer for straight edges, how to adjust a table saw, use a router, how to cut, glue, sand, and finish. Wilson explains, "If you have this skill, you could build almost anything you want". In fact, senior Eric Pacific is doing just that - building a desk. Wilson, who also advises the officially sanctioned Robotics and Drone Tech Club after school, eventually hopes to add Robotics as a course at NMHS.

See your NMHS Program of Studies or Guidance Counselor to learn more about these course offerings, and other Practical Arts courses such as Basic and Advanced AutoCAD, Architectural Drafting I and II, and Machine Drafting.

Local Scholarships!

Click on the button below to view a list of local and regional scholarships that are available to New Milford High School seniors. Go to Naviance to find out how to apply. More scholarships will be added soon, so check back. Remember, follow the sponsor's instructions carefully!

Construction Career Days Field Trip May 1st

ABC Building Success (Converted)
Join Mr. Wilson and Mr. Nathan on Wednesday, 5/1 on a field trip to the Construction Pro Rodeo sponsored by Associated Builders & Contractors of Connecticut. The hands-on student expo introduces students to a multitude of post-high school career options in the construction trades. Students will have an opportunity to speak with industry professionals, see demonstrations, attend safety seminars, participate in hands-on activities, and more. For information, click here, or watch the video above. See your Guidance Counselor or Mr. Wilson in 1508 to sign up. The cost of the field trip is $10.00, and requires a permission slip as well as a Parent Waiver/Consent Form, all due by 4/10. Space is limited. Seniors will be given first priority.

2019 AP Exam Information Now Available

Click on the button below for a checklist to help AP students get ready for exam day and to find out more information about the 2019 AP Exam Schedule, as well as test security and administration policies.

Attention Parents! The 2019 Grad Party Needs your help -

The 2019 Grad Party Committee invites you to join them. Planning meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm in the teacher’s lounge at NMHS. Volunteers are always welcome!!! Decorating spots are still available. The dates are as follows: 4/11/19, 5/2/19, & 6/6/19. For more information about upcoming events, fundraising, and ways you can help, please visit their website at Grad Party 2019.

Important Dates to Remember

SAT Administered in School

4/9 - CT SAT School Day - Administered to all NMHS Juniors

3rd Marking Period Ends

4/9 - (4th Marking Period Begins 4/10)

NMHS College Fair

4/10 - NMHS Arena - 6:30-8:00 PM

Activity Day


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4/15 - 4/19 - Spring Recess

Junior Planning Night

5/2 - NMHS Theater - 7:00-8:30 PM

AP Exams

5/6 - 5/17

What's Happening at NMHS in April?

Fri., 4/5 - All-School Musical - 7:00 PM

Sat., 4/6 - All-School Musical - 2:00 PM

Sat., 4/6 - All-School Musical - 7:00 PM

Mon., 4/22 - NMHS Wind Ensemble & West Point Band - 7:00 PM

Thu., 4/25 - Jazz Fest - 7:00 PM

College Visits for SENIORS and JUNIORS

Admissions Reps from the following colleges and universities will be visiting the College & Career Center in April. Visit Naviance online to register to meet with a Rep, and/or check for additions and/or changes to the schedule.

Mon., 4/1 - University of Kentucky - 11:00 AM

Fri., 4/5 - Binghamton University - 11:00 AM

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NMHS Jobs Board is Now Online!

Employment opportunities for students can now be found online at, or by clicking on the button below. Looking to make some coin? Check it out!