New Milford High School News Blast

January 2019

INCOMING Freshmen Night Thurs., Jan 17

On January 17th the NMHS School Counseling Department will host Incoming Freshmen Night starting at 7:00 pm. Principal Shugrue will begin the evening with a presentation in the theater, and then students and parents will have a chance to mingle with department heads, counselors and current students in the cafeteria until 8:30 pm. Some of our excellent programs will be showcased to prepare our rising ninth graders for a wonderful four year journey through NMHS.
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Midterms are right around the corner, beginning Wednesday, January 23 and ending Monday, January 28. Exam dates are subject to change should there be snow days between now and exam week. Check back for the most current schedule.
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SENIORS & JUNIORS: Navy Nuclear Power Program Presentation Wednesday, Jan. 16

Petty Officer Christopher Marlow will be in the Career Center on Wednesday, 1/16 from 10:00 am to 11:00 to discuss the Navy Nuclear Power Program.

Nuclear technicians, power plant operators and subsystems specialists are responsible for keeping vital Naval submarines and aircraft carriers running. These highly trained, hands-on professionals perform the complex technical functions that are at the core of sub and carrier capabilities. Their job involves everything from operating nuclear propulsion plant machinery, to controlling auxiliary equipment that supports Naval reactors, to maintaining various electronic, propulsion and weapons systems. Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of nuclear operations can translate to up to 77 credit hours toward a bachelor's or associate degree through the American Council on Education. Participants may also continue their education through opportunities such as the Navy College Program, Tuition Assistance, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Program participants would also qualify for an Enlistment Bonus of $30,000.

Sign up in Naviance to attend the presentation, or see Mrs. Shaffer in the Career Center.

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Laughs Abound at the NMHS Fall Production

The NMHS Dramatics Club presented the student-directed Fall Play "Game of Tiaras" on December 6 & 7 to a large audience, which included Mayor Pete Bass. Representatives from the Connecticut HALO Awards selection committee (which highlights the best in high school theater) were also in attendance. Mayor Bass visited cast and crew members backstage after the production to commend them on a terrific performance of the brand new show written in 2017. Co-director senior Stephanie Cafiero stated, "I was amazed and so proud (of the end production) because there were so many people involved." Elements such as the "sets, backdrops, and how the actors worked with them - it was so fluid," said Cafiero of the comedy production. Co-director Brian Dugan was extremely pleased with his peers in the cast and crew, "The show was beyond what I expected - my expectations were greatly exceeded!"

In Spring 2019 cast and crew will find out if they have been nominated for a HALO Award. NMHS is one of 60 participating Connecticut high schools. If nominated, some "Game of Tiaras" cast and crew could be invited to perform at the Palace Theater in Waterbury at the Halo Awards gala in late May.

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The NMHS Band Delights Audience at the Winter Concert

On December 13th over 140 members of the NMHS Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble combined to entertain the community with an outstanding version of Sleigh Ride & Christmas Festivals. An original Leroy Anderson piece, Sleigh Ride is performed and enjoyed throughout the holiday season, while Christmas Festival blends some of the greatest hits of the holiday season, such as O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, and more.

SENIORS: Alumni Advisory Day

On January 4th, thirteen alumni from the NMHS Class of 2018 will be coming in to talk with seniors during Advisories. Seniors can hear from former students who have completed the college application process and transitioned to university. Seniors will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

2019-2020 Course Selection

School counselors will kick off course selection during advisories in mid January. Students will use the portal to view their teacher recommendations and select their courses.

If students have not accessed their student portal account to date, they will receive an email with their user ID and instructions on how to access it. If students logged in previously but do not remember username or password, they should email their counselor.

Please note:

Students must use their student portal account in order to sign up for classes. It is not available through a parent’s account.

If you want to take a course different than what was recommended, you must pick up a waiver form from the counseling office and submit it to your counselor before the change can be made. Students in grades 9 and 10 will meet with their counselor individually in advisory. Students in grade 11 will receive an appointment to review credits for graduation, finalize course selection and discuss post secondary plans. An appointment time was emailed and mailed through regular mail. Parents are invited to attend.

To plan for their meetings, students should review the Program of Studies available on our school’s website, under Guidance Department on the left hand side, scroll to the bottom where you’ll see Program of Studies. They should take a look at course prerequisites and if a course requires a teacher recommendation. Students should also choose backups for their first choice of electives.

Student wins "Battles Won" Award

On December 12th USMC Staff Sargeant Kurt Metz presented senior Connor Stahl with the "Battles Won Academy" Award for his participation in at the Battles Won All-American Leadership Conference in July 2018. Stahl was nominated for the program by his School Counselor Rob Nathan, who identified Stahl as having strong leadership potential. The program, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps, allows students demonstrating academic success, excel in athletics, and extracurricular activities the opportunity to travel on an all-expense paid 4-day trip to Washington D.C. The learn more about the program, click here.

SENIORS: College Application Tips!

  1. Do change your application status in Naviance for your colleges when you receive a college acceptance!
  2. Do check the Scholarship List in Naviance periodically for new scholarships.

College Essay Assistance

Literacy Volunteers of New Milford continue to be available to assist our seniors with college essay writing. Print and complete this parental permission form and return it to Mrs. Shaffer in the College & Career Center in order to set up an appointment to work with a volunteer.

Senior Workshops Continue

Offered every A-day during Advisory in the College & Career Center. For help with:

  • College Applications
  • Naviance
  • College/Career Search
  • Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Sign up in Naviance (click HERE).

From your Home Page: Go to the "Colleges" tab, then scroll down under "Visits".

Important Dates to Remember

Activity Day


Incoming Freshmen Night


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1/21 - Martin Luther King Day

Midterm Exams

1/23 - 1/28

2nd Quarter Grades Close


Spring Semester & 3rd Quarter Begins


SAT Administered in School

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

NMHS College Fair

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

What's Happening at NMHS in January?

Fri., 1/4 - V Boys Basketball v. Bethel @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Fri., 1/4 - Talent Show - 7:00 pm

Tue., 1/8 - Poetry Out Loud - 11:30 am - 2:15 pm

Tue., 1/8 - V Girls Gymnastics v. Joel Barlow, Newtown, Oxford @ NMHS - 5:00 pm

Wed., 1/9 - V Boys Basketball v. Immaculate @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Wed., 1/9 - V Boys Ice Hockey v. Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug @ HOME (Canterbury School) - 7:00 pm

Wed., 1/9 - V Wrestling v. Notre Dame-Fairfield @ NMHS - 6:00 pm

Fri., 1/11 - V Boys Basketball v. Brookfield @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Fri., 1/11- V Boys Ice Hockey v. Sheehan @ HOME (Canterbury School) - 7:30 pm

Tue., 1/15 - V Girls Basketball v. Bethel @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Wed., 1/16 - V Boys Ice Hockey v. Trumbull @ HOME (Canterbury School) - 7:00 pm

Thu., 1/17 - V Girls Gymnastics v. Trumbull @ NMHS - 5:00 pm

Thu., 1/17 - Incoming Freshman Night

Fri., 1/18 - V Girls Basketball v. Pomperaug @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Sat., 1/19 - V Wrestling - New Milford Wrestling Tournament @ NMHS - 8:30 am

Tue., 1/22 - V Girls Basketball v. Kolbe Cathedral @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Wed., 1/23 - V Wrestling v. Bethel @ NMHS - 6:00 pm

Thu., 1/24 - V Boys Basketball v. Masuk @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Thu., 1/24 - NMHS/SMS Band Concert - 7:00 pm

Mon., 1/28 - V Girls Basketball v. Weston @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Tue., 1/29 - V Boys Swimming & Diving v. Newtown @ HOME (Canterbury School) - 7:00 pm

Tue., 1/29 - V Girls Gymnastics v. Staples @ NMHS - 5:00 pm

Wed., 1/30 - V Boys Ice Hockey v. BBD @ HOME (Canterbury School) - 7:30 pm

Thu., 1/31 - V Boys Basketball v. Newtown @ NMHS - 7:00 pm

Thu., 1/31 - V Girls Gymnastics v. Nonnewaug, Pomperaug, Newtown @ NMHS - 5:00 pm