New Milford High School News Blast

September/October 2018

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome Back! A new school year has started and I’m happy to report that we have had an exceptionally smooth opening. Students and staff have acclimated well and seem to have gotten back to the routine of school.

Congratulations to Mr. David Syzdek! Mr. Syzdek is our music teacher, specifically instrumental music and has been named New Milford’s Teacher of the Year! This is a well-deserved honor to a wonderfully dedicated teacher.

With any new school year comes change. Please join us in welcoming the following new teachers:

  • David Backer - Special Ed
  • Michelle Bouchard - Psychologist
  • Miranda Gursky - Special Ed
  • Danielle Kiser - Special Ed
  • Christine Santorella - Special Ed
  • Christine Taylor - Science
  • Karen Vaughn - World Languages
  • Amy Woronick - Special Ed

We recently held our Open House with strong attendance from parents. Thank you! I truly believe that New Milford High School is a great school that offers tremendous opportunities for our students in and out of the classroom. I hope to see you all out and about at the many exciting events to come this year.

Here’s to a happy and successful school year!

Greg P. Shugrue, Principal

Couldn't make Mr. Shugrue's Open House Presentation?

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Attention SENIOR parents! - Save the dates

Senior Planning Night - October 3rd @ 7:00 p.m. in the Theater

Senior year is an exciting year but can also be stressful for students and parents balancing schoolwork, extracurricular activities and the college application process. You are invited to join the counselors as they present information on helping you and your student navigate your way through the process.

Financial Aid Night - October 10th @ 7:00 p.m. in the Theater

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be filed beginning October 1st for any student entering their freshman year of college next fall. Julie Savino, Director of Financial Aid at Sacred Heart University, will present information to help you and your student navigate your way through the Financial Aid process. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend.

PARENTS: Please join us for a special presentation:

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PSAT testing will take place in school on Wednesday, October 10th. More information to follow.

Students must register on line to take the SAT and/or to take the ACT. Available dates are listed below.
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Senior Workshops

Now 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".

AP Students

The deadline to register and pay for your AP exams is Thursday, October 4th. Pay online below.

In addition, students must join their AP course on the College Board site and log in with their College Board account. Select button below.

College Essay Assistance

Once again, the Literacy Volunteers of New Milford will be available to assist our seniors with college essay writing. 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.

Spirit Week 2018

Get pumped up for Homecoming and show your Green Wave pride from October 9th-12th! Check the flyer below and dress up for NMHS Spirit Week 2018.
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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!!! If you are interested in decorating an area please come to our October meeting to secure an area. The dates are as follows:

  • 10/3 (Wednesday)
  • 11/1/18
  • 1/3/19
  • 2/7/19
  • 3/7/19
  • 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.

New Milford Athletic Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees:

  • Alfred “Sonny” Zaloski ’47
  • Bryan Riley ’75
  • Maggie Rinaldi-Chappuis ’80
  • Trey Lavalette ’82
  • John McCafferty ’83
  • Louis Heaton ’84
  • John Ndukwu ’84
  • Alexis Thompson Kleinhans ’90
  • Morgan Brady Degan ’97
  • Jeanna Bradle Freeman ’06
  • Meghan Johnson Lyon ’08
  • Conor Kirkegard ’12

If you’re interested in learning more about the Athletic Hall of Fame and the Class of 2018, or would like to attend the induction banquet on October 27, 2018, please visit or email

Upcoming Events

Tue., 10/2/18 - Varsity Field Hockey - 6:30 p.m.

Tue., 10/2/18 - Varsity Girls Soccer - 6:00 p.m.

Wed., 10/3/18 - Senior Planning Night - 7:00 p.m.

Thu., 10/4/18 - "Hidden in Plain Sight" - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., 10/5/18 - Varsity Boys Soccer - 6:00 p.m.

Fri., 10/5/18 - Harlem Wizards Event - 7:00 p.m.

Sat., 10/6/18 - Varsity Girls Volleyball - 11:15 a.m.

Mon., 10/8/18 - Varsity Girls Volleyball - 6:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/9/18 - Varsity Boys Cross Country - 5:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/9/18 - Varsity Girls Cross Country - 4:30 p.m.

Tue., 10/9/18 - Varsity Field Hockey - 6:30 p.m.

Wed., 10/10/18 - Varsity Girls Volleyball - 5:30 p.m.

Wed., 10/10/18 - Financial Aid Night - 7:00 p.m.

Thu., 10/11/18 - Varsity Girls Soccer - 6:00 p.m.

Sat., 10/13/18 - Varsity Football Homecoming Game - 12:00 p.m.

Sat., 10/13/19 - Homecoming Dance - 7:00 p.m.

Mon., 10/15/18 - Varsity Girls Soccer - 4:15 p.m.

Mon., 10/15/18 - National Honor Society Induction - 7:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/16/18 - Varsity Boys Soccer - 6:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/16/18 - Varsity Field Hockey - 5:30 p.m.

Tue., 10/16/18 - Varsity Girls Swimming and Diving - 7:00 p.m.

Wed., 10/17/18 - Varsity Girls Volleyball - 5:30 p.m.

Thu., 10/18/18 - Varsity Field Hockey - 5:30 p.m.

Thu., 10/18/18 - Varsity Girls Soccer - 6:00 p.m.

Thu., 10/18/18 - Varsity Girls Volleyball - 5:30 p.m.

Sat., 10/20/18 - Varsity Field Hockey - 11:00 a.m.

Sun., 10/21/18 - Antique Show

Mon., 10/22/18 - Varsity Field Hockey - 5:30 p.m.

Mon., 10/22/18 - Math Honor Society Induction - 7:00 p.m.

Tue., 10/23/18 - Varsity Boys Soccer - 6:00 p.m.

Thu., 10/25/18 - Picture Make-ups/Re-takes

Thu., 10/25/18 - Wind Ensemble/Advanced Chorus Concert - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., 10/26/18 - Girls Volleyball - 5:30 p.m.

College Visits for SENIORS and JUNIORS

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

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2018-2019 NMHS Counseling Staff

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