New Milford High School News Blast

January 2020

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Midterms are right around the corner, beginning Wednesday, January 22 and ending Monday, January 27. Exam dates are subject to change should there be snow days between now and exam week. Check back for the most current schedule. Click on the button below for five quick tips (courtesy of Siena College) to help you ace your midterm exams!
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ALL STUDENTS: Gap Year Fair 1/8

Considering a gap year after high school? One way to explore gap year programs and summer opportunities after high school is to attend a gap year fair. USA Gap Year Fairs presents over 40 post-secondary gap year programs in one location, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT. Stay tuned for a list of participating programs. Before attending, consider taking a quick online quiz through "GapMatcher" by clicking on the button below to find out which programs might be a good match for you!

JUNIORS & SENIORS: Practical Nursing Information Session 1/15

Join Stuart Rosenthal, Career Program Specialist from Porter and Chester Institute for a 30-minute LPN (Licensed Practical Nursing) Info Session on Wednesday, 1/15 at 11:00 am. in the NMHS Career Center. Learn the benefits of bridging from an LPN program into an RN program and how to get licensed from their 15-month day program (or 21-month evening program). See Mrs. Shaffer in 1101 to sign up.

INCOMING Freshmen Night 1/16

On January 16th Principal Shugrue will host Incoming Freshmen Night starting at 7:00 pm. Mr. 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. (Snow date is 2/6.)

Manufacturing Alliance Training Center Field Trip 2/26

Did you know that the starting salary for a machinist in Connecticut can be as much as $50,000 per year, and that many manufacturers will even pay for your training? Join our School Counseling and Tech Ed Departments on a field trip to the Manufacturing Alliance Service Corperation's Training Center in Waterbury, CT on Wednesday, 2/26. MASC offers specialized manufacturing skills training including CNC Machining. The field trip departs from NMHS at 8:00 am and will return at 12:00 pm, in time for students to have lunch here at school, then attend their entire 4th block class. There is no cost to students. For more information about MASC, visit their website. See Mrs. Shaffer in the Career Center for a permission slip and to sign up for the field trip.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Field Trip 3/10

Cybersecurity, Art, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Digital Arts - these are just a handful of the dozens of degree programs offered at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Seniors and juniors can join Mrs. Moriarty on a field trip to tour the Danbury and Waterbury campuses of Naugatuck Valley Community College on Tuesday, 3/10 (snow date 3/26). Learn about the amazing educational opportunities right here, close to New Milford, where a savvy high school graduate could save a ton of money on college tuition. NVCC also offers an extensive list of workforce training programs in addition to traditional college courses. Click here to see a list of all of the degree and career training programs offered at NVCC. The field trip, offered at no cost to students, departs NMHS as 7:35 am, and returns by 2:00 pm. Students can bring lunch or purchase lunch in the NVCC cafeteria. Visit the NMHS Career Center for a field trip permission slip and to sign up. First preference is given to upperclassmen. Permission slips are due by Monday, 2/18.

2020 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 2020 AP Exam Schedule, as well as test security and administration policies.

2020-2021 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, 10, and 11 will meet with their counselor individually in advisory. Junior parents will be invited to attend small group sessions to review planning for senior year.

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.

FREE Tuition for Fall 2020 Connecticut Community College Students!

Last month, Pledge to Advance Connecticut (PACT) approved guidelines to offer free tuition at any Connecticut community college for students entering in the Fall 2020 semester. To qualify, students must:

  • be a Connecticut high school graduate
  • be attending college for the first time
  • fill out FAFSA and accept all awards
  • attend community college full-time (apply by 7/15/2020)
  • once enrolled, remain in good academic standing

For more information on how you can potentially save thousands of dollars on a college education, click on the button below. Photo courtesy of CCSU Twitter feed.

NMHS Alumna Tori Seiden is "Getting Things Done for America" - Part I

On Friday, 1/3, NMHS graduate Tori Seiden visited the Career Center to share her experience with AmeriCorps NCCC, a team-based community service program for people ages 18-24. Following her 2017 graduation from New Milford High School, Tori attended the University of Rhode Island. After her first year there, Tori felt restless in the academic setting. One thing she was sure of: she wanted "to do something important" for the community.

Tori decided to apply to AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Once accepted into the 10-month program, she began her service journey with training in Sacramento, CA. Following her training, Tori deployed for a farm in Graham, WA, which would be the first of three assignments she will participate in through AmeriCorps, serving communities in her assigned region. In addition to the unique experience, corps members like Tori are provided with housing, meals, and travel, as well as a monthly stipend. Upon completion of the program corps members also receive a sizable grant towards their education. Follow Tori's fascinating journey on Instagram, as she begins her second assignment stationed in Santa Cruz, CA. To learn more about AmeriCorps and the many programs available to young adults, visit their website.

Interpreting Your PSAT Score Report

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, and JUNIORS: PSAT Score Day was December 9th. NMHS students are now able to view their online score report through the College Board. Click on the button below to view a PowerPoint presentation on how to access your PSAT scores and interpret your results!

ALL STUDENTS: Career Bound Instead of College Bound?

Click on the button below to visit our NMHS Career Exploration Bulletin for information about upcoming events/offerings for students interested in career training, rather than a traditional college education.

Alumni Share Tips with NMHS Seniors

On January 7th, alumni from the NMHS Class of 2019 came in to talk with seniors during Advisories. Seniors heard from former students who have completed the college application process and transitioned to university, technical school, and the Connecticut National Guard. Seniors also had an opportunity to ask questions. The panel shared valuable input on topics that ranged from roommate selection to managing the academic workload, as well as scholarship advice, and more.

NMHS Winter Chorus Concert Delights Audience

On 12/19, members of the NMHS Chorus and Advanced Chorus entertained family, friends, and faculty at the annual Winter Concert. Click on the video below to watch a short video of the talented group performing the Christmas song "Ding-a Ding-a Ding".
Winter Concert 12/2019

NMHS Hosts Sherman Shadow Day

On December 12th NMHS hosted twenty Sherman eighth grade students for Sherman Shadow Day. After the morning kicked off with a musical welcome performance of the acclaimed NMHS Wind Ensemble, the Sherman students were each paired with a current NMHS freshman. Together, the Sherman/NMHS student pairs followed the hosting ninth graders class schedule for the day. At the end of last period, the Sherman parents and students reconvened in the theater for a Q&A session with the NMHS Freshmen Counseling Team. It was a productive and enjoyable day for all involved.

Latest Episode of Green Wave TV

This latest episode of Green Wave TV from the Advanced Video Production Class: First off, what would happen if Steve from Blues Clues went to college? Watch to find out! Next is a trailer for a horror film about a girl being haunted by dark nightmares of the school security guard. Is it all in her head, or is there something paranormal going on? Then, Lucas has to sit through an uncomfortable holiday meal with his annoying relatives. Finally, we end with a news segment about an eccentric artist and her minimalist work.
GWTV 2019-2020: Ep. #4

SENIORS: Local Scholarships are Beginning!

It's finally starting. While there are already some national and Connecticut scholarships listed in Naviance, seniors will now start to see local and regional scholarships being listed as well.

Here's how it works:

  1. Click on the first button below to view a list of the local and regional scholarships that are now available to NMHS seniors. (This is a "live" spreadsheet that will continue to grow, so check back frequently through the winter for additions.)
  2. Read the brief description to see if you qualify for the scholarship.
  3. If you do qualify, log in to your Naviance account to find out how to apply for these coveted awards.

Scholarship application tips:

  • Follow the sponsor's instructions carefully.
  • Include all requested supplemental documents.
  • Type-written applications are preferable. If you cannot use a computer to complete an application, NEATLY hand-write your application in pen.
  • Use correct grammar, complete sentences, appropriately capitalized words, proper punctuation!
  • View the full list of NMHS procedures for scholarship applications by clicking the second button below.

SENIORS: National Scholarship Links

The Career Center continues to add scholarships to Naviance. While the vast majority of local scholarships won't be available until after late January, there are many national scholarships available in the interim. Check out these national scholarship sites online:

You can also use the national scholarship feature in Naviance - under the 'Colleges' tab, select 'Scholarships and Money', then select 'National Scholarship Search'.

SENIORS & JUNIORS: Naviance Video Tutorials Available

Click on the button below to peruse the NMHS showcase of how-to videos and learn how to navigate another Naviance task in three minutes or less.

SENIORS: Workshops for College Planning

Senior Workshops are offered every A-day during Advisory in the College & Career Center. For help with:

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

See Mrs. Shaffer to sign up.

SENIORS: College Essay Assistance

Literacy Volunteers of New Milford continue to 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.

SENIORS & Parents: Sign Up for REMIND Updates

Be in the know and get the latest information about admission rep visits, college deadlines, local scholarships, college/career field trips, Instant Decision Days, workshops, and so much more! Sign up for REMIND text updates from the Career Center. Click on the button for instructions on how to register.

ALL GRADES: Upcoming SAT & ACT Test Dates

In March 2020, all junior students will be participating in the Connecticut SAT School Day here at NMHS. However, any student (not just juniors!) can register online to take the SAT and/or to take the ACT throughout the year - as many times as you choose. Additional testing dates are listed below. Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you'll get!
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SENIORS & Parents: FAFSA Resources

Beginning Oct. 1st of this year, college-bound NMHS seniors are able to apply for financial aid for fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using your 2018 tax information. Click on this link to file your FAFSA, or, use one of the resources listed below.


Southern Connecticut State University's Office of Student Financial Literacy & Advising run by Lewis DeLuca, M. Ed., is rated as one of the top ten financial literacy programs in the country among Stanford, Duke, and other distinguished universities. Mr. DeLuca is available Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm on the SCSU campus to meet and discuss paying for college and financial literacy needs with any Connecticut student/family, regardless of SCSU application. For appointments, contact Mr. DeLuca at

Additional online FAFSA resources:

Parent Guide to the FAFSA

FAFSA Basics: Parent Income

FAFSA Basics: Parent Assets

Net Price vs. Cost of College: Huge differences

How Can You Afford College from NPR

4 Things About Money Not Learned in School

What's Happening at NMHS in January?

Tue., 1/7 - V Girls Basketball vs. Joel Barlow - 7:00 pm

Thu., 1/9 - V Boys Basketball vs. Masuk - 7:00 pm

Fri., 1/10 - V Girls Basketball vs. Stratford - 7:00 pm

Tue., 1/14 - V Girls Basketball vs. Immaculate - TBA

Tue., 1/14 - Girls Gymnastics vs. J. Barlow/Newtown/Oxford - 5:00 pm

Wed., 1/15 - V Boys Ice Hockey vs. Newington Coop @ Canterbury Ice Rink - 7:30 pm

Wed., 1/15 - V Girls Basketball vs. Weston - 6:00 pm

Thur., 1/16 - Incoming Freshman Night - Theatre/Cafe - 7:00 pm

Fri., 1/17 - V Girls Basketball vs. Brookfield - 7:00 pm

Sat., 1/18 - New Milford Wrestling Tournament - 8:30 am

Tue., 1/21 - V Boys Basketball vs. Bethel - 7:00 pm

Tue., 1/21 - V Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Weston @ Canterbury Pool - 7:00 pm

Wed, 1/22 - Boys Ice Hockey vs. Housatonic/NW/Wamogo/Torrington @Canterbury Ice Rink - 7:15 pm

Wed., 1/22 - V Wrestling vs. Pomperaug - 6:00 pm

Fri., 1/24 - V Boys Basketball vs. Pomperaug - 7:00 pm

Tue., 1/28 - V Boys Basketball vs. Kolbe Cathedral - 7:00 pm

Tue., 1/28 - V Boys Swimming & Diving vs. New Fairfield @ Canterbury Pool - 7:00 pm

Wed., 1/29 - V Boys Ice Hockey vs. SGWL @ Canterbury Ice Rink - 7:15 pm

Thu., 1/30 - V Girls Gymnastics vs. Trumbull - 5:00 pm

Thu., 1/30 - V Girls Gymnastics vs. St. Joseph - TBA

Fri., 1/31 - V Girls Basketball vs. Masuk - 7:00 pm

Important Dates to Remember

Activity Day


Incoming Freshmen Night

1/16 (Snow Date 2/6)

No School

1/20 - Martin Luther King Day

Midterm Exams

1/22 - 1/27 (pending snow days)

2nd Quarter Ends

1/27 (pending snow days)

3rd Quarter Begins

1/28 (pending snow days)

SAT Administered in School

3/25 - CT SAT School Day - for all NMHS Juniors

College Visits for SENIORS and JUNIORS

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

Tues. 1/21 - Kean University (NJ) - 8:00 am

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Attention PARENTS: The 2020 Grad Party Needs Your Help!

The 2020 Grad Party Committee invites you to join them. Planning meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the teacher’s lounge at NMHS. Volunteers are always welcome!!! The next meeting will be on 1/9/2020.

For more information about the schedule of meetings for the 2019-2020 school year, upcoming events, fundraising, and ways you can help, please visit their website at

2019 - 2020 Clubs & Activities at NMHS

Find out about all of the exciting opportunities available to NMHS students for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Click on the button below for the Clubs & Activities List.

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!