New Milford High School News Blast

November 2019

NMHS Athletic Program Receives Michaels Achievement Cup Award

The New Milford High School Athletic Program has been selected by the CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference) to receive the Michaels Achievement Cup Award for the work that was done during the 2018-2019 school year. The award recognizes the achievements of, and work done to foster good sportsmanship in the Athletic Program during the 2018-2019 academic year. This is the 2nd time that New Milford has been selected for this award since its inception in the early 1980s. In 2016, the Class Act School program was launched at the Annual Sportsmanship Conference and was designed to empower schools and specifically students to enhance sportsmanship. Since then, the New Milford Athletic Department, in collaboration with the NMHS Athletic Council have implemented many new ideas to help foster an athletic environment of sportsmanship and positive fan behavior. Some of these ideas have included, pre-game Sportsmanship announcements, a Sportsmanship video created by the students, and a Student Spectator Code of Conduct Pledge that all student spectators must agree to prior to attending a NMHS Athletic Event. These initiatives have helped create a positive culture and climate at NMHS Athletic Events. New Milford will be honored at the CIAC Sportsmanship Conference at the Aqua Turf in Southington on November 21st.

NMHS Marching Band & Color Guard Win New England Championship Title!

On Saturday, 10/26 the NMHS Marching Band & Color Guard competed in the USBands New England Championship competition, finishing with a score of 90.84 and winning their VI-A Division for the State of Connecticut, and New England. Watch the video below to see the performance. Congratulations to all Green Wave band & color guard members! Video credit: Kris Stewart
New Milford Bands - Twilight Zone 2019

JUNIORS & Parents: Senior Year Course Selection Info Sessions 11/5

Believe it or not, it's almost time to begin planning for your student's senior year. To help with this process, the school counselors are holding Informational Sessions on Tuesday, November 5th (a conference day, no school for students). These sessions will provide information for juniors and their parents on selecting courses for senior year, credit requirements, getting started on the college search process, and more. While these informational sessions focus on course selection and college preparation, there will be additional sessions held in the spring designed for career readiness and post- secondary option planning. Three Info sessions will be held in the NMHS Theater at the following times: 2:00 - 3:00 pm, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, and 5:30 to 6:30 pm

If interested in attending, please email our Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Salvatore at, and indicate the date and time that you will attend. (Dates for sessions held in the spring will sent at a later date.)

Big picture

SENIORS: Instant Decision Week is 12/2 - 12/6

Seniors, if you're planning on applying to any one of the schools listed below, don't wait weeks for an acceptance decision! Admissions Reps from all five schools will be on-site at NMHS for Instant Decision Week - 12/2 to 12/6. Find out immediately if you've been accepted!

  • Mon. 12/2 - Western Connecticut State University
  • Tues. 12/3 - Iona College and University of New Haven
  • Wed. 12/4 - Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Thurs. 12/5 - Southern Connecticut State University
  • Fri. 12/6 - Central Connecticut State University

Participation requires pre-registration in the Career Center, and students must apply (and pay the application fee) to the universities by 11/25 via the Common App, or directly to the schools. See Mrs. Shaffer in 1101 for more information.

Fall Production of "Clue: On Stage" 12/5- 7

Join the NMHS Drama Club on Thursday, 12/5 through Saturday 12/7 for their production of the fall play, "Clue: On Stage". Stay tuned for ticket information!

UCONN Announces Free Tuition for Qualifying 2020 Applicants

Connecticut Commitment, an initiative created by the University of Connecticut, announced that beginning Fall of 2020, it will offer free undergraduate tuition for qualified students with household incomes of $50,000 or less. According to the UCONN website, the goal of the program is to make 'a top-notch education accessible and affordable for Connecticut students.' For more information, click on the link to see UCONN's FAQ regarding the initiative.

Looking for a Great Value University? Look Out-of-State, Too!

Savvy college shoppers know that if you're looking for a good value university, schools in the south tend to be less expensive. However, there's a recent trend that's been happening just a short distance away in the great state of Maine, as well as in other nearby states such as Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Some schools in these states are becoming very competitive cost-wise with our Connecticut public universities. To preview our abbreviated list of universities with the same annual cost as UCONN - or less, click on the button below.

SENIORS: A GAP Year Without the Gap!

Verto Education offers an affordable way for students to incorporate travel into their four year college experience. Verto offers a first semester abroad program which gives students an opportunity to explore the world while also providing accredited transferable college credit and therefore, keeps students on a 4-year graduation timeline. Students can spend their first semester or two of college in either Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, or the South Pacific. When a student applies to Verto, he/she can simultaneously apply to any of their partner colleges and receive a free, non-binding admissions decision within a couple of weeks. Some their two dozen partner colleges include Bucknell, UVM, James Madison, Merrimack, Pace, High Point, Springfield, and more! Click on the Verto logo for more information about their programs.

SENIORS: Failure to Complete Selective Service Registration Can Affect Your FAFSA & Have Lifelong Consequences

All male citizens are required by law to register for Selective Service within 30 days of turning age 18. Registration for Selective Service is a civic duty as well as an important component of our national defense preparedness. Besides being a felony punishable up to $250,000 and/or by five years in prison, failing to register before age 26 can have significant and lifelong consequences. Particularly for college and career bound high school students, it can affect one's ability to receive Federal Aid in the form of college loans and grants, and/or prohibit participation in federally-funded training and certification programs. Failing to register can also bar an individual from federal employment, and make him/her ineligible for many state and local jobs, or preclude a person's ability to become a government contractor. In addition, it can delay the citizenship application for immigrants (both documented and undocumented) for five years. To find out more information about registering for Selective Service, visit the U.S. Selective Service System website.

Lincoln Technical Institute Rep to Visit NMHS 11/6

An Admissions Rep from Lincoln Tech will be in the Career Center on Wednesday, 11/6 at 9:30am. Students interested in meeting with the rep and learning more about their career training opportunities in Automotive, Skilled Trades, Health Sciences, Culinary, Spa & Cosmetology, or Information Technology should sign up in Room 1101. Click on the Lincoln Tech logo to be connected to their website.

Porter & Chester Institute Rep to Visit NMHS 11/14

An Admissions Rep from Porter & Chester Institute will be in the Career Center on Thursday, 11/14 at 10:00 am. Students interested in meeting with the rep and learning more about their career training opportunities in Automotive, CADD (Computer-Aided Drafting & Design), Cosmetology, Dental & Medical Assisting, Medical Coding & Billing, Practical Nursing, HVACR, Electrical, and Plumbing should sign up in Room 1101. Click on the Lincoln Tech logo to be connected to their website.

Universal Technical Institute Rep to Visit NMHS 12/9

An Admissions Rep from Universal Tech will be in the Career Center on Monday, 12/9 at 9:15am. Students interested in meeting with the rep and learning more about their career training opportunities in Automotive, Diesel, Collision Repair, Motorcycle, Marine, Welding or CNC Machining should sign up in Room 1101. Click on the Lincoln Tech logo to be connected to their website.

Missed Senior Planning Night or Financial Aid Night?

If you were unable to attend Senior Planning Night, click on the 1st button below to see the NMHS School Counseling Department's PowerPoint presentation. If you missed College Financial Aid Night, click on the second button below to view a video of the presentation put on by Valark Financial Services (recorded at Glastonbury High School).

SENIORS & JUNIORS: New Naviance Video Tutorial Now Available!

Click on the button below to view our latest NMHS video tutorial: How to add schools to 'Colleges I'm Thinking About' in Naviance. Or, peruse the NMHS showcase of how-to videos and learn how to navigate another Naviance task in three minutes or less.

SENIORS & Parents: FREE FAFSA Workshops & Resources

Beginning Oct. 1, college-bound NMHS seniors can 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.

FREE WORKSHOP: Connecticut Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA) offers FAFSA DAY CONNECTICUT. Their free events (11/2, 11/3, & 11/6) are held throughout the state to help students/families complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. Click on the second button below to see locations, event details, and register.


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

ALL GRADES: Upcoming SAT & ACT Test Dates

In spring 2020, all junior students will be participating in the Connecticut SAT School Day here at NMHS (date to be annouced). 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!
Big picture

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

Sign up in Naviance (click HERE). From your Home Page: Go to the "Colleges" tab, then scroll down under "Visits".

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: College Application Tips!

  1. Once you've submitted a college application, watch for an email from the college/university. Often you will be given access to an application portal where you can track the status of your application.
  2. Make sure you add all of your schools to your FAFSA. Not doing so can delay your financial aid packet from any school you didn't include.

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.

What's Happening at NMHS in Nov. & Dec.?

Fri., 11/1 - V Football vs. Masuk - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., 11/1 - V Girls Volleyball vs Canton - 5:30 p.m.

Fri., 11/15 - V Football Pomperaug - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., 11/22 - SHS Talent Show - 7:00 p.m.

Tue., 11/26 - V Football vs. New Fairfield - 7:00 p.m.

Thu., 12/5 - Fall Drama Production - "Clue: On Stage" - 7:00 p.m.

Fri., 12/6 - Fall Drama Production - "Clue: On Stage" - 7:00 p.m

Sat., 12/7 - Fall Drama Production - "Clue: On Stage" - 7:00 p.m.

Thu., 12/12 - Band Concert - 7:00 p.m.

Thu., 12/19 - Chorus Concert - 7:00 p.m.

November Events at the Observatory

The John J. McCarthy Observatory is hosting its monthly Second Saturday Stars open house on Saturday 11/9 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This month’s topic is neutron stars, the massive and dense remnants of supernova explosions. These objects are about the size of a city but weigh more than our Sun! November 11th (Veteran’s Day) there will be a transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun. The transit event will be taking place late morning into early afternoon. If weather permits, the observatory will be open to the public to view this rare event.

This month the freshman science classes will be visiting the observatory and viewing their extensive meteorite collection and learning how the age of the Earth was calculated using meteorites, the oldest surviving pieces of the early solar system. To learn more about November events at the observatory, go to the website or see Mrs. Ragonnet in Room 3303.

Important Dates to Remember

No School

11/5 - Election Day (no school for students)

11/11 - Veterans Day

11/27-11/29 - Thanksgiving Recess

NMHS Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/4 - 2:30 to 4:30 pm

11/5 - 1:00 to 8:00 pm

2nd Quarter Begins


Activity Day


Rep Visits for SENIORS and JUNIORS

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

Mon., 11/4 - New Jersey Institute of Technology - 9:00 am

Mon., 11/4 - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts - 10:30 am

Wed., 11/6 - Husson University - 8:30 am

Wed., 11/6 - Lincoln Technical Institute - 9:30 am

Thu., 11/7 - Wittenberg University - 12:00 pm

Tue., 11/12 - King's College - 12:00 pm

Thu., 11/14 - Porter and Chester Institute - 10:00 am

Mon., 12/2-12/6 - INSTANT DECISION WEEK - by appointment only

Mon., 12/9 - Universal Technical Institute - 9:15 am

Big picture

SENIORS: National Scholarship Links

The NMHS Career Center has activated its first national scholarship in Naviance, and will continue to add scholarships throughout the Fall and Winter. While the vast majority of local scholarships won't be available until late January, there are many national scholarships becoming available in the mean time. 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'.

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 November Grad Party Meeting will be 11/7 at 7 pm in the Staff Lunch Room. Thank you to all the students who helped with Haunted Trail, it was very successful! There will not be a December meeting. 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

Make a Difference in the Life of an NMHS Grad

Hello Parents of New Milford School District,

You truly can have an impact on the life of a New Milford High School graduate! By now you have received membership forms to join the PTO. What does New Milford PTO do with the funds raised through membership? First of all, the funds cover the operating costs for the entire PTO, including insurance for all school PTO sponsored events and in the near future, a better website. But most importantly, the funds raised through PTO membership ($10 per family per year) helps PTO award scholarships to graduating Seniors of New Milford High School. Each year, the New Milford PTO has the privilege to award scholarships in the amount of $1000 to Seniors on Scholarship night. Last year, the PTO awarded 11 $1000 scholarships. In past years, it has been as many as 23 scholarships to graduating seniors! Help us to make a difference in the lives of New Milford High School graduates! The following are some of the thank-you quotes PTO received from last year’s scholarship recipients:

“Because of the PTO scholarship, I can afford the experience of living on campus for my first year.” - Ryan

“I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals.” - Matthew

“Thank you for the scholarship money to help me pay for college.” - Sophie

Dr. Parker has graciously agreed to team up with the PTO in our membership campaign this year. The school with the highest percentage of participation in PTO membership will receive a lunch courtesy of JoJo’s Deli paid for by Dr. Parker! PTO would love to see at least 50% staff participation at each school. Please join us and know that you did your part to make a difference in the life of a New Milford graduate! Pick up a form in the Main Office & join today!

Mandi MacDonald
NMPTO President

New Milford Youth Agency is Hiring!

Big picture

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!