New Milford High School News Blast

March 2020

Conference Scheduling Link is LIVE

Parents, the conference scheduling link is now live. Click on the button below if you wish to schedule conferences with your child's teacher(s). The online scheduling portal closes on 3/4 at 9:00 am. Appointment times are available on Wednesday, 3/11 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM and Thursday, 3/12 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

JUNIORS: Important CT SAT School Day Information for 3/25

Wednesday March 25, 2020 is the state wide administration of the SAT to all grade 11 students. Students will automatically be registered to take the test.


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. Students should check their seating assignment on rosters posted outside of the arena. 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: On SAT Day, Get Up to 8 FREE SAT Score Sends

When applying to college, seniors will pay $12 per school to send their SAT scores to schools which require them. When you combine that expense with college application fees (which range from $35-$90 per school), the cost can add up quickly - especially if you're planning on applying to several schools. However, on SAT Day, juniors can get up to four FREE SAT score sends to public colleges/universities, as well as four FREE SAT score sends to independent/private colleges/universities (that's potentially $96 in savings). If you're too stressed on exam day to input your schools, simply log into your College Board account within nine days after you take the SAT and select your schools then. Click HERE for more information.

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & JUNIORS: Get FREE Customized SAT Prep

Khan Academy, in conjunction with College Board, is offering free customized SAT prep based on a student's performance on the PSAT. Generated SAT practice is tailored specifically to focus on those areas in which the student requires the most practice. Click on the button below to find out more information!
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NMHS Gymnastics Team Wins SWC Championship & States!

The New Milford Green Wave Gymnastics team won the 2020 SWC Championship this season after tying for 1st place in overall points with Pomperaug High School. Both teams accumulated 140.050 points to become SWC Co-Champions. Hailey Best finished 2nd overall in All Around, earning her 1st Team All Conference Status, which included placing 1st in Bars and Floor, 2nd on Vault, and 4th on Beam. Riley Herring and Lexi Donnelly earned 2nd Team All Conference recognition for their performances as well with Riley placing 4th on Bars, and Lexi placing 8th on Bars and 6th on Floor respectively. This is the Gymnastics team's 6th SWC Championship in the last 11 years. The team will be competing in the CIAC Class M State Championships at Jonathan Law High School on Saturday, February 29th, and those who qualify will compete in the CIAC State Open Championships on Saturday, March 7th at New Milford High School.


The gymnastics team went on to win the CIAC Class M State Championship on February 29th at Jonathan Law High School with an overall team score of 134.800. This is the 3rd time in school history that New Milford has won the Gymnastics State Championships. Green Wave Gymnasts Hailey Best, Lexi Donnelly, Riley Herring, and Thea Spinner all qualified and will compete in the CIAC State Open Championships on Saturday, March 7th at 10:00AM hosted at New Milford High School. Congratulations to all!

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Green Wave Wrestling Team Takes South-West Conference

The New Milford Green Wave Wrestling team won the 2020 SWC Championship this season placing 1st in overall points with a score of 162.00 points. Max Piel, Khalil Bourjeili, and Richard Morrell earned 1st Team All Conference Status by placing 1st in their weight class. Evan Lindner and Peter Coniglio earned 2nd Team All Conference Status for placing 2nd in their weight class, and Jake Coniglio and Tynan Lin earned Honorable Mention Status placing 3rd in their weight class. This is the Wrestling team's 15th SWC Championship in the last 19 years. At the CIAC Class L State Championships, Evan Lindner, Khalil Bourjeili, and Richard Morrell all placed 1st in their weight class earning All State status. These 3 wrestlers, along with Peter Coniglio, Jake Coniglio, and Max Piel all qualified for and will be competing in the CIAC State Open Championship on February 28th-29th.

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NMHS Bowling Club is SWC 2020 Runner-Up Champion

The New Milford Bowling Club participated in the 3rd Annual SWC Bowling Tournament on February 24th at the Nutmeg Bowl in Fairfield. New Milford was the SWC Runner-Up Champion with a team score of 2804. Riley Smith was the Female Singles Winner with a pin total of 610. Matt Crookshank, Brandon Deldin, and Matt Viserto finished 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively in the Male Singles Division with scores of 595, 590, and 534. Way to go Green Wave!

NMHS Student Council Raises Funds for Camella’s Cupboard

The Student Council of New Milford High School hosted the first ever Winter Semi-Formal Dance on Saturday, February 8 to help raise money for the local organization, Camella’s Cupboard. Close to 300 students attended the dance in which a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales went towards making a donation to Camella’s Cupboard. Camella’s Cupboard is a local food pantry located in New Milford whose mission is to provide year-round food access for children and families in need.


“We wanted to do something for the community, and the dance was a way to raise money for this great charity,” said Mariya Tazi, president of Student Council.


Following the event, Ms. Angela Chastain, a representative from the food pantry, attended a Student Council meeting where she personally thanked the students for their contribution and inspired many to volunteer their time to help the organization. Student Council proudly donated $1,500 to Camella’s Cupboard, and plans to continue community involvement in the future.

ALL STUDENTS: Army Adventure Semi Coming to NMHS on 3/17

Featuring a combination of hands-on, interactive systems and exhibits that enable students to get a glimpse of what it's like to be a Soldier in the armed service, the Army's American Soldier Adventure Semi is coming to NMHS on Tuesday, 3/17. Traveling thousands of miles across the United States, the mobile exhibit will be available to all NMHS students, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, by pass only. Interested students can see their school counselor or sign up in the Career Center for a pass to explore, learn, and show support for our U.S. military.

Lincoln Technical Institute Field Trips 3/18 & 3/19

Shelton Campus Field Trip 3/18

Join the NMHS School Counseling and Tech Ed Departments on a field trip on Wednesday, 3/18 to Lincoln Tech in Shelton. Students will depart NMHS at 9:15 am, tour the Shelton LTI campus, observe a culinary demonstration, and enjoy a free lunch prepared by LTI faculty chefs - all offered at no cost to students. Students will return to NMHS at 2:00 pm. The following career training program areas are offered at Lincoln's Shelton campus:


East Windsor Campus Field Trip 3/19

Students are invited to join the NMHS School Counseling and Tech Ed Department field trip on Thursday, 3/19 to explore career training at the Lincoln Tech East Windsor campus. Students will depart NMHS at 7:45 am. Following a tour of the LTI East Windsor campus, students will enjoy a free lunch compliments of LTI. The field trip, offered at no cost to students, will return to NMHS at 2:00 pm. The following program areas are offered at Lincoln's East Windsor campus:


Visit the NMHS Career Center for a field trip permission slip and to sign up. First preference is given to upperclassmen. Field trip permission slips are due by 3/5.

Workshop for Parents of IEP and 504 Students 3/19

Parents of students who receive Special Education services or have a 504 Accommodation Plan are invited to attend a workshop run by Western Connecticut State University’s AccessAbility Services Office on Thursday, 3/19 at 6:00 p.m. in the NMHS Lecture Hall.


The program, offered by the NMHS School Counseling and Special Education Departments, is aimed at assisting parents in planning for their child's next steps and raising awareness of services available at the post secondary level. The college process can be overwhelming for any family, which is why we would like to alleviate some of that stress and help to answer questions parents may have when it comes to supporting their child in the next phase of their educational journey.


Topics covered at the workshop are as follows:

  • Preparing for college
  • Differences between accommodations offered in high school and college
  • Classroom, housing and campus accommodations
  • Support Services offered at WCSU
  • Procedures and policies for requesting accommodations and services
  • Tips for parents to assist students in making a smooth transition to college


Western Connecticut State University is just one of many colleges and every school may offer a wide variety of services to students, which make it important to know how this process works. Even if WCSU is not currently on your child’s list of schools they wish to apply to, we encourage you attend the workshop to be aware of services that exist. The workshop will help you explore what types of questions you may want to ask the schools that your son or daughter wishes to apply to, and help facilitate the process of transitioning to college. Please RSVP to this event by March 10th by emailing the school counseling secretary, Tracey Salvatore, at salvatoret@newmilfordps.org.

The NMHS All-School Musical Presents... "The Addams Family"

Tickets for the 2020 NMHS All-School Musical production of

The Addams Family are on sale now!


Showtimes:

Friday, 3/20 - 7:00 PM Curtain

Saturday, 3/21 - 7:00 PM Curtain

Sunday, 3/22 - 3:00 PM Curtain

Friday, 3/27 - 7:00 PM Curtain

Saturday, 3/28 - 7:00 PM Curtain

Sunday, 3/29 - 2:00 PM Curtain


Tickets:

Online: BUY TICKETS ONLINE or click on the button below

In person: Available at the NMHS Box Office after school, Mon. - Thurs. 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 (credit card purchases incur a $1.50 fee per ticket), or $15 at the door on the day of the performance.

ALL GRADES: College & Post-Secondary Options Fair 3/30

Students, now that you'll have taken the SATs on 3/25, come to the College & Post Secondary Options Fair, right here at NMHS on Monday, 3/30. Over 80 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. Families are welcome!

UNDERCLASSMEN & PARENTS: Post-Secondary Planning Night is 4/1

Formerly called 'College Planning Night' and open only to juniors and their parents, this event is offered by the School Counseling Department to prepare students and their parents for the post-secondary planning process. The seminar, now open to all underclassmen and parents, will take place on 4/1, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the NMHS Theater. Admissions reps from the University of New Haven and Porter & Chester Institute will discuss 'finding the right school', the application process, and answer questions. For students interested in pursuing a military career path, please see your counselor during school hours to take advantage of the resources we have available for each of the unique military branches.

Universal Tech Automotive Field Trip 4/7

Join us on an Automotive & Diesel Career Field Trip on Tuesday, 4/7 to the Penske Autogroup Service Center (Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Audi in Fairfield, CT) to explore career opportunities and training as an Automotive Technician. Sponsored by Universal Tech, the field trip departs from NMHS at 8:00 am and is offered at no cost to students. UTI will also provide students with a free lunch, and return to NMHS by 1:30 pm. Field trip permission slips are due by 3/24.

Porter & Chester Institute Field Trip 4/8

Join Mr. Wilson and the School Counseling Department for a field trip to Porter & Chester Institute's Waterbury campus on Wednesday, 4/8 to explore career training in the fields listed below. The field trip, offered at no cost to students, departs NMHS at 7:45 am and returns at 12:00 pm (students will return in time to have lunch here at school, then be able to attend their 4th period class). Visit the NMHS Career Center for a field trip permission slip and to sign up. First preference is given to upperclassmen. Field trip permission slips are due by 3/25.


The following program areas are offered at PCI's Waterbury campus:

SENIORS: Mercy College & Naugatuck Valley Community College Instant Decision Day 4/9

Admissions reps from Mercy College and Naugatuck Valley Community College will be on-site at NMHS for our Spring Instant Decision Day on Thursday, 4/9, with appointments available from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.


See your Guidance Counselor or Mrs. Shaffer in the Career Center for more information. Participation requires pre-registration by 4/8.

Career Construction Days Field Trip 5/6

Join Mr. Wilson and Mr. Nathan on Wednesday, 5/6 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 below. The cost of the field trip is $10.00, and requires a permission slip as well as a Parent Waiver/Consent Form. Students will depart NMHS at 8:00 am and return to school at 2:00 pm. Lunch can be purchased from concession vendors, or brought by the student from home. See your Guidance Counselor, Mr. Wilson in 1508, or Mrs. Shaffer in 1101 to sign up. Upperclassmen will be given first priority. Field trip permission slips are due by 4/22.
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Latest Episode of Green Wave TV

Check out the latest GWTV episode below! This episode includes creative skits made by the Green Wave TV team as well as a promo for the Winter Percussion and Winterguard season.

GWTV 2019-2020: Ep. #5

SENIORS: The Local Scholarship List is GROWING!

Last year, members of the NMHS Class of 2019 received over $266,000 in scholarships from sponsors right here in our amazing community. The Class of 2020 can now apply for the same awards in Naviance. Read the NMHS Scholarship Instructions and Procedures by clicking the button below to find out how it works. Then, click on the growing Local & Regional Scholarship List. Seniors can also apply for multiple scholarships using just one application, the NMHS Common App for scholarships. Heads up, though - Mrs. Shaffer will be sending scholarship updates almost exclusively through REMIND texts. Sign up information can be found below.

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.

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.

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: 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

On March 25th, 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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PARENTS: The 2020 Grad Party Committee Needs Your Help!

The 2020 Grad Party Committee invites you to join them at their monthly planning meeting (which are usually held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the teacher’s lounge at NMHS). However, the next meeting will be on 3/19. Volunteers are always welcome!!! For more information about the schedule of meetings for the 2019-2020 school year, upcoming events, fundraising, and other ways you can help, please visit their website at nmhsgradparty.org.

What's Happening at NMHS in March?

Sat., 3/7 - CIAC State Open Individual Gymnastics Championships - 10:00 am

Fri., 3/20 - All-School Musical - 7:00 pm

Sat., 3/21 - All-School Musical - 7:00 pm

Sun., 3/22 - All-School Musical - 3:00 pm

Fri., 3/27 - All-School Musical - 7:00 pm

Sat., 3/28 - All-School Musical - 7:00 pm

Sun., 3/29 - All-School Musical - 2:00 pm

Important Dates to Remember

Conferences

3/11 - 2:30-4:30 pm

3/12 - 1:00-8:00 pm


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3/12 - School Conferences


Wingman Activity Day

3/18


Activity Day

3/19


SAT Administered in School

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


NMHS & BHS College & Post-Secondary Options Fair

3/30 - 6:30-8:00 pm, Arena


Post-Secondary Planning Night

4/1 - 7:00 pm, NMHS Theater


3rd Quarter Ends

4/2 (pending snow days)


4th Quarter Begins

4/3 (pending snow days)


Spring Recess

4/10-17


AP Exams

5/4 - 5/15


Junior & Senior Prom

5/9 - Amber Room, 6:30-11:30 pm


Specialty Awards Night

5/13 - NMHS Theater, 7:00-9:00 pm


Senior Scholarship Night

5/27 - Cafeteria & NMHS Theater, 6:00 pm


Senior Banquet

5/28 - Candlewood Inn, 6:00-10:00 pm

* Proper attire required (no shorts or jeans)


Senior Trip

5/29 - Six Flags New England, 7:45 am-6:00 pm


Graduation

6/20 - WCSU West Side Campus, 2:00 pm

College Visits for SENIORS and JUNIORS

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


Tue., 3/3 - Paul Smith's College - 11:00 am

Mon., 3/9 - Ringling College of Art and Design - 10:00 am

Mon., 3/30 - Binghamton University - 11:30 am

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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 www.smore.com/vmk1y, or by clicking on the button below. Looking to make some coin? Check it out!