New Milford High School News Blast
FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & JUNIORS: PSATs are 10/16
What to Bring:
- Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
- An approved calculator
What NOT to Bring:
- Any devices, including cellphones and smartwatches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content are not allowed at the testing site - this includes in hallways and lavatories during breaks. Therefore, students should place all electronic devices in their locker before reporting to their testing location.
- Protractors, compasses, rulers
- Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils
- Pamphlets or papers of any kind
- Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language
- Food and drinks—including bottled water—unless your school has approved these as a testing accommodation for a disability. Learn more about testing with accommodations.
During the test you will be allowed to have only these items on your desk:
- A test book
- An answer sheet
- No. 2 pencils with erasers
- An approved calculator (see above) —during one of the math sections only
If a student is seen with a device at any time, including during breaks, he/she will be dismissed immediately, his/her scores will be canceled, and the device may be confiscated and its contents inspected by the College Board.
SENIORS & Parents: Senior Planning Night is Wednesday, 10/2 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Theater.
Senior year is an exciting time 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.
ALL GRADES & Parents: Financial Aid Night is Thursday, 10/10 @ 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. NMHS welcomes Jamal Ford-Bey, a leading expert on college funding strategies to show options and offer insights to help you and your student navigate your way through the Financial Aid process. Students (in all grades, but especially SENIORS!) and parents are encouraged to attend. DISCOVER:
◾ The most effective way to save and invest for college
◾ Best loans in today’s economy and types you should avoid
◾ How to make the most of the financial aid system
◾ How to negotiate your financial aid package
◾ Resources for scholarships and when to apply
◾ Top myths about who qualifies for financial aid
AP Students: Register & Pay for Exams by 10/10
All students taking an AP course for the 2019-2020 school year must register and pay for the May exams by 10/10. Click the button below to register and pay your $95 exam fee.
* See your School Counselor should AP Testing Fees present a financial hardship for your family.
Marine ROTC Info Session 10/23
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 - 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.
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.
- College Goal Sunday is a free, on-site program which utilizes financial aid professionals and community-based service providers to assist students and their families with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Offered on 10/6, The workshop is presented by Naugatuck Valley Community College. Click on the button below for information.
- Connecticut Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA) offers FAFSA DAY CONNECTICUT. Their free events (10/3, 10/19, 10/20, 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.
Further FAFSA ASSISTANCE:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional online FAFSA resources:
Seniors Participate in Senior Seminar for College & Career Planning
Home Premier of the NMHS Band Show is Truly "a Dimension of Sound, Sight, & Mind"
The New Milford High School Band and Color Guard hosted its annual USBands home competition on Saturday, September 21st. As the hosting school, NMHS did not compete. However, the audience was captivated by the first home performance of "The Twilight Zone" from our award winning NMHS Marching Band. You can see the show and follow their "journey into a wondrous land of imagination" at any Varsity home football game this season. Next stop, the Twilight Zone! Photo credit: Kris Stewart
Spirit Week Illuminates the Heart of the Green Wave
Homecoming 2019 came to a close over NMHS as Saturday night's dance wound down in a whirlwind of music and celebration. Victory on the football field at Friday night's Varsity game with a 30-29 win over Hamden only added to revelry. The NMHS student body wholeheartedly embraced the 2019 Spirit Week festivities, right up through Friday afternoon's Pep Rally. Check out the pictures from each of the themed days, and a short Pep Rally video - including a clip of the seniors dominating the faculty in the tug-of-war. Go Green Wave!
SENIORS & JUNIORS: Naviance Video Tutorials Now Available!
Having trouble figuring out how to do something in Naviance? Click on the button below to see our NMHS showcase of how-to videos and learn how to navigate a Naviance task in three minutes or less. Topics include:
- How to search for a college using the SuperMatch tool
- How to sign up for a college rep visit in Naviance
- How to do teacher/counselor letter of recommendation requests in Naviance
- And more!
- How to sign your FERPA in the Common App
- How to match your Common App with Naviance
- How to create a resume in Naviance
- How to add colleges of interest in Naviance
- How to request transcripts in Naviance
- Where to find the NMHS Counselor Recommendation Questionaire in Naviance
ALL GRADES: Fall College Fairs
It's never too early to start exploring college options!
- Sunday, 10/13 - STEM College & Career Fair - Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY - 1:00-4:00 p.m. Register/view the list of attending colleges.
- Tuesday, 10/15 - New England Association of College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) Fall College Fair - William Pitt Recreation Center, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT - 9:00-11:30 a.m. List of attending colleges.
- Monday, 10/21 - Danbury College Fair - Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury, CT - 5:00-8:30 p.m. The list of attending colleges will be posted three weeks before the fair at Danbury College Fair.
ALL GRADES: Upcoming SAT & ACT Test Dates
ALL GRADES: Career Exploration
Surveys estimate that 20-50% of all college students will start college with an 'undecided' or 'undeclared' major. And, according to the U.S. Department of Education, 30% of students who initially do declare a major will change their major at least once before graduation - some more than once! More good news: most colleges/universities don't require students to declare a major before the second semester of their sophomore year. But what if you're not considering college? That's okay, too - you have lots of options: the military, a trade/technical school, a gap year program, or employment. So, while it can feel a bit unsettling to be unsure about you career path, you're not alone in your uncertainty.
The great news: there are many resources and tools available to help you identify/define your interests, and offer you a wealth of career cluster options and information. These tools can help you discover what type of training/education is required for a specific profession, what the future job market looks like in a particular industry, what the salary might be for that job, what types of career paths you might pursue with a specific college major, and much more.
- CollegeBoard offers Big Future - click on "Explore Careers", and choose a drop down option
- Naviance has multiple tools: 'Career Cluster Finder', 'Career Interest Profiler', and 'Road Trip Nation'
- O*NET Interest Profiler is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor which has compiled a wealth of real-world data to help you "find out what your interests are, and how it relates to the world of work."
- Do a general 'career interest survey' search in Google and try any one of the many free interest assessment tools available on reputable websites
- Talk to your NMHS School Counselor
- Ask questions! If someone has an interesting job, ask them about it! How did they come to choose that profession? What type of training/education was required? What advice would they give you? Are there part-time employment opportunities you could pursue in that industry, so you can get a better idea of whether you'd like it?
Students Find Out What it Takes to Become a Nursing Major
SENIORS: Workshops for College Planning
- College Applications
- 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
SENIORS: College Application Tips!
- Do complete your resume in Naviance. Your Letter of Recommendation teachers will use it as a guide to your high school achievements (& you can use the resume later for scholarship applications!)
- Do create an appropriate personal email address to use for your Common App.
- Do keep an eye on those application deadlines!
SENIORS & Parents: Sign Up for REMIND Updates
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 October meeting will be held at Harrybrooke Park on 10/10 at 6 pm. It will be a working meeting to help set up for help set up for the Haunted Trail.
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 nmhsgradparty.org.
What's Happening at NMHS in October?
Wed., 10/2 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Pomperaug - 6:30 p.m.
Wed., 10/2 - Senior Planning Night - 7:00 p.m.
Thu., 10/3 - V Boys Soccer vs. Kolbe Cathedral - 4:30 p.m.
Fri., 10/4 - V Field Hockey vs. Weston - 5:45 p.m.
Fri., 10/4 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Bethel - 5:30 p.m.
Mon., 10/7 - V Boys Soccer vs. Brookfield - 6:00 p.m.
Mon., 10/7 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Newtown - 6:15 p.m.
Thu., 10/10 - V Field Hockey vs. Bethel - 5:30 p.m.
Thu., 10/10 - Financial Aid Night - 7:00 p.m.
Fri., 10/11 - V Boys Soccer vs. Immaculate - 6:00 p.m.
Tue., 10/15 - V Girls Soccer vs. Joel Barlow - 6:00 p.m.
Tue., 10/15 - V Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Immaculate/Bethel - 7:00 p.m.
Wed., 10/16 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Notre Dame-Fairfield - 5:30 p.m.
Thu., 10/17 - V Boys Soccer vs. Notre Dame-Fairfield - 4:30 p.m.
Thu., 10/17 - V Field Hockey vs. Brookfield - 5:30 p.m.
Fri., 10/18 - V Football vs. Wilbur Cross - 7:00 p.m.
Fri., 10/18 - V Girls Volleyball vs.Joel Barlow - 5:30 p.m.
Mon., 10/21 - National Honor Society Induction - 7:00 p.m.
Tue., 10/22 - V Boys Soccer vs. Masuk - 6:00 p.m.
Tue., 10/22 - V Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Joel Barlow - 7:00 p.m.
Thu., 10/24 - V Girls Soccer vs. Pomperaug -
Thu., 10/24 - Advanced Chorus Concert - 7:00 p.m.
Fri., 10/25 - V Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Bunnell - 7:00 p.m.
Mon., 10/28 - V Boys Soccer vs. Bethel - 6:00 p.m.
Mon., 10/28 - V Girls Volleyball vs. New Fairfield - 6:30 p.m.
Mon., 10/28 - Math Honor Society Induction - 7:00 p.m.
Wed., 10/30 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Immaculate - 6:15 p.m.
College Visits for SENIORS and JUNIORS
Tues., 10/1 - Western New England University - 8:00 am
Tues., 10/1 - Western Connecticut State University - 9:00 am
Tues., 10/1 - American University - 10:00 am
Tues., 10/1 - Johnson & Wales University - 10:30 am
Tues., 10/1 - Curry College - 11:00 am
Wed., 10/2 - Gettysburg College - 8:00 am
Wed., 10/2 - Marist College - 8:30 am
Wed., 10/2 - Hartwick College - 9:00 am
Wed., 10/2 - Colby-Sawyer College - 9:30 am
Thur., 10/3 - Dickinson College - 8:00 am
Thur., 10/3 - Mount Saint Mary College - 8:30 am
Thur., 10/3 - Salve Regina University - 9:00 am
Thur., 10/3 - Union College - 9:30 am
Thur., 10/3 - Saint Anselm College - 10:00 am
Thur., 10/3 - Saint Joseph's University - 10:30 am
Thur., 10/3 - Muhlenberg College - 11:00 am
Thur., 10/3 - Hamilton College - NY - 12:00 pm
Fri., 10/4 - Providence College - 8:00 am
Fri., 10/4 - University of New Hampshire - 9:30 am
Fri., 10/4 - Hofstra University - 10:30 am
Fri., 10/4 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - 11:30 am
Fri., 10/4 - Cedar Crest College - 12:00 pm
Mon., 10/7 - Syracuse University - 8:00 am
Mon., 10/7 - Boston University - 9:00 am
Mon., 10/7 - Siena College - 10:30 am
Mon., 10/7 - Mercy College - All Campuses - 12:00 pm
Tues, 10/8 - Lasell University - 8:30 am
Tues, 10/8 - DePauw University - 9:00 am
Tues, 10/8 - Southern Connecticut State University - 10:30 am
Tues, 10/8 - Merrimack College - 11:30 am
Tues, 10/8 - University of Saint Joseph - 12:00 pm
Thur., 10/10 - Bentley University - 8:00 am
Thur., 10/10 - Southern New Hampshire University - 9:00 am
Fri., 10/11 - Culinary Institute of America, NY (Main Campus) - 10:30 am
Fri., 10/11 - Keene State College - 11:30 am
Fri., 10/11 - Columbia University - 12:00 pm
Tues., 10/15 - Washington University in St. Louis - 8:00 am
Tues., 10/15 - Central Connecticut State University - 11:00 am
Tues., 10/15 - University of New Haven - 11:30 am
Tues., 10/15 - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA) - 12:00 pm
Wed., 10/16 - Bryant University - 8:00 am
Wed., 10/16 - Clarkson University - 8:30 am
Wed., 10/16 - SUNY Albany - 9:00 am
Wed., 10/16 - Johns Hopkins University - 9:30 am
Wed., 10/16 - Manhattanville College - 10:00 am
Wed., 10/16 - American International College - 11:00 am
Wed., 10/16 - Ramapo College of New Jersey - 11:30 am
Wed., 10/16 - Springfield College - 12:00 pm
Thur., 10/17 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 8:00 am
Thur., 10/17 - Rhode Island College - 8:30 am
Thur., 10/17 - The College of Saint Rose - 9:30 am
Thur., 10/17 - College of Charleston - 11:00 am
Thur., 10/17 - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - 12:00 pm
Fri., 10/18 - Landmark College - 9:00 am
Fri., 10/18 - Pace University, Westchester - 10:00 am
Fri., 10/18 - Virginia Tech - 10:30 am
Fri., 10/18 - CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice - 12:00 pm
Mon., 10/21 - Northern Vermont University - 8:00 am
Mon., 10/21 - Dean College - 9:00 am
Mon., 10/21 - University of Hartford - 9:30 am
Mon., 10/21 - Roanoke College - 10:30 am
Mon., 10/21 - University of Tampa - 11:00 am
Mon., 10/21 - SUNY Oswego - 12:00 pm
Tues., 10/22 - Birmingham-Southern College - 8:30 am
Tues., 10/22 - Eastern Connecticut State University - 9:30 am
Tues., 10/22 - Manhattan College - 10:30 am
Tues., 10/22 - University of Connecticut - 11:30 am
Tues., 10/22 - University of Maine at Farmington - 12:00 pm
Wed., 10/23 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 12:00 pm
Thur., 10/24 - Wentworth Institute of Technology - 8:30 am
Thur., 10/24 - Montclair State University - 12:00 pm
Fri., 10/25 - Juniata College - 8:00 am
Fri., 10/25 - Temple University - 8:30 am
Fri., 10/25 - George Washington University - 11:00 am
Mon., 10/28 - Monmouth University - 9:00 am
Mon., 10/28 - University of Maine - 9:30 am
Mon., 10/28 - DePaul University - 11:00 am
Mon., 10/28 - University of Southern Maine - 11:30 am
Mon., 10/28 - St. John's University - Staten Island - 12:00 pm
Wed., 10/30 - Paul Smith's College - 8:30 am
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'.